For anyone considering law school, please read the article below about the uptick in law school applications. This is great news for law schools, and for legal education in general, as the legal market (and, consequently, law schools) were hit hard by the last recession. Seeing this increase certainly indicates that people have restored faith in the ROI of a law degree, and in their employment prospects. As the article points out, however, this optimism should be considered in conjunction with data from the National Association of Law Placement (NALP). Jim Leipold, NALP's Executive Director, cautions that a huge spike in the number of law students could potentially result in job shortages when those students actually graduate. Of course, we don't know what will happen at this point, but it's a valid point.
Also of note is that the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) will increase the number of annual LSAT test administrations from six to ten by 2020. It was only in the current year that LSAC raised the number of annual administrations from four to six. The LSAT will also become computerized in 2019. While LSAC says that the increased number of tests is in response to increased demand, my personal opinion is that it could be driven by the entrance of the GRE into the law school admissions arena. As of July 2018, 23 law schools now accept the GRE for admission and the number is growing all the time. The LSAT is no longer the only game in town.
Finally, not only is the size of the applicant pool increasing, so is the quality. The article discusses the different score bands, so I won't rehash them here, but these numbers indicate that competition is steep. That's why it is more important than ever to work with a qualified admissions professional who knows the law school admissions landscape. Having worked on thousands of these applications, I'm here to help in any way I can!