Another Wrinkle in the Decline of Law School Applicants

We all know the constant year to year declines in law school applications.  The latest figures from the Law School Admission Council show it:

As of 4/03/15, there are 308,871 fall 2015 applications submitted by 45,978 applicants. Applicants are down 2.8% and applications are down 5.0% from 2014.

Last year at this time, we had 87% of the preliminary final applicant count.

What’s not in these figures is contained in a story on Bloomberg Business which states that there are about 50% fewer applicants from LSAT takers who scored 165 or above.  Law applicants with lower scores are taking slots that these individuals would normally fill.  That is disturbing on any number of levels.  Lower average LSAT scores affect rankings and, I think, quality of graduates.  Somehow, Senator Roman Hruska’s statement on failed Supreme Court nominee G. Harold Carswell comes to mind:

Even if he is mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance?”

They just may get it, Senator.



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