Jun 27, 2013

Law School Trend

Some alarming news related to the LSAT just surfaced. Well, it may be alarming depending on your point of view. As you may know, the LSAT is the exam given as a minimum requirement by colleges and universities for entry into their law graduate program. In other words, you don't pass the LSAT, you don't have a chance at law school in America. It is a screening mechanism; a filter. It is the gatekeeper; the border patrol of the law industry.

I learned today that, allegedly, fewer people are wanting to be lawyers. Okay, so maybe it's not that exactly. But the report was that at least one university received fewer applications to law school this year and that it was the first time in four years that the number went down instead of up. And then the other statistic was reported by an industry organization. And it was that the numbers were down either 12 or 16 per cent from the previous year.

In any case it was in the teens for the drop. It was either for law school applications nationally or it was for number of students taking the LSAT. The news report speculated on reasons for the fewer numbers. They guessed that maybe one reason is that fewer young students believe that a law degree will ensure a high paying job. They are probably right. Not that the salaries in general have gone down suddenly, because they probably haven't. I think that it has always been the case that law school graduates must first take low paying jobs and spend years to decades before they work their way up in a large firm to make the big bucks, or get enough experience and clients to start their own little company.