Friday, January 1, 2016
News Flash: Admissions “Standards” at ABA Commodes Sunk Even Further in 2015
The Numbers Tell the Story: On December 28, 2015, Dybbuk posted an excellent OTLSS entry that was entitled “Tracking the dramatic decline of LSAT scores at the 25th percentile for incoming law school classes, 2010-2015.” Look at this solid opening:
“The ABA recently published the fourth annual "509" disclosures of accredited law schools, which include the 25th percentile LSAT score of each school's most recent incoming class. As well, National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Chief Erica Moeser published each school’s 25th percentile LSAT score for the year 2010 in last December's edition of "The Bar Examiner." (p. 7-11) Therefore, we now have five years of LSAT data, covering the five-year long decline in law school applicants (87,900 in 2010 to 54,130 in 2015) and One-L enrollment (52,488 in 2010 to 37,058 in 2015).
The charts below show the distribution of changes in scores at the 25th percentile for classes entering law school between 2010 and 2015 and the number of schools where the 25th percentile score dipped below 150. I also list the schools that lowered their 25th percentile score by four points or more during that period, a dispiritingly long list. I assume that this data will be published shortly at Law School Transparency, but I wanted to get it out there as soon as possible given that the application season is in full swing.
I note specifically the staggering 10-point LSAT decline experienced by Brooklyn Law School (BLS) at the 25th percentile, placing it in a two-way tie for the steepest decline of any law school in the country. BLS Dean Nicholas Allard has led the effort to place the blame for falling bar passage rates on Moeser and the NCBE, rather than on law school admissions practices. Allard’s noxious fog of bluster and accusations can be dispelled with the following three words: "Ten point decline."
A few years ago, Paul Campos wrote a book called "Don’t Go to Law School (Unless)." A possible alternate title for this blog post might be "If You Must Go to Law School, For God’s Sake Don’t Go to ( )." "( )" would include the vast majority of those schools that reacted to the dropoff in applicants by substantially lowering their admissions standards, especially those where the admissions standards were pretty low to begin with. The Deans and unprotesting tenured faculty at these schools have displayed a level of greed, recklessness, and contempt unworthy of professionals.” [Emphasis mine, internal citations removed]
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see that ABA-accredited law schools collectively lowered their admi$$ion$ “standards” in order to put asses into seats. This is especially the case, when the cockroaches had fewer applicants.
Welcoming Idiots: Back on August 25, 2015, Paul Campos authored a Lawyers, Guns & Money piece that was labeled “Has the decline in law school applications bottomed out?” Check out how easy it has become to gain admi$$ion to ABA schools – in the span of one decade:
“Since the ABA Section of Legal Education saw fit to approve 17 (!) new law schools over the past decade, increasing the number of ABA law schools by nearly 10%, the ratio of total applicants to ABA law schools has declined even more, from 535 to 1 to 262 to 1. Total 1L enrollment this fall, if we assume that last year’s 80% acceptance rate can’t go any higher, will be around 37,200, meaning that first year enrollment will be down 30% from its 2010 peak, despite a sharp drop in admissions standards. Here’s the percentage of applicants admitted to at least one ABA school over the past ten years:
2014: 79.8%” [Emphasis mine]
Imagine, for one moment, if nearly 80 percent of those who wished to practice medicine or dentistry gained admission to at least one AMA or ADA accredited educational institution. Who would be thrilled to see a physician or dentist then, people?
Falling Standards Continue: Back on December 14, 2012, Paul Campos authored one of his best ITLSS entries. It was simply labeld “Endgame.” Review the following portion:
“What are the economic implications for law schools of an admissions cycle that ends up attracting only 53,000 applicants? To answer this question, we have to estimate how many matriculants such a cycle is likely to yield. This is a function of two factors: how many applicants end up getting admitted to at least one school to which they apply, and how many admitted applicants actually end up enrolling.
As to the first factor, the percentage of applicants being admitted to at least one school has been rising for several years now:
In other words, law school applicants were 27.9% more likely to be admitted to at least one school in 2011 than they had been seven years earlier.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what a “prestigious and honorable profession,” huh?! Hell, the law school pigs are approaching beauty school levels of “selectivity.”
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school swine do not give one damn about YOU, the applicant, student or recent graduate. They do not care about the reduced need for attorneys. The excrement-covered rats merely want to admit and enroll as many people as possible, so that they can get their claws on more federal student loan money. Try not to be a chump this new year. Avoid the lure of a “legal education.” No one will be impressed with your TTT law degree, especially when you owe $145K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – while earning a paltry salary.
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