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It sounds as though those in law admissions may be seeing Annie’s “The sun will come out tomorrow” line come to fruition. Since 2010 the number of students taking the LSAT and applying for law school has been in a free fall. A recent look at the numbers shows that maybe that sun Annie is talking about is just over the horizon. In an article by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, it’s pointed out that according to a new survey, many law schools expect to see an increase in applications.
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s annual survey of admission officers, 46% of American Bar Association-accredited law schools expect an increase in application in 2015-16. This is a 12% increase from last year’s 34%.
Schools also showed improvement in the classroom as well. The survey also calculated 47% of law schools said their incoming class size for the current academic year is smaller than last year’s. This showed an improvement from last year when 54% of schools reported a decline in first-year students.
Many, including executive director of pre-law programs for Kaplan Test Prep Jeff Thomas, have met these results with “guarded optimism”.
While the number of LSAT takers and law-school applications is still falling, however according to the most recent data from the Law School Admission Council, it seems to be doing so at a slower rate than in 2012 and 2013.
So is the sun and a brighter future for law profession really just over the horizon? Only time will tell.