http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/ ... ions-fall/
NYT wrote:As of Jan. 14, the number of law school applications for the following autumn was down 12.5 percent from the period a year ago (and at this time last year, about half of the final application volume had already come in). A single applicant can apply to multiple schools, and the number of total applications submitted has fallen 12.2 percent from the previous year, according to Wendy Margolis, director of communications for the Law School Admission Council.
The number of people taking the Law School Admission Test is also down. For the December 2010 test, the number of test-takers fell 16.5 percent from the previous year, to 42,096.
For December 2010, 47% had previously taken the test. This is up from 44% of test takers in December 2009.
So total test takers are down, retakers are up, and total applications are down. If the trend for # of applications per applicant continues (as TLS seems to corroborate) there may be a significantly smaller number of total applicants this year.
I hope this means that the delays in decisions by highly ranked schools means they are considering a wider swath of applicants this year.