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More women than men in law school for first time ever

Timothy Pratt writes, "For the first time ever, women make up a slight majority of students enrolled at American Bar Association-accredited law schools, according to data released this week.

The ABA data shows 55,728 women are enrolled in law schools. Put another way: 50.3 percent of J.D. students nationwide are women.

It’s the highest percentage of women since the ABA began keeping track of gender and law school enrollment in 1963. Fifty-three years ago, 3.7 percent of law school students were women.

The number also continues a six-year trend of increasing percentages of women enrolled in law school, said Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization.

'It’s a milestone for the legal profession — not just legal education,' he said.

At the same time, McEntee added, 'it’s one that have to be careful about over-celebrating, given the context in which they’re occurring.'

He pointed to a report he co-authored last month that concluded women are more likely to attend law schools that received lower U.S. News & World Report rankings, and carry worse job placement records."

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