Monday, November 30, 2020
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Inside Higher Ed, Applications Jump to Law and Medical School:
This is the year for admissions officers to worry about enrollments. Undergraduate enrollment is down 4.4 percent, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Freshman enrollment is down 13 percent. Community college freshman enrollment is down 19 percent.
Graduate enrollment is up modestly, at 2.9 percent.
But law school applications are surging, and some signs suggest that medical school applications are as well. While the application cycle for neither sector is over yet, the numbers have officials encouraged.
Kellye Y. Testy, president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, said that applications are up 32 percent from this point last year. And there are more applications for each applicant, with the average student applying to six law schools instead of five. Applications are up across geographic boundaries and LSAT scores.
For medical schools, the Association of American Medical Colleges didn't see a significant increase in the number of students who took the MCAT in the last year (only about 2 percent). But applications to medical schools are up 18 percent compared to a year ago. ...
Some are more skeptical about the law application increases. Jeff Thomas, Kaplan's executive director of legal programs, cautioned against reading too much into these early data. ...
Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, a group that strives for more information about law schools and careers, said via email, "So often application increases are described as positive because the primary frame is through the business-side of higher ed. But: I am very concerned that law schools will neglect the job market for their graduates because they or their parent university are financially desperate.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- 6% Through the Admissions Season: Applicants Are Up Over 35%, With Biggest Increases Among The Highest LSAT Bands (Oct. 5, 2020)
- 16% Through the Admissions Season: Applicants Are Up Over 35%, With Biggest Increases Among The Highest LSAT Bands And Applicants Of Color (Nov. 2, 2020)
- 25% Through the Admissions Season: Applicants Are Up 32%, With Biggest Increases Among The Highest LSAT Bands And Applicants Of Color (Nov. 23, 2020)
- Mike Spivey, Projections For Fall 2021 Law School Applicants: +28% (+53% In 160-180 LSAT Band) (Nov. 16, 2020)
- Karen Sloan (Law.com), Law School Applicants Are Way Up. Is It A 'Trump Bump' Or An 'RBG Moment'? (Nov. 18, 2020)
- Jeff Thomas (Kaplan), Is The Projected Large Increase In Fall 2021 Law School Applicants A COVID-19 Illusion? First-Time LSAT Test-Takers Are Down 3% (Nov. 19, 2020)