LSAT test-taking down 16%

March 20, 2012

The number of Law School Admissions Tests administered this year has fallen by more than 16%, the largest drop in over a decade. In all, the number of LSAT takers has dropped by nearly 25% in the past 2 years. The decline reflects a spreading view that the US legal market is in terrible shape and will have a difficult time absorbing the approximately 45,000 law students who are expected to graduate in each of the next 3 years. Class-action lawsuits have been filed against more than a dozen law schools in recent months over allegedly deceptive job-placement rates, and more suits are expected. For some law schools, the dwindling number of LSAT takers represents a serious long-term issue. "What I’d anticipate is that you’ll see the biggest falloff in applications in the bottom end of the law school food chain," says one law professor. "Those schools are going to have significant difficulty because they are dependent on tuition to fund themselves and they’ll either have to cut class size to maintain standards, or accept students with lower credentials." New York Times