Friday, May 16, 2014

LSAC Releases Update on Law School Applications

ASL Not the only Law School Adjusting to the New Normal 

This month, LSAC reports: “As of 5/09/14, there are 337,978 Fall 2014 applications submitted by 49,907 applicants. Applicants are down 8.3% and applications are down 8.9% from 2013.” 

One blogger charted, in late 2013, the national downturn in applicants based on LSAC data: It is a very powerful illustration of the change in the number over the last several years.

The National Jurist explained in a Dec. 2013 article about the drop of enrolled students:
According to figures released by the American Bar Association, law schools enrolled 39,675 new students this fall—an 11 percent decrease from the 44,481 students who enrolled last fall. The last time law schools saw such low 1L enrollment was 1975, when there were 163 ABA-accredited law schools. There are 202 such schools today . . . . University of St. Thomas School of law professor Jerome Organ in June wrote a blog post predicting 38,300 to 39,900 matriculants in 2013.
I have blogged about the various aspects of this story here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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