A big hat tip to TaxProf Blog for noting that applicants with 165+ LSAT scores are likely to increase almost 25% from the number that applied in 2016-2017.
The blog’s author, Jerry Organ, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis states, “This also may mean that top-25 law schools will not be admitting as many students with LSATs of less than 165 (155-164), which should mean more of these students will be available to help fill out the entering classes at law schools ranked from 25-100. This may mean that some of these law schools ranked from 25-100 will be able to strengthen their entering class profile a little bit and/or increase enrollment a little bit.”
It’s a bit of a zero-sum game, unfortunately, as the good news for the law schools will be largely bad news for the applicants. Even with the top 25 schools growing their size a bit, we’re concerned this could mean a few less transfers being admitted.
From the law schools’ perspectives, this could help the lowest-tier schools raise their LSAT admissions standards while still enrolling enough applicants to maintain their going concern status. Of course, one year does not a trend make and we’ll continue to monitor these trends.