A National Jurist study reports that, depending on how you measure it, Cooley Law School's drop in enrollment over the last three years ranks the school either #1 or #2 nationally. Based on the study, Cooley came in first for the biggest drop in raw numbers -- from 3,931 students in 2010-2011 to 2,334 students in 2013-2014, but Cooley's 40.6% decline in overall enrollment was a distant second to University of La Verne Law School's 66.2% decline. La Verne's precipitous drop followed its loss of ABA accreditation in 2011. The median law school enrollment decline was 10.8%.
Cooley's associate dean of enrollment and student services, Paul Zelenski, told National Jurist that the school had anticipated the downturn, so the current situation "was not a surprise," and that Cooley has been active on the recruitment scene by adding new programs and events to attract students when the market recovers.