Law School Applications: On the Rise for 2010?

According to an interesting report from the American Bar Association, law school applications only increased by one percent this year, despite the severe economic recession that typically serves as a catalyst for large application increases.

There are a variety of reasons why the total number was lower than expected. The biggest is probably the limited number of LSAT test dates, which makes it harder to spring into action during a downturn. Furthermore, many typical law school applicants are more insulated from the early signals of a recession than, say, MBA candidates who are working in directly impacted industries.

Regardless of the reason for the delay, history tells us that application spikes are usually just around the corner. When the market went into a recession in 2001 following the attacks of September 11th, the impact on law school applications didn’t occur until the following year, when schools saw a whopping increase of 17% across the board. It is highly likely that a similar increase will occur this fall and winter for candidates applying for the fall of 2010.

In short, we are probably on the cusp of the most competitive year in the history of law school admissions.

This means that the steps candidates take between now and then are of paramount importance, as every action must show motivation for the study of law so that your application doesn’t look like your own personal bailout plan. Furthermore, it will place more emphasis than ever before on the personal statement component of the application process. No longer will law school admissions simply be a numbers game where decisions are made based almost entirely on GPA and LSAT. How candidates address weaknesses in their profile and how they answer the unasked questions of the admissions committee will determine their chances for success.

Never before has achieving perfection on the personal statement been so important. If there was ever a year to explore LSAT preparation or – even more importantly – assistance with your application, this is the time to do it.

To learn more about Veritas Prep services that can help you maximize your application, set you apart from the crowd, and give yourself the best possible chance of success, please visit our website to explore our expansive offerings.

2 Responses

  1. christian says:

    What other information can you point to about the interplay between law school applications and the economy?

  2. Adam Hoff says:

    Good question. We've been spending a lot of time talking about this in some of our webinars, but what this really means is two things: 1) with the influx of MBA type applicants and people "throwing a dart" at law school, it is imperative to highlight motivation in your application. Answer the questions "why law school, why now, and why this law school in particular." Back-date your interest as much as possible. 2) Pay special care to the personal statement. It's the new LSAT in terms of how law schools will make decisions. They need to know the real you. We specialize in this service so be sure to check it out at http://www.veritasprep.com/law/services.php?page=personal-statement. Good luck!

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