Jordan Weissman at Slate.com recently reported that the number of high LSAT scorers (those with LSAT scores of 170 or higher) increased in 2014 according to law school applicant data obtain from the Law School Admission Council. While this pattern reversal is promising, it has a significant impact on current LSAT test takers and aspiring law students, particularly with regard to LSAT preparation.
High LSAT Scorers – The Pattern Reverses
A couple of years ago, the number of law school applicants began dropping. However, a more troubling pattern was that the number of elite applicants (those with LSAT scores of 170 or more) also was dropping. They had apparently realized getting a legal job might be difficult and so probably took their talents elsewhere.
In 2014, however, that trend appears to be reversing. The number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 170-174 increased by 7.5%, and the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores from 175-180 increased by 7.6%.
What This Means For The LSAT Test Taker – Two Things
If you’re reading this and planning on taking the LSAT and going to law school, this new data means two things.
First, it’s a good time to go to law school. Given that the number of applicants has dropped, there is less competition, and you will have a better chance of being admitted to the school of your choice. The recent increase in high LSAT scorers demonstrates this reality. Whether this data means the return of the high LSAT scorers who left or an upward movement in the scoring ranks by previously-mediocre LSAT test takers, there appears to be plenty of room for aspiring law school students.
Second, and perhaps most important, an increase in high LSAT scorers could signify an increase in competition in the near future. That indicates you should take your LSAT preparation seriously. You should never assume you cannot study for this exam, or that what it tests isn’t relevant for practicing law. Both assumptions are incorrect. The LSAT tests specific logical principles and reasoning that are highly prevalent in the legal field. In addition, you CAN study for the LSAT: first, by learning and understanding these principles, and, second, by practicing under timed conditions as much as possible. An LSAT prep course that emphasizes this method of instruction is your best bet for getting a high LSAT score.