With the nation's birthrate falling and the number of high school graduates in steady decline, institutions of higher learning have been scrambling to maintain student levels.

One source of relief may come from judicial system reforms that will require more legal professionals to speed up trial proceedings and cover more complex and technical legal issues.

Beginning Thursday, 68 universities across the country -- 22 public and 46 private -- will open new law schools modeled after those in the United States, which focus on case studies and practical skills.