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
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.
Interview questions in italics, followed by our replies:
Why do you think there are more applications submitted now than there were a year before? Some experts say there is a "Trump Bump," meaning that the election of President Donald Trump has spurred a flurry of law-related news stories and thus an increased interest in the legal profession. What are your thoughts on this theory?
Do you think that interest in the legal profession is rebounding after reaching historic lows in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and if the increase in interest is significant, do you expect this to be a short-term or long-term trend?
What should law school applicants do in response to the increasing number of applications in this law school admissions cycle?
Do you have any advice for them on how many schools they should be applying to, what they can do to make themselves more competitive, and whether you expect law admissions to get easier/harder in the future?
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