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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WSJ: LSAT Scores at Top Law Schools Hold Steady Amid Applicant Plunge

Following up on yesterday's post, Law School Applicants From Top Colleges Plunge 26%:  Wall Street Journal Law Blog, LSAT Scores at Top Law Schools Hold Steady Amid Applicant Plunge, by Jacob Gershman:

Law Blog thought it would be worth comparing the LSAT 25th/75th percentiles for the Class of 2015 to the same percentiles for the Class of 2012. Here’s how the figures stack up for five top-ranked law schools, according to data published on their websites:

Yale Law:
Class of 2012: 170/176
Class of 2015: 170/176

Harvard Law:
Class of 2012: 171/176
Class of 2015: 170/175

University of Chicago Law:
Class of 2012: 169/173
Class of 2015: 167/173

Duke Law:
Class of 2012: 167/171
Class of 2015: 166/170

Columbia Law:
Class of 2012: 170/175
Class of 2015: 170/174

Update:  Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Harvard’s Still Hard to Get Into, Law School Promises, by Jacob Gershman:

Students wondering whether to take the plunge into law school may want to consider this: the evaporating pool of applicants could boost their chances of getting into Harvard. ... Harvard’s acceptance rate was 11.2% in 2009. In 2012, it was 15.9%, an increase of 42%.

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Since LSAT scores were only a single element in the previous admissions and there was a large pool of applicants with the high scores who competed on other admissions criteria this is not surprising. What it might mean (assuming honesty in the schools' reporting) is that law schools a rung below the top institutions are finding a decline in the higher end LSAT scores to which they previously had access because they are being sucked up by the "elites". Darwinian. Anyone have any data on this?

Posted by: David | Aug 21, 2013 4:01:56 PM

Note that the article says "for five top-ranked law schools" and does NOT say "THE five top-ranked law schools" -- that's why Duke is in the list!

Is the author of the underlying article a Duke grad?

Posted by: Robert Gould | Aug 22, 2013 6:57:45 AM