LSAT figures drop by 16.4%

November 25, 2012 October is usually a busy month for the LSAT - the Law School Admission Test, but last month the number of people taking the test dropped 16.4 percent from the year before, reaching its lowest level since 1999.

The figures shed a little light on the recent trend of law schools cutting the size of their student intake, as schools shift to maintain admissions standards while demand for legal education drops.

This New York Times blog notes that there was a huge surge in law school applications during and immediately after the recession, as students sought the “safety” of a legal career. But now it seems that students have received the message that a legal education carries a large debt burden and poor employment prospects, and are looking elsewhere.

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