Law Schools

No Longer ‘Catatonic,’ Would-Be Law Students Take the LSAT

The bad economy may be good for law and graduate schools.

The number of people taking the Law School Admission Test jumped by 20 percent in October, while the number taking the Graduate Record Examination in 2009 rose by 13 percent, the New York Times reports. The number of people taking the October LSAT reached a record high of 60,746.

The story says several law schools are seeing an increase in applications, including these schools:

• Washington University’s law school in St. Louis, up 19 percent.

• University of San Francisco School of Law, up 35 percent.

• Iowa University College of Law, up 39 percent.

• Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, up 54 percent.

• Cornell University’s law school, up 44 percent.

University of San Francisco law dean Jeffrey Brand told the Times that there was apparently a lag time between the recession and the jump in applications.

“I think the crash was so severe that people were kind of catatonic,” Brand told the newspaper. “They weren’t sure what to do. They’re coming out of that mode now.”

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