I recently published a blog article highlighting the enormous spike in LSAT test taker volume over the past year, where:
- June 2017 was up 19.8% over June 2016 (to 27,606 tester takers)
- September 2017 was up 10.7% over September 2016 (to 37,146 tester takers)
- December 2017 was up a whopping 27.9% over December 2016 (to 40,096 tester takers)
- And February 2018 was up 10.8% over February 2017 (to 32,026 test takers; this is still a tentative figure and will be finalized by LSAC soon)
December 2017 was particularly notable, as it represented not only the largest year-over-year test taker percentage increase in recorded history (since 1987
but also the first time since 1989 that a December test has been better attended than the preceding September/October administration!
Naturally, people are wondering what's driving this renewed interest in law school, and what it means for future applicants, with many observers speculating that the volatile first year of Donald Trump's presidency—where every day seems guaranteed to include a high-stakes legal discussion or debate—has been a key motivator for young people to pursue law degrees.
In fact, so pressing are those questions, and so intriguing the so-called "Trump Bump" hypothesis, that US News and World Report even ran an article on the applicant surge, and reached out to both me and PowerScore's CEO, Dave Killoran, to get our thoughts. As often happens with these types of articles only a fraction of our commentary made the final cut, but I'm of the opinion that readers will find value in the entirety of that exchange.
So what I'd like to do is share with you the full transcript.