As of May 1, law school applicants are up 2.46% over last year. However, the total number of law school applications is down by 2.43%. So clearly applicants aren’t applying to as many law schools anymore.
If you zoom in on demographics, white applicants and black applicants are down 1.8% and 2.3%, respectively. Applications from Asians and Hispanics/Latinos are up 5.9% and 7.4%, respectively. Of course, “Not Indicated” is up 119.2% and the increase in that category accounts for a whopping 95.2% of the increase in this year’s applicants. Suffice to say, we’re not comfortable reaching hard conclusions on this year’s demographic trends!
Finally, applicants with LSAT scores equal to or greater than 170 were down 6.8%. Hence, if your LSAT is 170 or above, it looks like you’ll have a slightly better chance of gaining admission to a top law school this fall. And just for the sake of being thorough, applicants with LSAT scores between 165 and 169 were down 1.6%.