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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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Logical Reasonings / 3.25.15

A) Which law schools got the most applications last year? I’m glad you asked. Above the Law

B) Ms. JD recently held their seventh annual conference aimed at increasing gender equality in the legal profession. Check out the recap from Eileen Conner.

C) Law School Toolbox on how to get comfortable before your first semester of law school. This is all good advice, but isn’t the real answer just SuperCouch?

D) Less than a year after his return from Taliban custody, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl faces court martial and life in prison. Wall Street Journal

E) Tom Cruise clinging to things is the hip, new meme. Uproxx

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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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Logical Reasonings / 3.23.15

A) “The trouble with studying for the LSAT is you think you have time.” – Wise words from Spivey Consulting

B) One law professor admits that a lawyer doesn’t need law school. But he thinks we still need it so that the law can continue to evolve. Bloomberg View

C) Law school applications have dropped 6.7% this year, and over 50% from ten years ago. Go get ’em, applicants! Wall Street Journal

D) A crazy Austin lawyer did a crazy Austin stunt. Above the Law

E) The Kendrick Lamar-Seinfeld mash up you didn’t know that you were waiting for. Vulture

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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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Logical Reasonings / 2.20.15

A) Here’s a ton of 2014-2015 law school applications data. Spoiler alert: most everything is trending downward. Click to see lots of interesting demographic breakdowns, though. Spivey Consulting

B) Those numbers are part of the reason why law schools need to embrace change… or go bust. Newsweek

C) If your boss thinks you’re awesome, you will become more awesome. You reading, boss? Harvard Business Review

D) Activists are making big progress in their push to criminalize revenge porn. You reading, horrible douchebags who post revenge porn? Wall Street Journal

E) A very funny comedian passed away yesterday, and it’s really sad. If you’ve never heard of Harris Wittels, do yourself a favor and check this out. Vulture

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Logical Reasonings / 12.19.14

A) In the wake of historically low enrollment numbers, it seems fair to ask “Why aren’t law schools changing?” Above The Law

B) Speaking of historically low enrollment, Associate’s Mind goes in depth on the recently released numbers. Associate’s Mind

C) Dr. Dre gave holiday bonuses to everyone at his longtime law firm. I sense a branding opportunity here: Treats by Dre. ABA Journal

D) Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over pot legalization, and it’s really harshing my mellow. Wall Street Journal

E) Ayn Rand reviews children’s movies. Need I say more? The New Yorker

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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.