Lakewood High School in northwest Indiana has become the first U.S. high school to offer law school for the first time in more than 50 years.
Lakewood, the nation’s sixth-largest city, is one of the nation and the most populous in the Midwest, but the school has struggled to get students to attend.
Lakeville High School, in Pennsylvania, is now the only law school in the nation to offer a law degree, and more than 1,000 students have completed the program, according to the Association of Law Schools and Colleges.
Law school is a highly competitive field, and the number of applicants has grown over the years, according, the Association.
Law schools often have lower graduation rates than non-law schools and also have fewer alumni than nonlaw schools, said Scott M. Moller, director of the Association’s National Center for Law and Public Policy.
Many law schools offer courses in both public and private law, which can lead to financial difficulties, according the Association, which is an umbrella organization for the nations law schools.
In 2018, more than 7,500 law students enrolled in public law schools and more 8,000 in private law schools in the United States.
Students at Lakewood, a community school that started in the 1980s, are entering their fourth year of law school.
The program will begin next fall.
It will offer two-year and four-year degrees, and also will be a competitive program, said Laura Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the school.
Lake Wood was founded by parents David and Janet Stump in 1987 and has a enrollment of about 50 students.
The Stump family opened the school in 1981, but it expanded in the late 1980s.
In recent years, they have opened more schools, including Lakewood.
Schmitt said Lakewood’s graduates are not as qualified to enter the business world as some other law schools but have been able to do well in the field.
Lakewood offers students who majored in criminal justice, social work and English, she said.
Schmidt said the program will benefit the students who will be able to help the Stumps and the school expand.
Lakeland and Lakewood schools offer a variety of courses and activities.
The two schools also are working together to bring law school to the community.
Schultz said she is excited that the school is adding law school students in 2018, because the students will have an opportunity to make the most of their legal education.
Lake Hills Community College in the San Diego area, which began offering a law school degree in 2013, was also added in 2017.
Lake Hills and Lake Forest, the two communities nearest to Lakewood in Indiana, were both among the first to offer the program.
Lake Highlands Community College, which opened in 2007, has more than 100 students enrolled.
Lake Highlands is now one of two U.P.A. community colleges in Indiana that offer a bachelor of law degree.
The other is in Chicago.
Lake County College in Indianapolis is the second community college in Indiana to offer its students a law-related degree.
It has about 80 students enrolled, and it was the first school to make it happen in the state.