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Monday, November 25, 2013

Brilliant People Are Still Applying to Law School

Matt Leichter, Brilliant People Still Applying to Law School:

. . . Or at least “people who can crush standardized tests” are still applying to law school.

I’m not going to go out of my way to cite them, but I’ve seen it asserted that the “wrong people” are choosing not to apply to law school. By “wrong people” they mean those with high GPAs and LSAT scores, aka those who keep civilization from fragmenting into warring states. Focusing only on LSAT scores—as they’re most comparable—the story is a little more complicated. Sure, the collapse in applicants has skewed towards the high end of the LSAT spectrum, but for the most part, the decline has been in the middle.

Here’s 2012 compared to 2010.

Percent Change Number of Applicants by LSAT Score Bracket

[H]ere’s the decline in law schools’ full-time matriculants’ LSAT scores by their 2014 edition U.S. News rankings.

2010-2012 LSAT Score Decline by U.S. News Category (2014 Edition)

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So now “those with high GPAs and LSAT scores” are all that stands between us and “civilization . . . fragmenting into warring states?” Wowee zowee. Somebody needs to go back and reread David Halberstam’s “The Best and the Brightest.” Or maybe read it for the first time.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 25, 2013 8:20:05 AM

I'm embarrassed for this guy's writing. "Brilliant" people? Who can "crush" tests? Is this guy 25 years old? No one in the professional world talks that way.

Posted by: Egads | Nov 25, 2013 5:56:48 PM