« on: December 19, 2006, 12:43:41 PM »
Just something to keep in mind for those looking to apply to top14 because of the drop in apps; they don't experience the same drop in apps that other schools see. Last year I remember being excited that apps were down, but remember reading somewhere that it really doesn't affect the top14 all that much and their standards stay pretty consistent. It's the other 170+ schools that see the real effects of a decrease in applications. It is true what people are saying about the economy as applies to not only law school, grad schools in general experience increases in applications when the economy is bad, and vice versa.
As far as the new LSAT policy, how many people have you talked to that even know about the rule, I have personally had to tell just about everyone I knew about this because they had no clue that it was happening. So more to the point, they just found out...how many people really are going to take the LSAT in February. The February test is essentially useless as most applicants get responses back from schools before they even get scores back from the test. The only people it helps is when you are placed on a waitlist.
Last note, how many of you would actually take the LSAT again? I know most people are never happy with their scores, but decide that they never want to put themselves through that stress again...something everyone here can understand! According to Deloggio only 18% of people retake the LSAT a second time and then I think I remember reading only 4% take it a third time.
This is a perfect time to apply to schools for LSD'ers as we knew about the rule and the changes well before the general public, and many of us have been able to take advantage of it by taking the October and December exams to increase our previous scores.
Apps are down, no one really knew about the new LSAC rule till it was too late, and the economy is good. It is the best time in quite a few years to be an applicant to law school.