Wondering how many people will be taking the LSAT with you this year? LSAC, the makers of the test, track how many people they administer the test to each cycle, so you can get a rough idea. Here is the chart:
However, a lot of people retake the LSAT twice or even three times, so substantially fewer individuals actually take LSATs in a given year.
I added up the number of retakes attempts on all the retakes in LSAT in 2012-2013, and approximately 30,000 of the attempts in that year were retakes. Subtracting all 30k from the total would result in an undercount, since some of these were retaking from attempts in previous years (and thus only took it once in 2012-2013). We can guess, however, that somewhat more than 85,000 and somewhere less than 100,000 people took the LSAT in the 2012-2013 cycle.
That’s a lot of people dedicated enough to the idea of law school to at least spend a saturday in a classroom taking a three-hour long test. It’s also means that you are potentially competing with nearly 100,000 other students to get into law school.
That said, far fewer people actually end up applying to law school each year…
…and fewer still enroll. Look at 1L enrollment for the last few years here:
You’ll notice that all of these numbers are dropping pretty fast lately. Job prospects for law graduates took a big hit in the recession last decade, and have yet to fully recover. That has translated into fewer people seeking entry into the legal profession. Especially when you consider that there are more potential law students than ever these days (more people are graduating from college), it appears that interest in going to law school is at an all time low. It makes sense then that fewer people would be taking the LSAT than ever.
Despite the general drop, however, there is evidence that talented candidates are again starting to take the LSAT in greater numbers (see this post: Are High LSAT Scorers Returning To Law School?). For high LSAT scorers who are able to enter solid law schools and land at the top of the profession, law school is still a very sound choice.
As a result, what I would like to see is more people taking the LSAT than ever, yet fewer enrolling unless they can score high and get into a top tier school. Instead, what happens too often is people decide they are going to law school no matter what and enroll even when the numbers don’t make sense.
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I am super confused about when I should expect to get my test results back from the February 7th LSAT. It says up to 3 weeks but everywhere I read shows a later date than 3 weeks. I am trying to meet the February 28th and March 1st deadline for some schools, will this be possible, will I get my score in time?
Jordanne, we are predicting a score release on the 27th, so I think you’ll be fine. Besides, I doubt any schools are refusing applications right now. If you get an LSAT score that’s in an acceptable range for them, they’ll look at your application, trust me. Applications are so far down this year they can’t afford not to.