September 14, 2022

Changes in federal clerkship placement at 8 leading law schools, 2013-2020

I only recently came across this interesting data via Derek Muller (Iowa).


September 14, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

August 29, 2022

Should the ABA eliminate a required admissions test (like the LSAT) for law school admission?

August 18, 2022

Canadian judges covering for other Canadian judge excorciated

Leslie Green (emeritus, Queen's & Oxford) comments.  (Earlier coverage here and here.)


August 18, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

June 02, 2022

Enrollments and LSAT scores, 2010-2021

Jerry Organ (St. Thomas) collects the data.  2021 applications and matriculations are still only 80% of what they were in 2010.


June 2, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

May 06, 2022

ABA Committee recommends dropping the requirement of standardized testing (e.g., the LSAT) for law school admission

Here.  While the ABA has some power, the real power rests with USNews.com:  if they still want LSAT scores, law schools will still use them.  If USNews.com drops the LSAT scores, then the race to get the highest median GPA, regardless of the difficulty of the undergraduate course of study, will accelerate, since that will be the only numerical measure left for student admissions.  That would be a disaster.  Comments are open for thoughts from readers on this development and what it portends; submit your comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.


May 6, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink | Comments (3)

March 11, 2022

Applications and applicants are down a bit this year

From the ABA Journal:

As of March 7, 50,375 applicants had submitted 363,581 applications to law schools for the 2022 school year, Law.com reported. Last year at this point in time, 55,680 applicants submitted 395,870 applications to law schools.

That’s a 9.5% decline in applicants since last year and an 8.2% decline in applications.

The applicants and applications are higher than two years ago, however.


March 11, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

March 08, 2022

LSAC acquires "Law School Transparency [LST]"

Here.  At a time when the LSAT is at risk of being displaced by the GRE, this was not a smart move, given LST's dubious history:  e.g., here, here, or here.


March 8, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

February 09, 2022

ABA may mandate bias training for law students

Story here.  It is a shame there is no solid evidence such training is effective in reducing bias.


February 9, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

January 12, 2022

Halfway through the 2021-22 admissions seasons, applications are now down about 5%

Blog Emperor Caron has the details.


January 12, 2022 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

November 30, 2021

Law school application season: total applicants down slightly, high-end LSAT scores down more

Blog Emperor Caron reports on the state of the law school application season about one-third of the way through.  Given how strong last year's applicant pool was, this slightly downturn (if it holds) should not be of great concern to the vast majority of law schools.


November 30, 2021 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink