LSAC has just reported that law school applications are down 20 percent from a year ago. The reason for the decline is obvious: it’s the debt versus job prospects analysis. If you’ve missed the headlines about hiring trends for lawyers, especially from lower ranked schools, then you haven’t been doing your research on law school admissions. The statistic demonstrates that people are more informed and that the headlines are impacting people who might have otherwise gone to law school. But what does the decrease mean for law school applicants?
There is no question that people are getting into more reach schools this year. My clients with mid-160 LSAT scores are getting into schools that two years ago would not have considered them without a high 160s score. Are they equally bright and deserving? Yes. But the LSAT is now less of a barrier, and for that I am grateful.