Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 25, 2021

Halfway Through The Fall 2021 Law School Admissions Cycle: Applicants Are Up 22%, With Biggest Increases Among The Highest LSAT Bands

We are now 50% of the way through Fall 2021 law school admissions season. The number of law school applicants reported by LSAC is up 21.8% compared to last year at this time (a 9.3 percentage point drop since December 31, 2020 and a 16.4 percentage point drop since December 20, 2020).


Applicants are up the most in New England (31.5%), Midwest (29.2%), and Far West (24.5%); and up the least in the Great Lakes (17.5%), Northwest (18.0%), and Midsouth (20.2%):


Applicants' LSAT scores are up 59.6% in the 170-180 band, 23.2% in the 160-169 band, 10.6% in the 150-159 band, and 8.2% in the 120-149 band:


Puerto Rican applicants are up 44.3%; Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander applicants are up 33.3%; Black/African-American applicants are up 29.2%; American Indian/Alaska Native applicants are up 27.8%; Caucasian/White applicants are up 22.9%; Hispanic/Latino applicants are up 22.1%; Asian applicants are up 17.9%; and applicants who did not reveal their ethnicity are up 13.3%.


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