Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Recent Bump in Law School Applications

From the Faculty Lounge:

As of 1/18/13, total applicants were down 20.1% and applications were down 22.3%.

As of 1/4/13, total applicants were down 22.1% and applications were down 23.8%.

As of 12/7/12, total applicants were down 22.4% and applications were down 24.6%.

Does the"bump" signal good news in coming months? Professor Dan Filler observes:

While this year's drop is dramatic, I'm surprised at how few people have been talking about the longer term story of law school applications: with the exception of two years (2009 and 2010), the number of law school applicants has dropped every year since a high of 100,600 in 2004.  This chart tells that story graphically.  If you take a look here, you discover that the big pool in 2004 was the cap to a dramatic 33% spike in applicants: only four years earlier, in 2000, there were a total 74,600 applicants - roughly halfway between the 2011 and 2012 applicant pools.


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