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Law school applicants continue to decline, and schools get less choosy

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The number of law-school applicants for the Fall 2015 semester could be on track to hit its lowest level in 15 years.

The number of people applying to law schools is down 4.7 percent, compared to the same time last year, according to the Law School Admission Council. Bloomberg Business says the 15-year low will be reached if the pace continues.

Also down are law school applications. They have dropped 6.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

On the bright side for law schools, the rate of decline in applications is slowing, LSAC spokeswoman Wendy Margolis told Bloomberg. As a result, she said, “it’s very difficult to say how it’s going to compare to last year.”

Law schools are trying a variety of tactics to attract students, including lowering admissions standards. Ninety percent of schools have allowed LSAT scores for the bottom quartile of their students to drop, the story says, citing a December report by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

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