2012 October LSAT Takers: 37,780! (-16.4%)

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Re: 2012 October LSAT Takers: 37,780! (-16.4%)

Postby justonemoregame » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:10 pm

Good write up by Campos today on his blog:


He's projecting something between 32,000 - 36,000 1Ls for fall 2013. He also talks about the transfer game he expects schools to play, and what affect that may have on lower-ranked law schools.

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Re: 2012 October LSAT Takers: 37,780! (-16.4%)

Postby JCougar » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:20 am

DavidHasselhoff wrote:So, did anyone else catch that LSAC made over $20MM in just LSAT (these are only the administered fees and not the cancellations, late fees, no shows, etc. which are usually another 30% plus) fees last year, and will probably make about the same amount again this year? Additionally, did anyone stop to think that the CAS fees are about as much as the LSAT? In essence, LSAC is a government-sanctioned monopoly that charges astronomical fees and yet, is still so incompetent that they can't even get our scores to us in less than a month. Hello!!! They are making more than $100MM per year...For What!?!

As opposed to law school exams, the LSAT is a highly refined and psychometrically validated test. There's a lot of work and research that goes into developing the questions for each administration of the test. Not to mention publication costs, editing costs, shipping both ways, etc. Law schools care about it because it actually does predict your future performance. Just writing any old questions on a page won't do that unless they're professionally refined and validated.

It's not a perfect test by any means, but it's pretty good as far as testing standards are concerned.

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Re: 2012 October LSAT Takers: 37,780! (-16.4%)

Postby one_by_one » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:59 pm

The Dec 2012 LSAC newsletter was posted (http://www.lsac.org/lsacresources/publi ... 12_lsr.pdf). It doesn't state the number of Dec LSAT takers numbers but it does say (on page 3) that:

The number of June 2012 test takers was down nearly 6 percent from last June, and there were 16.4 percent fewer October test takers than last year. Combined, there were 12.5 percent fewer tests administered in June and October this year compared to 2011. December test registrations are running about 15 percent behind last year as well. If we project this trend out to the remainder of the 2012–2013 testing cycle, it is possible that the final number of tests administered will be between 110,000 (if the decline is 15 percent) and 117,000 (if 10 percent). In either case, it would be the smallest number of tests administered since 2000–2001.

(Edited to lengthen the quote)

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