Monday, December 7, 2015

LSAC reports number of law school applicants up slightly from last year while applications are down

The LSAC is reporting that as of November 27, 2015, with an estimated 25% of the final applicant count in, the total number of students applying to law school for the 2016 fall semester is up only 0.6% from last year while the number of applications is down 4.1%. Perhaps this suggests students are being more selective in where and how many law schools they apply to because there's less competition to get in. The latest LSAC numbers are somewhat surprising given that each of the last four administrations of the LSAT saw an increase in the number of test-takers from the year before.  In June the number of prospective law students who took the LSAT was up 6.6% from the year before and in October it was up 7.4% from the previous year. The LSAC estimates that approximately 25% of the total number of applicants for the 2016-17 academic year have submitted their applications based on last year's numbers. Below are two graphs prepared by the LSAC showing the number of applications and applicants for the past three years per week throughout the admissions cycle. Click here for the LSAC website to read more.




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