19 Int'l J. Legal Prof. 227 (2012)
Coping with the Consequences of Too Many Lawyers: Securing the Place of International Graduate Law Students

handle is hein.journals/injlepro19 and id is 227 raw text is: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, 2012                    Routledge
Vol. 19, Nos. 2-3, 227-245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2013.769439  I
Coping with the consequences of 'too many
lawyers': securing the place of international
graduate law students
CAROLE SILVER*'**
*Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
**Law School Survey of Student Engagement, USA
ABSTRACT This article considers the role of international graduate law students as
potentially contributing to the 'solution' of the economic challenges facing US law schools.
It suggests that intense competition for international graduate students from law schools
within and outside of the United States creates challenges for US schools interested in
maintaining and developing their international student populations. Understanding what
international students want will help schools succeed in this competition. Satisfying those
desires may require schools to allow globalization to infiltrate their structures, activities and
traditional approaches to educating lawyers.
1. Introduction
The concern that there are 'too many lawyers' has some currency in the United States
today. Regardless of the position taken in the debate about what the number of lawyers
should be, however, US law schools are experiencing the effects of the perception that
there are too many lawyers. In 2011 and 2012, fewer individuals sat for the law school
entrance exam than in earlier years (LSAC, 2012b), and the number of applicants
declined substantially in each of the last two years (LSAC, 2012a). It appears that
the combination of job market concerns and what Bryant Garth (2013) describes
as the rhetoric of crisis have contributed to the perception that the market for law
graduates is overly saturated. Commentators on legal education predict that these
forces will cause law schools to close, faculty hiring to slow and their salaries to
decrease (Chemerinsky, 2010; Leiter, 2012).
Just as businesses look for growth opportunities when they perceive market sat-
uration (Shane, 1996; Menkel-Meadow, 2012), law schools also may look for new
populations of prospective students; specifically, they may look overseas (Hansen,
Address for correspondence: Carole Silver Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law,
Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47401, USA. Email: silvercgindiana.edu

( 2012 Taylor & Francis

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