Paul L. Caron

Sunday, November 3, 2013

More on the Grim LSAT News

Following up on Thursday's post, More Grim LSAT News:



National Law Journal, LSAT Numbers Decline for Fourth Straight Year:

The number of people who took the LSAT in October—traditionally the biggest cohort annually—dropped by 11 percent since last year, marking the fourth year of steady decline and intensifying worries that a turnaround remains out of sight.

The drop in October followed a 5 percent decline of test takers in June from the previous year, according to the Law School Admission Council, which administers the Law School Admission Test four times a year.

Together, these early indicators suggest that law schools are in for yet another difficult admission cycle. ...

In October, 33,673 people took the LSAT, down from 37,780 last year. That’s just under half—45 percent—of the 60,746 who took the October LSAT in 2009, a historic high. ... the October 2013 Law School Admission Test was the 13th straight administration with fewer test takers compared to the previous year.

Matt Leichter, LSAT Tea-Leaf Reading: October 2013 Edition:


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Somebody should sue somebody for some reason, for some amount of damages, some day.

Posted by: PacRim Jim | Nov 5, 2013 1:17:00 AM

Good one, matt.

Posted by: No, breh. | Nov 4, 2013 5:47:24 PM

People choosing not to go to law schools are fools. As Simkovic and McIntrye show, this is just cyclical. In a few years big law firms will be begging people to join them as associates.

Posted by: matt | Nov 4, 2013 2:34:39 PM

One thing somebody might take away from this graph is that the prospects for lawyer employment increase during Republican administrations and decline during Democrat administrations. Which is pretty weird!

Posted by: William Bell | Nov 4, 2013 2:24:09 PM

In October, 33,673 people took the LSAT[...]. That’s just under half—45 percent—of the 60,746 who took the October LSAT in 2009, a historic high.

I think someone is mathematically challenged. 33673/60746 is 55% (or just OVER half) by my sums

Posted by: FrancisT | Nov 4, 2013 8:52:48 AM

Good news for lawyers and the legal profession. The only people who will be adversely affected are law school administrators and faculty -- and if they have to cut back on faculty or admin positions, they can always return to private practice and become practicing lawyers, right?

Posted by: Robert Gould | Nov 4, 2013 6:15:36 AM

Alternative titles:

"More on the Encouraging LSAT Numbers"
"Better Consumer Information Now Reaches Prospective Law Students, Say Insiders"
"LSAT Numbers Down, Thousands Spared"

Posted by: No, breh | Nov 3, 2013 2:20:51 PM