Ruth Hammond is editor of the Chronicle Focus collections, the Chronicle List, and the Almanac; follow her on Twitter @RuthEHammond or email her at ruth.hammond@chronicle.com.

Kellye Testy, president and chief executive of the Law School Admission Council, has an inside view of the struggles that law schools are going through as they try to recover from a long decline in applications and enrollment. In a visit to The Chronicle in December, she described signs that the outlook for many law schools may be improving. The number of applications is beginning to rise again. And the current political climate has engendered more interest in law and the effect it can have on issues like immigration and social justice.

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