Following up on yesterday's post, Proportion Of Law School Applicants With LSATs > 160 Is Down 35% Since 2010; < 150 Is Up 146%:
American Lawyer Media Morning Minute:
The Recorder, Fewer Law School Applicants in Line for Upcoming School Year:
The number of law school applicants who scored more than 160 on the LSAT has gone down 35 percent since 2010, according to Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and editor of TaxProf Blog. Inversely, the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores lower than 150 has gone up 146 percent since 2010.
“It’s not a great thing for the profession or for law schools when the best and the brightest are not going to law schools in the same proportion that they have gone in the past,” Caron said in an interview Monday. He said that it’s not a surprise that if LSAT scores are down, three years later, students are having a harder time passing the bar. “It’s not a ringing endorsement for the profession,” he said.
The chain reaction Caron noted is backed by statewide data in California. ...
Caron said it is up to law schools and lawyers to make the legal profession appealing to millennials. He said there are valid criticisms of both the LSAT and the bar exam, but that focusing only on tests ignores the other side of the problem. “There’s been a decline in the top students coming to law school,” he said. “The data are irrefutable there.”
ABA Journal, Those With Good LSAT Scores May Be Choosing to Forgo Law School, Data Indicates:
Law schools have been seeing fewer applicants with LSAT scores of at least 160, while there has been an increase in students with scores between 140 and 159, according to data from Paul Caron, editor of TaxProf Blog. ...
“The story could be that better credentialed college graduates are turning away from going to law school, because they feel they have other opportunities that they feel are more attractive,” Caron told the ABA Journal. “For several years, legal education has taken a pounding. It’s not providing the kinds of opportunities it provided to students in the past.” ...
“It’s kind of like the children’s [game Musical Chairs], Caron says. “There aren’t enough applicants to go around. I can’t imagine that the elite law schools haven’t seen some deterioration in their applicant pools too.”
Above the Law, Law School Applications With Terrible LSAT Scores Are Soaring:
On Pepperdine Law School dean Paul Caron’s popular legal blog, TaxProf Blog, he takes a look at the trend of LSAT scores from 2010 – 2017… and it doesn’t look great. Applicants with less than a 150 LSAT score are up 146 percent over that period. And applications from students that score a 160 or better have dropped 35 percent over that same period of time.
Above the Law, The Law School Brain Drain Continues To Wreak Havoc: Fewer Applicants on Top of Horrible LSAT Scores? Uh-oh ...:
As we previously discussed, the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores of less than 150 has increased by 146 percent over the course of the past 10 years. This is distressing for a number of reasons, and Dean Paul Caron of Pepperdine Law told Karen Sloan of Law.com as much in this interview:
“It’s not a great thing for the profession or for law schools when the best and the brightest are not going to law schools in the same proportion that they have gone in the past,” Caron said in an interview Monday. He said that it’s not a surprise that if LSAT scores are down, three years later, students are having a harder time passing the bar.
“It’s not a ringing endorsement for the profession,” he said.
What is to be done about the law school brain drain? According to Dean Caron, it’s up to law schools to make the legal profession more appealing to millennials. That might not be an easy task, given recent graduates’ inability to pass the bar exam coupled with their burgeoning debt loads. How many recent law grads would recommend going to law school? The answer, we fear, is not many.
Until the wisest of millennials can be convinced that law school is worth the high cost, we may continue to feed the cycle of dismal bar exam passage rates, producing yet another generation of unhappy, unemployed, or underemployed law school graduates. This does not bode well for anyone.