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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fall 2017 Law School Applicants Down 5.1%

LSACLSAC, Three-Year ABA Volume Comparison:

As of 12/02/16, there are 81,710 applications submitted by 14,892 applicants for the 2017–2018 academic year. Applicants are down 5.1% and applications are down 1.7% from 2016–2017. Last year at this time, we had 28% of the preliminary final applicant count.


Matt Leichter projects that there will be 53,186 law school applicants in Fall 2017, compared to 56,126 in Fall 2016.

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It'll really be interesting what happens if this cycle ends up being down, with so many universities already at their wit's end with their law schools financial positions, and the worst qualified entering classes in history graduating and taking the bar, just when the ABA 75% pass rate rule takes effect. Winter is coming.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 10, 2016 7:15:52 AM


Not to mention Trump and the GOP Congress's desire to repeal about half of the IBR plans and "get the federal government out of student lending." It will be much harder to attract halfway sentient law students when they realize that they'll have nonnegotiable four-figure private student loan payments six or nine months after graduation, regardless of employment status.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Dec 11, 2016 9:45:57 AM