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Why It May Be a Good Time to Apply to Law School: Less Competition


Yes, law school tuition is high, and, yes, good jobs are hard to find after graduation. But it may be a good time to apply to law school, according to a journalist-turned-law professor.

The reason: There is less competition. University of California at Irvine law professor Jonathan Glater, a former reporter for the New York Times, makes out his case at the newspaper’s DealBook blog. “In every crisis, there is an opportunity,” he writes. He cites these statistics:

• The number of applicants to ABA-accredited law schools dropped to 68,000 this year, down from 78,800 last fall, according to preliminary figures.

• The number of Law School Admission Test scores in the highest range of 170 to 180 dropped to 3,428 this testing year, a decline of nearly 32 percent from last year, when the number was 5,023. The number of scores at the next level, from 160 to 169, fell by almost 28 percent, to 21,854, from 30,190 last year. Overall, the number of LSATs administered dropped 24 percent this year.

Hat tip to Above the Law.

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