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.