Tuition increases, but law schools apps continue to decrease.

The Wall Street Journal reports.

Law School Applications Keep Falling

As the cost of law school rises and the number of entry-level legal jobs stagnates, the number of law-school applicants continues to fall.

According to the latest numbers from the Law School Admission Council, 50,269 people submitted applications to nationally accredited law schools as of last week, down 2.5% from the same time last year. Those would-be lawyers applied to an average of more than six schools per person, and the total volume of applications was down 4.6% from 2014. At this point in the year, LSAC says it usually has around 95% of the year’s data collected.

The numbers track with what LSAC reported in April, when applicants were down 2.6% versus last year and applications down 4.7%.

Until the recession, law school often served as a stopping-off point for college graduates unsure what to do with their lives or looking to bolster their resume. Now, with the average cost of public law school tuition at $23,900 per year and the average private school tab at nearly $42,000 a year, according to the American Bar Association, it’s no longer a decision to take lightly.

Law schools have adjusted by scaling back entry-level class sizes, boosting financial aid or cutting tuition price, and trimming staff ranks.