Monday, April 9, 2012

Law school applications are also down by 15%; greatest impact on high LSAT students

According to the Law School Admission Council.

ABA Fall 2012 Applicant and Application Counts

The following is a breakdown of ABA 2012 applicants and applications by region (based on ACES/ACES² data received through 03/30/12) and the percent change from last year:

Region Applicants Applications
# Pct Chg # Pct Chg
Far West 7,940 -15.9% 65,203 -13.2%
Great Lakes 7,863 -16.5% 67,458 -14.0%
Midsouth 7,439 -17.1% 82,283 -13.6%
Midwest 2,099 -20.4% 12,363 -14.5%
Mountain West 3,311 -13.2% 13,911 -10.4%
New England 2,917 -19.0% 36,387 -12.1%
Northeast 9,769 -16.4% 77,009 -17.3%
Northwest 1,752 -13.9% 10,628 -13.2%
South Central 6,322 -9.4% 30,371 -11.8%
Southeast 8,617 -10.1% 45,351 -9.5%
Regional Total 58,029 -14.9%

Other* 2,664 -28.4%

Total 60,693 -15.6% 440,964 -13.6%

* Other includes those applicants whose permanent residence is not available or is outside the United States.

Last year at this time, we had 91% of the preliminary final applicant count.

Currently there is one school with an application volume increase of 40% or more, while 17 schools show a volume decrease of 30% or more. 29 schools show an increase in applications, while 167 show a decline and 2 show no change. A more detailed breakdown of school increases/decreases is shown below:

Increase of 100% or more: 1
Increase of 50% to 99%: -
Increase of 40% to 49%: -
Increase of 30% to 39%: -
Increase of 20% to 29%: 1
Increase of 10% to 19%: 11
Increase of 1% to 9%: 16
No change: 2
Decrease of 1% to 9%: 34
Decrease of 10% to 19%: 76
Decrease of 20% to 29%: 40
Decrease of 30% or greater: 17

Applications to private institutions are down 13.5%, while applications to public law schools are down 13.8%.

Significantly, the LSAC has collected data suggesting that students with higher LSAT scores are staying away from law school more than students with the lowest scores.

The chart below shows the high LSAT score of 2012 ABA applicants with the percent change from last year:

Highest LSAT Number of Applicants Pct Chg YTD
< 140 4,180 -4.3%
140–144 5,631 -6.2%
145–149 8,709 -13.8%
150–154 11,449 -18.8%
155–159 12,059 -13.8%
160–164 8,817 -18.4%
165–169 5,673 -18.5%
170–174 2,571 -20.7%
175–180 659 -13.6%

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