Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Bloomberg: Law School Application Surge Means ‘Nightmare’ Contest For Slots

Bloomberg, Law School Application Surge Means ‘Nightmare’ Contest for Slots:

The number of applications to U.S. law schools for admission this year has surged 28% from last year, according to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), a nonprofit group that administers the test. Applications this year were at their highest level since 2011, and that’s creating heartache for students facing more competition and higher scores. It’s also complicating admissions at law schools, which in some cases have resorted to asking accepted students to defer.

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Part of the increase can be credited to the traditional attractiveness of graduate school in an economic downturn, since much of the explosion in applications took place during the pandemic’s plunge in employment. But admissions counselors are pointing to other factors, including a focus on policing and the justice system since last year’s murder of George Floyd, the energizing effect of an election and, simply, the lack of other things to do while the nation was locked down to stem the spread of the coronavirus. ...

All but 10 of the 200 law schools the LSAC tracks saw their applications increase, and those applicants are brandishing sky-high LSAT scores, with the number of students. ...

At Harvard Law School, Chief Admissions Officer Kristi Jobson’s office received more applications than ever before. Due to Covid restrictions, hours that Jobson normally spent jetting around the country to meet with student groups and promising prospects were dedicated to plowing through the pile. ...

Some other schools are dealing with overenrollment and in some cases have incentivized deferral. Law schools at the University of Texas at Austin, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are among those that have grappled with the surge in applications.

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