January 23, 2012
Is Greater Scrutiny by the Media Leading to a Decline in Law School Applicants?
On Legal Skills Prof Blog, Jim Levy reported that
According to a password protected report posted in the "law school" section at LSAC.org, both the number of applicants and applications to ABA accredited law schools for the fall 2012 term has dropped more than 15% since last year.
LSAC director of communications Wendy Margolis confirmed the figures for the ABAJ here but with one hugh caveat:
“The caveat is that we are very early in the cycle,” Margolis says. “So these numbers change considerably.” The number of applicants at this time last year represented about 48 percent of the ultimate count.
For the moment, the total number of applicants at ABA-approved law schools stands at 31,815, a drop of 16.7 percent from last year. The total number of applications is 233,361, a drop of 15.3 percent. [JH]