Paul L. Caron
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Fall 2020 Law School Applicants Down 1%, But Surge 11% In The Highest LSAT Bands (165+) As 2019 Draws To A Close

As we close the books on 2019, we are 41% of the way through the Fall 2020 law school admissions season. Law school applicants are down 1.0%, and applications are up 1.6%:

2019 Admissions Data

There is an 11% surge in LSAT scores in the highest three bands (165-180), and steep declines in the middle three bands (150-164): -4.4% and lowest three bands (<140-149): -12.7%:

LSAT Last Year Current Year Change
< 140 962 747 -22.3%
140-144 1,398 1,373 -1.8%
145-149 2,875 2,448 -14.9%
150-154 4,165 3,890 -6.6%
155-159 4,783 4,569 -4.5%
160-164 4,555 4,450 -2.3%
165-169 3,453 3,903 13.0%
170-174 1,864 1,990 6.8%
175-180 474 536 13.1%

Update:  Scott Boone (John Marshall-Atlanta) notes that the dispersal of scores was affected by LSAC's decision to allow July test-takers (the first to use the new digital format) to cancel their scores after getting them. Roughly 50% of the July test-takers cancelled their scores. See more here.

Here is the application breakdown by region:

Region Last Year Current Year Change
Mountain West 4,981 5,378 8.0%
New England 14,855 15,565 4.8%
Far West 21,608 22,538 4.3%
South Central 10,312 10,642 3.2%
Southeast 10,971 11,304 3.0%
Northeast 29,453 30,097 2.2%
Midsouth 30,862 30,741 -0.4%
Great Lakes 22,889 22,657 -1.0%
Northwest 2,690 2,507 -6.8%
Midwest 4,893 4,508 -7.9%

Pepperdine is one of the four law schools with application increases in excess of 40%:

Law School Volume Change

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