The law schools with the biggest changes in class size for the class of 2016

With the job market being so brutal for law school graduates, I am very cautious about where I am going for law school. One of the schools that I am thinking about attending is Wake Forest.

They have offered me a nice scholarship. I am attracted to North Carolina. I am comfortable with their ranking and brand name.

However, I have just learned that their class size increased 43.20% from the class of 2015 to the class of 2016.

Yikes. That is a big jump. All things being equal, I prefer to attend a school with smaller class sizes compared to larger class sizes. I also much prefer attending a law school that is decreasing class size instead of increasing class size.

My logic is that with decreasing class sizes the future graduates will benefit as there will be less hungry mouths to feed from the alumni network.

Thanks to this helpful thread, I have been able to compile the 6 USA law schools with the biggest changes in class size from the class of 2015 to the class of 2016.

Lets begin with the 6 schools that saw the largest percentage decrease in class size:

Law School % Decrease # Decrease
New England -47.11% -212
Washington & Lee -40.96% -77
Baylor University -39.44% -56
University of Iowa -38.71% -60
University of Hawaii -38.37% -33
Case Western Reserve -35.06% -54

Here are the 6 schools that saw the largest percentage increase in class size:

Law School % Increase # Increase
Mercer 44.96% +58
Wake Forest 43.20% +54
Samford 42.15% +51
Indiana University 32.75% +56
University of Tennessee 31.67% +38
John Marshall 29.83% +54

I have no explanations for any of these schools on why they increased or decreased their class sizes so dramatically. There may be valid reasons. However, I would prefer to attend a school that is decreasing class size as opposed to increasing class size. It will be interesting to redo this list in a few months when the class of 2017 data becomes available.