Law School Admissions Data: The First of 2015!


The following is a breakdown of ABA 2015 applicants and applications by region (based on data received through 1/02/15) and the percent change from last year:

RegionApplicantsApplications
#Pct Chg#Pct Chg
[Far West]()2,310-12.1%17,815-11.8%
[Great Lakes]()2,393-8.2%18,016-11.9%
[Midsouth]()2,221-6.6%23,704-11.4%
[Midwest]()602-4.7%3,552-5.9%
[Mountain West]()863-3.1%3,018-5.8%
[New England]()806-12.4%10,380-11.8%
[Northeast]()2,963-10.4%21,972-10.6%
[Northwest]()485-14.0%2,109-20.2%
[South Central]()1,683-6.3%6,638-8.3%
[Southeast]()2,227-13.0%9,052-10.9%
Regional Total16,553-9.5%
Other*9531.1%
Total17,506-9.0%116,256-11.1%
* Other includes those applicants whose permanent residence is not available or is outside the United States.

Last year at this time, we had 35% of the preliminary final applicant count.

Thirty-three schools show an increase in applications, while 165 show a decline and 4 show no change. The full report:

Increase of 100% or more: 1
Increase of 50% to 99%: 3
Increase of 40% to 49%: -
Increase of 30% to 39%: 1
Increase of 20% to 29%: 4
Increase of 10% to 19%: 4
Increase of 1% to 9%: 20
No change: 4
Decrease of 1% to 9%: 53
Decrease of 10% to 19%: 53
Decrease of 20% to 29%: 41
Decrease of 30% or greater: 18

Applications to private institutions are down 11.0%, while applications to public law schools are down 10.6%.

The following is a breakdown of 2015 ABA applicants by racial/ethnic groups and the percent change from last year.

Race/EthnicityApplicants
#Pct Chg
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian0N/A
American Indian or Alaska Native317-11.7%
Asian2,030-10.9%
Black or African American1,966-10.6%
Canadian Aboriginal11-31.3%
Caucasian/White11,825-9.4%
Hispanic/Latino1,722-1.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander59-20.3%
Puerto Rican313-8.5%
Not Indicated635-1.2%
Missing1-75.0%
 

The following is a breakdown of 2015 ABA law school applicants by gender groups:

Female applicants: 8,840, down 7.7%
Male applicants: 8,647, down 10.3%
Not indicated: 19, up 72.7%

The chart below shows the high LSAT score of 2015 ABA applicants with the percent change from last year:

Highest LSATNumber of ApplicantsPct Chg YTD
< 140862-11.1%
140–1441,122-9.4%
145–1491,961-3.1%
150–1542,957-7.5%
155–1593,348-10.6%
160–1643,269-5.9%
165–1692,449-13.9%
170–1741,349-11.7%
175–180372-20.0%
 

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