For updates, see my series of posts on recent trends in law school admissions.
Applicant numbers are down 15.6%, and applications submitted are down 13.6%, according to data submitted through 3/30/12.
(LSAC states, "Last year at this time, we had 91% of the preliminary final applicant count." As such, we can project that this cycle will have ~66,696 applicants.)
Combined with the decline in law school applicant and application numbers in the previous cycle, there's been a major drop-off over the past 2 years.
The cycle for Fall 2011 matriculation saw a 10.7% decrease in the number of applicants, and an 11% decrease in the number of applications submitted, from the previous year.
The new numbers are no surprise, given the steep decline in LSATs administered over the past 2 years (NYTimes, Above the Law, ABA Journal). LSATs administered fell 16.2% this past year, and that was after a 9.6% decline in LSATs administered in the previous year.
In short, we've already seen nearly a 25% decrease in the number of LSATs administered over the past 2 years.
Now, we're likely seeing a 24.1% drop in the number of law school applicants and 19.6% decrease in the number of law school applications submitted over the past 2 years.
Update #1: Will Law Schools' Scramble for Applicants / Rankings Turn Even Uglier?
Update #2: Chart showing declining number of law school applicants:
For further reading, see my series of posts on recent trends in law school admissions.
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