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COLUMBUS -- Enrollment is down at Ohio's five public law schools and the number of applications has declined even more amid a glut of lawyers nationwide.

The Columbus Dispatch reports decreased enrollment has led to some of the smallest classes in the past decade as students consider their chances of getting hired and debate whether the cost of law school is worth it.

Combined enrollment at Ohio's five public law schools was 674 this year, down from 950 in 2009-2010. The number of applications dropped nearly 40 percent in that span, from about 8,500 to just under 5,200 this fall.

Nationwide, applications dropped to the lowest level in three decades.

There are about 45,000 U.S. law school graduates annually, but experts say there are only about half that many positions available.