Category Archive: Number of LSAT Takers

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June LSAT Test-Takers (Only?) Down 4.9% From Last Year

The LSAC released the numbers, and this year 23,997 law school hopefuls took the June LSAT. That’s a decline of 4.9% from last year’s June LSAT. It’s also the 12th consecutive LSAT administration for which numbers have declined from the previous year.

The last time so few LSAT test-takers took the June LSAT was in 2001. Shrek was playing in theaters, George W. Bush had just been inaugurated, and Justin Bieber had zero Twitter followers. In other words, it’s been a while.

On the other hand, 4.9% is the smallest year over year decline in LSAT test-takers since things started tanking in October 2010. Perhaps it’s starting to bottom out. Or not. The June LSAT has lost a smaller percentage of its test-takers over the last few years than have the other LSAT administrations.

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Number of December LSAT Test Takers Dropped Again

The numbers are out, and a losing streak longer than even the Kansas City Chiefs managed this season continued: last December’s LSAT marked the ninth consecutive LSAT administration for which numbers were down from the previous year. 30,226 law school hopefuls took the 2012 December LSAT. That’s down 15.6% from December 2011 and down 40.1% from the December LSAT’s peak of 50,444 in 2009. All of this is largely because of bad press about the legal job market that newly minted lawyers have faced in the past few years.

The precipitous decline in LSAT test takers shows no signs of abating, at least in terms of percentages (there’ll be no percentages vs. numbers fallacies in this LSAT blog post). If you’re looking to go to law school, fewer people taking the LSAT correlates to fewer law school applicants.

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LSAT Test-Takers Disappear Again: What’s it Mean for You?

Jeff Baisley grew up dreaming of the big leagues. And in 2005, that dream (sort of) came true.

Named MVP in 2006 while playing for the Kane County Cougars, Jeff drove in 110 runs and hit 22 homers. Three of them were in the same game.

And if everyone who sat out this year’s October LSAT (compared to last year) were there to witness his amazing feat, you could have filled the stadium.

7,389 fewer people sat for the October LSAT this past month than did the year before. Literally enough to fill a baseball stadium.

Let that sink in.

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June LSAT Test-Taker Numbers Are In: Down Again

What do the June LSAT and the song “OMG” by Usher featuring will.i.am have in common? They both peaked in 2010. The numbers are out, and LSAC has announced that the number of people who took the June LSAT has declined for the second consecutive year. Likewise, the world of pop music has moved on to new and less autotuned places since “OMG” topped the charts in June 2010. This year, 25,223 people took the June LSAT — down 5.9% from last year and down 23.5% from 2010’s peak. It’s reasonable to assume that this trend will continue for the next few administrations of the LSAT. At the very least, I’d be surprised if the number of LSAT test takers were to surge upward anytime soon.

If you’re planning on taking the October LSAT, what does this mean for you?

First of all, this doesn’t mean anything for your LSAT score.

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A Drop in Test-Takers Boosts the Value of a High LSAT Score

I’m not sure if you’ve encountered the same phenomenon, but it’s occurred to me more than once that I see a lot of less-than-intelligent people having kids. I also see a lot of intelligent people not having kids. One could argue that intelligence itself is to blame. After all, if you do a cost-benefit analysis in your twenties, having kids just doesn’t seem to pencil out (to put things in the least emotional terms possible). In other words, smarter people are having less kids because having less kids is the “smarter” thing to do.

I’m going to ask you to apply baby-having to law school because reports indicate that fewer of those with upper echelon LSAT scores are actually applying to law school. Now, this could mean that those with higher LSAT scores merely see LSAT tutoring as an excellent business prospect, but that’s not where I’d place my bets.

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The Numbers are In: The LSAT Stats and What They Mean to You

Every year, thousands and thousands of people just like you take the LSAT. Over a hundred thousand, to be precise. To be even more precise, check out this chart listing the number of administered LSATs per test date. No seriously, go check it out. Really.

Pretty fun, right? There’s a few things you may have noticed. First, LSAT apparently wants you to share this chart on both facebook and twitter. But more importantly, the numbers have been fluctuating. During the 2009-10 cycle, LSATs administered were up a whopping 13.3% from the previous cycle, with over 170,000 people taking the test. This was an increase that started during 2008-2009 period, which saw a 6.4% total increase from the cycle prior.

What’s going on here?

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The Alarming Number of October 2010 LSAT Takers

Last year, 60,746 test takers sat for the October LSAT, the single largest administration of the LSAT in the history of the test according to Wendy Margolis, Director of Communications for LSAC. Upon hearing the numbers, the legal profession groaned: dire predictions ensued and warnings to pre-law students were issued. Alas, the collective weight of the profession was not enough to dissuade would-be lawyers and June of 2010 constituted the single largest number of June test takers, ever.

Would the October 2010 LSAT continue the alarming trend?

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The LSAT Numbers Are In

After much speculation by those of us in the LSAT world, LSAC has just recently released the numbers for the June LSAT.

Before I give it away, here is some background. The June test is generally a good indicator for the volume of test takers that we can expect for the testing cycle. Although it is not a perfect correlation, the number of LSAT takers is also an indicator of how many applications can be expected in the next cycle. So the June 2009 test likely tells us how many students will be taking the LSAT in September and December, and the number of students that take the LSAT this year is related to how many wanna-be-lawyers will be applying to law school this fall.