October Data is Out: The Decline in LSAT Takers Continues

The downward trend continues. LSAC released data showing that the October 2013 LSAT sitting was the 13th in a row with fewer test takers than the previous year.  There were 11% fewer people taking the test than in October of last year.  The LSAC figures reveal, moreover, that applicant numbers have returned to what they were in the second half of the 1990’s.

Keep 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 (and that the news outlets have picked up on it), means any school in denial, or vocal optimists confident that a turnaround was “just around the corner” must face the reality: the way the ‘law school economy’ has been operating over the last decade must change.

But aside from confirming (and perhaps exceeding) my past predictions, what does this mean for you? Practically speaking, it could mean a little or a lot if you are applying in the next year or so.  On the one hand, the top 10 law schools won’t have any trouble filling their classes with desirable students, and the law schools who will suffer the most are mid- to-lower tier law schools.  But facts are undeniable that the competition is down, and if your law school application package is strong, you may receive significantly stronger consideration—and money offers—from law schools you might not have had a much more doubtful shot at in previous admission cycles.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on November 8, 2013.

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