Category Archive: Number of LSAT Takers

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The Number of LSATs Administered Is On the Rise

The number of LSATs administered is on the rise again. There were about 1,400 more LSAT takers in June 2015 than there were in June 2014. That’s about a 6.6% increase. The bad news: law school admissions may get more competitive. The good news: the legal market is improving.

Keep in mind that the number of LSATs administered is different from the number of test takers, because about a quarter of all test takers will retake the LSAT, many doing better the second time around. As of the last application cycle, we’re still at a low for total test takers. But, either way, the effect is that there will likely be more high LSAT scores around.

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Is the LSAT Bouncing Back?

LSAC recently released data about the February LSAT, and the number of people who took the February exam increased by 4.4% (as compared to the number of test-takers in February 2014) — one of the biggest percentage increases in years.

This isn’t the only increase we’ve seen recently – in February 2014, the percentage of test-takers increased by 1.1% over the previous February test, and the percentage of people who took the December 2014 LSAT increased by 0.8% relative to December 2013. The jump in February test-takers is significant mainly because it’s so much larger than those other increases. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time in over five years that the number of test-takers has increased in two consecutive test administrations.

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From the Archives: What the Increase in LSAT Takers Means

With the release of February LSAT scores came news that the number of test-takers increased by 4.4%. That may not seem like much, but it’s only the third time in the last nineteen LSAT administrations that we’ve seen an upward tick in registrations — and all three came within the last five tests. To give us an idea of what this means for the next round of law school applicants, let’s dig into the archives for our thoughts on the first increase from one year ago.

About 200 more people sat for the February LSAT in 2014 than for the February 2013 LSAT. What does this mean? Are law school application numbers on their way to recovery? Probably. Will law school admissions become more competitive? Yup.

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What Does The Increase In December LSAT Takers Mean?

LSAC recently released data revealing the number of people who took the December LSAT, and for the first time since 2009 that number increased. Sure, only by .8%, but given that the overall number of test-takers has been trending steadily (and steeply) downward, that’s still newsworthy.

If you’re planning on applying to law school soon, you might wonder how this news could affect you. After all, we’ve been saying for quite some time that, since the number of applicants is down, those who do end up applying to law school have better odds. If the number of law school applicants starts increasing again, the level of competition among applicants could increase, too.

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Number of LSAT Takers Drops to Historical Low

Four times a year, as regular as sunrise and sunset, LSAC releases the number of LSATs administered on the most recent test date. This year’s no different, as they’ve just released the numbers for the September LSAT. And guess what: they’re down. For those of us who have been following the LSAT over the last few years, this isn’t a surprise.

30,943 aspiring lawyers took the most recent exam. That’s down 8.1% from last year in the same time period. More significantly, it’s down a pretty insane 49.1% from the 60,746 who took the LSAT in October 2009. Think about that for a second. That’s a huge decline in only five years.

Even more astoundingly, it’s the fewest recorded September/October test-takers since LSAC began publishing results in 1987.

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Another Slide: 2014 June LSAT Test-Takers Down 9.1%

The number of people taking the LSAT has dropped yet again.

If it seems like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you probably have. With the exception of a slight uptick in February 2014, the number of people taking the LSAT has steadily declined since October 2010. As I wrote when the December LSAT numbers were released, the decrease in people taking the LSAT is likely good news for people applying to law school now. Fewer people taking the LSAT means fewer law school applicants, which means less competition both for admittance and for scholarships. The good news, however, doesn’t stop there.

According to an article published in the Winter 2014 issue of PreLaw Magazine, though estimates of the exact time-frame vary, there could be more jobs than law school graduates as early as 2016.

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What the Recent Increase in LSAT Test-Takers Really Means

About 200 more people sat for the February LSAT in 2014 than for the February 2013 LSAT. What does this mean? Are law school application numbers on their way to recovery? Probably. Will law school admissions become more completive? Yup.

Here’s a closer look at the ramifications of the recent increase in LSAT test-takers:

The Legal Market Is Improving

The legal profession, like most others, hasn’t been doing so hot since the 2007 financial crisis. Law firm hiring fell, as did real salaries. Many college graduates responded by not taking the LSAT, and not applying to law school.

However, things are getting better.

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LSAT Test-Taker Numbers Up For First Time Since 2010

Blueprint LSAT Prep’s new website wasn’t the only big news of the day.

Today LSAC updated its LSAT test-taker data, and the number of February LSAT test-takers was 19,499 — up 1.1% from last year. LSAT administrations for the year were down 6.2%, but the rise in February LSAT test-takers was the first increase since the June 2010 LSAT. For those counting at home, that breaks a streak of 14 straight LSAT administrations in decline.

Here’s the complete LSAC chart:

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2013 December LSAT Test-Taker Numbers Down 6.2 Percent

LSAC has released the stats for 2013 December LSAT test-takers, and – surprise, surprise – the number of people taking the LSAT is down yet again. This is the 14th straight LSAT to have a decline in test-takers compared to previous years, but whereas last December’s numbers were down by 15.6%, this year’s numbers are “only” down by 6.2%.

Blueprint LSAT Prep’s very own Matt Shinners analyzed this downward trend back in November, after the October LSAT numbers were released, and concluded that the reduction in test-takers was a good thing for everyone involved. He posited that law schools will need to either reduce their class sizes or start accepting applicants with lower GPA and LSAT numbers.

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October LSAT Test-Takers Down 11%: What Does it all Mean?

We here at Blueprint LSAT Prep are shocked (SHOCKED!) to find that, yet again, the number of LSAT test-takers is down. Way down: 11% since last year, and 45% since the high of 2009. According to Law.com (and this handy chart provided by LSAC), this makes it 13 straight administrations with a decline in LSAT test-takers.

To put some numbers on it (and not just percents), 60,746 people took the 2009 October LSAT. That’s more than twice as many students as there were legal positions available (2.28 times as many, to be exact). This year, that number is down to 33,673 – or only 1.4 times as many LSAT test-takers as available legal positions! We call that progress, readers.

But what does it mean?