...Although I wonder if a 10,000-applicant drop is really evenly distributed across all LSAT scores. Sure, if the economy is picking up and I'm scoring a 140, I'm not going to mess around with three years at a low-ranked law school. But if I'm scoring 175, odds are I'm devoted to studying law. Right?
To be honest, I'm not sure if the volume summary indicates the number of actual applicants who use LSDAS to apply or just the number of people who have used LSAC services (which would include just LSAT registration). If it is the former, then you might be correct, though with 10000 less applicants, I'm sure the competition is somewhat lower even at the high end. If it is the latter, then clearly there is a fairly even drop in applications across the spectrum of LSAT scores, which would mean about 120 less 172+ scorers as compared with two years ago.
Also, just a comment on the new LSAC policy of highest LSAT. I doubt this will make much difference in terms of boosting numbers. Really very few ppl with 168+ retake and those who do could just as easily do worse or improve by less than 2pts. I'm pretty certain the overall drop in applications will more than cancel whatever little effect this retake policy has.
Well hopefully medians drop (-1 LSAT pt, -0.05 GPA) and this will be a happier than expected cycle for all us.