Monday, April 10, 2017
You’re Welcome, Pigs: Law School Test Takers Increase, Yet the Number of Applicants Drops
Beautiful News: On April 7, 2017, law.com posted a Karen Sloan piece that was entitled “Number of LSAT Takers is Up, But Law School Applications Are Down.” Check out this opening:
“This year’s Law School Admission Test cycle has come to a close, and the numbers are sending mixed messages about legal education’s current appeal.
On the positive front, the number of people taking the LSAT in February increased 5.4 percent over the previous year, according to LSAT administrator the Law School Admission Council Inc. In fact, test takers were up during three of the cycle’s four testing dates, which saw a cumulative 3.3 increase nationally. The cycle kicked off in June 2016 and wrapped in February.
But that increase in people sitting for the all-important admissions test has yet to translate into any boost in individuals actually applying to law school. In fact, the total number of applicants was down 1.9 percent as of March 31, when 87 percent of the final applicant count was in last year.
That figure is unlikely to inspire enthusiasm among law school administrators, who have been hoping that that the applicant pool bottomed out in recent years and that the number of aspiring lawyers would at least hold steady if not tick up this cycle.
“I don’t think we’re going to see a 5 percent application spike before the [fall admissions] cycle is over. It may be flat, at best,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of pre-law programs at Kaplan Test Prep. He noted that the majority of applications have already been submitted for the upcoming academic year.
More LSAT takers would seem to foreshadow more applicants, but that isn’t necessarily the case, said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law who writes about law school enrollment trends on his blog, Excess of Democracy.
“Prospective students may take the LSAT, be disappointed in their score, and choose not to apply or choose other graduate options,” he said. “That may be a cycle-to-cycle thing, but it may be getting worse. If prospective law students believe they need to achieve X score to get into Y school, because that’s the only ‘good’ school according to their prelaw adviser, they may not apply at all if their scores come out too low.”
Moreover, this year’s number may simply indicate an increase in people sitting for the LSAT multiple times in hopes of [earning] a higher score.” [Emphasis mine]
While DOZENS of desperate ABA-accredited toilets will now accept applicants with 145 LSAT scores, people are starting to recognize that the best they can hope to attain out of these cesspits is to end up representing broke bastards – for minimal pay. The fact remains that if you want decent job prospects coming out of law school, then you need to aim high. Otherwise, your employment outlook is limited from Day One. If your “strategy” is to do well at a dung heap – and transfer to a better school – then you are already behind the eight ball. Sadly, cretins will continue to sign on the dotted line at sewers.
Other Coverage: On April 5, 2017, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble entry labeled “LSAT Tea-Leaf Reading: February 2017 Edition.” Here is the full text of that article:
“Make that three administrations in a row that the number of LSAT takers has risen. At last, the LSAC has published the results of the February 2017 LSAT. 21,400 people took the test, up 5.4 percent from a year ago (20,301).
The four-period moving sum of LSAT administrations rose 1 percent to 109,354. By comparison, this administration year comes in slightly lower than 2012-13 (112,515). At the same time, the number of applicants is falling from last year, 1.9 percent lower than this time in 2016. As of now 55,100 people are projected to apply to law schools this year, but there may be a late surge in applicants as has tended to be the case in recent years. The number may be higher.
Although I’m still baffled why so many people would be interested in going to law school after such negative news in 2016, it’s even more surprising that more LSATs translates into fewer applicants. Perhaps LSAT takers are more strategic about their scores, which cautions against the hypothesis that the “wrong people” aren’t applying to law school (because, obviously, only high-LSAT scorers make good lawyers). So far, there’s no evidence of a Trump-induced surge in law-school interest. I’m confident that’s premature, but it’s something to bear in mind when the June LSAT takes place.” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, Dumbass?!?! Do you view this as a good opportunity to get into a decent law school, since many LSAT takers are eschewing this route? Well, unless your test score is high enough to get into an elite, name brand school, it doesn’t matter. If you get into a top 30 law school, that is good enough. The majority of your class is looking at toiletlaw and non-legal jobs.
Conclusion: It is great to see that people are starting to look more seriously into this vitally important FINANCIAL DECISION. They have figured out that it is not wise to enroll in piles of rot, especially when that will lead to them taking on an additional $155K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Remember, the law school pigs will do and say whatever it takes to get more asses in seats. Then again, the bitches and hags are paid up front, in full – for minimal “work.” In stark contrast, the students will be on the hook for the next 20-30 years of their lives. Again, you are a mere mean$ to an end, i.e. giant sacks of federal student loan dollars.
Posted by Nando at 3:15 AM