"Deadpool" has taken attention away from the real dead pool.
In the comic books, Deadpool is a Marvel character with superhuman abilities. In the Ryan Reynolds version, he is also super-irreverent and deathly funny.
But a real dead pool is a game that involves guessing when someone will die. In the law-school watch, it looks like the pool is filling up.
Biggest Enrollment Declines
Paul Caron, editor of the TaxProf Blog, published a list of law schools with the biggest enrollment declines in first-year students. Because declining enrollment spells imminent failure, the list is a polite version of a dead pool.
With no death march accompaniment, here is the top of the list:
Some of the law schools are on financial life support. Some have accreditation problems.
Red Flag Warnings
U.S. News & World Report, known for ranking law schools, recently pointed out some red flags at the lower-ranked schools. It said applicants should:
Teacher layoffs, fewer classes, top-tier resignations; these could be red flags. Loss of accreditation; campus closure; bankruptcy; these would be white flags.