Monday, April 9, 2012
Fewer Take the LSAT and Apply to Law School, But This Will Not Lead to a Significant Drop in Law School Enrollment
Fewer LSAT Exams Taken in 2011:
On January 22, 2011, Paul Caron - of the University of Cincinnati Commode of Law - posted a blog entry labeled “LSAT Test-Takers Down 10%, Law School Applications Down 12%.” Here is an excerpt:
“The Law School Admission Council reports that YTD 2010-11 LSAT test takers are down 10.0% from 2009-10 (albeit the 129,414 test takers is the second largest YTD testing volume in history). Fall 2011 law school applications are down 12.2% (and applicants are down 12.5%).”
On December 16, 2010, the douche-bags at the Admissions Accepted Blog posted an entry on the smaller number of LSAT test takers. The piece was entitled “LSAT Numbers Down, But Not Really…” Here is the opening paragraph:
“While the October 2009 LSAT boasted the single largest administration of the LSAT ever, the October LSAT this year did not continue this upward trend. As reported by Most Strongly Supported, the number of test takers this October decreased by 10.5% from last October, yet this turnout was still the “second highest single administration in the history of the test.”
LSAT Tests Down for the Second Year in a Row:
David Segal wrote another piece on the law school cartel, for the New York Times, on March 19, 2012. This editors employed the headline “For 2nd Year, a Sharp Drop in Law School Entrance Tests.” Here is an excerpt, following Segal’s observation that “Legal diplomas are apparently losing luster”:
“The Law School Admission Council reported that the LSAT was given 129,925 times in the 2011-12 academic year. That was well off the 155,050 of the year before and far from the peak of 171,514 in the year before that. In all, the number of test takers has fallen by nearly 25 percent in the last two years.
The decline reflects a spreading view that the legal market in the United States is in terrible shape and will have a hard time absorbing the roughly 45,000 students who are expected to graduate from law school in each of the next three years. And the problem may be deep and systemic.” [Emphasis mine]
I recognize that many academic serpents will argue that the schools could not anticipate the effects of the 2008 economic collapse. (In reality, this signified a fundamentally restructured U.S. economy. Then again, you can’t expect the pinheads to understand this concept.) However, when the schools have overproduced lawyers - for decades - it is foreseeable that any long-term economic downturns, or restructuring, will wreak havoc on recent grads, and the industry.
Look at this ABA chart, which CLEARLY shows that student enrollment continues to increase. For the 2009-2010 academic year, ABA-approved dung heaps enrolled a total of 154,549 students - and pumped out 44,004 graduates. For $ome rea$on, the rats and cockroaches at this organization have not yet published the figures for the 2010-2011 school year. From 1980-1981 to 2009-2010 - a span of 30 years - these bitches and hags awarded 1,161,863 law degrees. Does anyone feel that this is ethical?!?!
Applications Down Roughly 26.3 Percent, From Two Years Ago:
An anonymous “professional LSAT tutor”/tool posted an April 8, 2012 entry tagged “Law School Applicant Numbers/Applications in Steep Decline.” This shill points out the following:
“Applicant numbers are down 15.6%, and applications submitted are down 13.6%, according to data submitted through 3/30/12.” [Emphasis mine]
Too bad, this figure will not directly translate to 13.6 percent fewer tenured “law professors” - at ABA-accredited trash heaps. Here is the author’s concluding segment:
“In short, we've already seen a 25.8% decrease in the number of LSATs administered over the past 2 years.
Now, we're likely seeing something close to a 26.3% drop in the number of law school applicants, and a 24.6% decrease in the number of law school applications submitted over the past 2 years.” [Emphasis mine]
Does anyone with an IQ above 75 believe that this will equate to 24.6% fewer law students in the entering Fall 2012 law classes, compared to those who matriculated in August 2010?!?! Also, if the schools end up decreasing their class sizes by a nominal amount, then expect tuition increases to make up some of the difference.
Conclusion: The law school pigs will not lower their incoming class sizes, in any meaningful way. A few toilets will “voluntarily” decrease their first year cohort. (This is a mere publicity stunt, in order to show the public that the school cares about keeping its supposed “standards.”)
Expect the commodes and sewers of law to LOWER THEIR “STANDARDS” FURTHER. Don’t be surprised to see somewhat “respectable” schools start accepting Pottery majors with 3.1 UGPAs, and 143 LSAT scores, in the next few years. I can imagine the admissions committee mulling over such an applicant:
“Look at this guy. He made a detailed mold of his girlfriend’s hands and feet…with clay!! We need this applicant’s creativity and skill. Plus, we might be able to count it as a diversity enrollment. Yeah, his test score is pretty low, but we also know that the LSAT does not always determine who will become a good lawyer.”
Posted by Nando at 6:56 AM