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Saturday, January 22, 2011

LSAT Test-Takers Down 10%, Law School Applications Down 12%

The Law School Admission Council reports that YTD 2010-11 LSAT test takers are down 10.0% from 2009-10 (albeit the 129,414 test takers is the second largest YTD testing volume in history). Fall 2011 law school applications are down 12.2% (and applicants are down 12.5%). (Hat Tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog.)

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The chart's resolution is not-so-great but...doesn't it appear that the last few years' increase in "tests taken" is much greater than the increase in actual applicants? Even in percentage terms - the slope of the former appears much steeper than the latter.

Has the actual number of tests per applicant shot up? Has there been a huge increase in test takers who then decide *not* to apply?

I don't think I've seen any commentary on this phenomenon.

Anyone have any insight?

Posted by: cas127 | Jan 22, 2011 9:37:23 AM

For just a second I thought, "good, this means the law schools will be churning out fewer suckers three year from now." Yeah, I must confess, that silly conclusion momentarily went through my head. In fact, it means the same number of suckers; they'll just have a lower average LSAT score.

Posted by: Jim O'Sullivan | Jan 22, 2011 10:36:21 AM