Tag Archive: law school applicants

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LSAT Instructor: What I Learned in Law School Admissions

Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He is starting at Columbia Law School this fall, and will be writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences. Here’s part one and part two.

After sending out applications to 15 law schools, I would like to share with you what I’ve learned about law school admissions.

But first, a disclaimer:

First, I’m extremely happy with and feel fortunate about my admissions outcomes. Second, these are just my own takeaways; your experiences or opinions might vary.

Lesson #1: You can get waitlisted/rejected even with great numbers.

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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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Logical Reasonings / 7.14.14

A) More people are agreeing that the decline in June LSAT test-takers could be good news for law school applicants. Wall Street Journal.

B) The question is: Who is to blame for the decline in LSAT administrations? Above the Law.

C) When it comes to law school, international students have plenty of options. Law Admissions Lowdown.

D) Iowa has proposed eliminating the bar exam for in-state law school grads. Good or bad idea? ABA Journal.

E) LeBron’s decision was so big, it overshadowed a number of other major NBA announcements. Clickhole.

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Not-So-Obvious Advice From Law School Admissions Deans

Last week, Hank attended a handful of events at the 2014 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) Conference and blogged about them. This is part 3 of 3.

A question and answer session with a panel of law school admissions deans was the last, but certainly not least, event at the 2014 PCAPLA Conference Friday evening on the UCLA campus.

The panel — which consisted of Southwestern University Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear, Pepperdine University School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Shannon Phillips, USC Gould School of Law Dean of Admissions Chloe Reid, Loyola Law School Assistant Dean of Admissions Jannell Lundy, and UCLA School of Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Rob Schwartz — discussed an array of topics and gave great advice to the dozens of pre-law advisors in attendance to pass along to their students.

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Highlights From LSAC’s New Top 240 Feeder School List

LSAC makes a lot of data available on its web site. For instance, did you ever wonder how many law school applicants in 2012-2013 did their undergrad at BYU-Idaho? The answer is 83, and that’s a five-year high for that school. I found that number in this document listing the last five years’ law school applicant count for the top 240 feeder schools.

There are no surprises at the top: the schools that produce the most law school applicants are large, public universities. California, Florida, and Texas are all well-represented. The top feeder schools have something else in common, too: they’re all producing considerably fewer applicants than they did four or five years ago. On average, the top five feeder schools produced 35.6% fewer law school applicants in 2012-2013 than in 2008-2009.

In fact, only two schools in the top 50 feeder schools saw an increase in law school applications last year.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.23.14

A) Here’s how Gonzaga is adjusting to the drop in law school applicants. Gonzaga Bulletin.

B) Whether you like it or not, politics will always be in the courtroom. Washington Post.

C) In case you haven’t heard, this morning Justin Bieber was arrested for drunk driving. His bail was an unBeliebable $2,500. CNN.

D) Hope you’re sitting down for this: All Froot Loops are the same flavor. Time.

E) For dogs, any day with snow is a snow day. Here’s why they love to bounce around in the white powder so much. The Dodo.

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Despite Fewer Law School Applicants, Some Enrollments Up

The ABA Journal recently ran an article featuring a few law schools that have seen an increase in enrollments despite a decline in the overall number of applicants. That sounds like a Resolve question, so let’s take a look at some of the purported explanations.

First up comes the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Idaho, both of which attribute their increased enrollments to their relatively low tuition — $18K and $16K, respectively. However, the article doesn’t say if their tuition declined since last year, which would bolster the claim that they did something different this year to cause the increased enrollments. They also only cite in-state tuition, suggesting that it would only lead to an increase in enrollments of native Missourians/Idahoans rather than attracting new applicants from out of state.

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Don’t Expect Law School Scholarships to Fall in Your Lap

Last week, we were reminded of the Sandy Cohen Public Defender Fellowship, rewarded to a Berkeley Law student working in the Orange County public defender’s office, and named after the eponymous character from The O.C. Really. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but given that the number of law school applicants has been plummeting, we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more of these. Law school tuition is bad enough, having nearly doubled in the last eleven years, leaving little money for room and board. So how about the Ally McBeal Nutritional Supplement Fund to help students stay fed? Or what about all the poor sorority girls who thought Legally Blonde was a documentary? The Elle Woods Expectations Management Grant will help to lessen the blow.

But in all seriousness, now more than ever you prospective law students should be on the lookout for scholarships.