Law School Applicants Up Again, Though Growth Is Less

The National Law Journal reports that the number of law school applicants rose 3% this year.  That’s actually not a bad number if you’re one of the applicants; it’s a lot better for you competitively than the reported 20% increase in LSAT administrations last fall might have led you to expect.  And the increase is less than the 5% increase in applications in 2009, compared to 2008.

The best news in the article is that most of the incoming law students interviewed indicated that they had done some analysis of the legal employment market and careful thinking about why they wanted to be lawyers.  As we’ve said, the risk that the legal employment market will fail to recover (or fail to recover much) could reasonably be weighted less heavily by those who really want to be lawyers (although they’ll still need to weight the possibility that there simply won’t be sufficient positions available).  On the other hand, those going to law school because they can’t think of anything else to do, think practicing law is glamorous or just want the money they think is waiting at the end of the rainbow, should put a heavy weight on continued weakness in attorney hiring—they’re going to law school for a reason other than becoming a good lawyer.  How strongly the uncertain future state of the law hiring market is considered in deciding to pay substantial amounts and incur a large level of debt to attend law school should depend very much on each person’s desire to be a good lawyer.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on July 13, 2010.

5 Responses to “Law School Applicants Up Again, Though Growth Is Less”

  1. […] news is hardly unique among law schools.  With law school applications rising, on a year-over year basis, 5% in 2009 and another 3% in 2010, it’s axiomatic that a lot of law […]

  2. […] it’s true that applications have risen each of the last two years, while opportunities for law school graduates have definitively not risen and the number of law […]

  3. […] (let’s call it your “initial cohort”).  In the current market, with applications having risen in the last two years, the number of people in every such cohort is larger than it used to be, but it was always big.  […]

  4. […] put the increase in administrations in broader context, law school applications have also risen in the last two years by 5% and 3%, respectively.  That correlates directionally with the increase in LSAT […]

  5. […] in mind the downward slope appears very sharp because of by the fact that in 2009 and 2010, applicants were at an all-time high. But the fact that the decline has continued to this point […]

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