Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 AccessLex Institute Legal Education Data Deck

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AccessLex Institute, 2017 Legal Education Data Deck: Key Trends on Access, Affordability, and Value:

This living document is updated periodically with the most current aggregate data on legal education, with source credits to the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and the National Conference of Bar Examiners [2015 Data Deck]. The 2017 update of the data deck includes a few notable changes. In particular, LSAC now reports applicant and admission data for all terms rather than just the fall term. As a result, the latest applicant and admission data is no longer comparable to prior years.

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Wow. Just wow.

78 percent of law school applicants were accepted somewhere? That's freaking higher than the nationwide average acceptance rate for UNDERGRADUATE colleges & universities! 65.8 percent, according to No wonder bar pass rates are declining, if this is the new standard for selectivity...

And who else noticed that although there are a mighty 157,700 job openings for new lawyers, including openings through attrition, between 2014 and 2024, there have already been 114,897 new law school grads just between 2014 and 2016? So much for that lawyer shortage, eh? Of course we are told that JDs in non-lawyer jobs make just as much as lawyers because reasons, which is totally verified by the roughly 40% in starting salary for JDs in non-professional roles since 2007. And that low $30k range is, remarkably, about $20k per year LESS than the average starting salary for four-year college graduates this year across ALL majors.

Side note: as Access Group is 1) primarily concerned with increasing "access" (read: enrollment) to law school now that it is no longer actively originating private student loans and 2) appears to be in some manner of partnership with LSAC, at least for this study, it would be interesting to see their hot take on the increasing number of law schools that are allowing their applicants to use the GRE.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jun 6, 2017 10:28:23 AM