Looks like college students are starting to realize that applying to law school isn’t such an awesome idea after all. According to a piece by Nathan Koppel in the Wall Street Journal:

The number of law-school applicants this year is down 11.5% from a year ago to 66,876, according to the Law School Admission Council Inc. The figure, which is a tally of applications for the fall 2011 class, is the lowest since 2001 at this stage of the process. The Council estimates that the application process is 86% complete, based on historical patterns.

Law school can be a highly lucrative career move for graduates of top law schools who work for certain corporate law firms. For everyone else though, it’s really just a big debt hole.

Law school graduates just aren’t getting lucrative jobs like they used to, and college students are starting to figure that out.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer