Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

A Tale Of Two Law School Admissions Seasons: 2021 (Up 13%), 2022 (Down 5%, So Far)

Reuters, 2021 Was the Year Everyone Wanted to go to Law School:

When it comes to law school admissions, 2021 was one for the record books.

The number of applicants vying to be first-year law students this fall jumped 13%—the biggest year-over-year increase since 2002. That translated to 12% more 1Ls showing up on campus.

Law School Admission Test scores also shot up, with more than double the number of applicants scoring in the highest band of 175 to 180. As a result, the median LSAT score among the new classes at nearly every law school went up, with some jumping by a previously unheard of three points.

Andy Cornblatt, dean of admissions at Georgetown University Law Center, said the 2021 cycle was a “perfect storm” of the pandemic and current events pushing people to apply to law school., With Applications for 2022 'Robust' So Far, Some Law Schools Eye Fewer Enrollments:

[T]he most recent figures show a 4.7% year-over-year decline in applicants. ...

“Last year was a once-in-a-lifetime admissions cycle where so many conditions collided that it made modeling out this cycle almost impossible for admissions offices,” law school admission consultant Mike Spivey told last week. ... Spivey said last week that he expects enrollment numbers to drop in 2022 “when all is said and done.”

It is still early in the admissions cycle to make predictions about overall application volume, Vikram Amar, College of Law dean at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law, said. “We are targeting a slightly smaller class size for next year’s first-year class,” Amar said. “While we were able to accommodate the larger class that started this fall, following that class with a slightly smaller class will be a better fit for us, especially considering the risks associated with the ongoing pandemic.”

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