pancho wrote:cotiger wrote:cannibal ox wrote:June 2013 was down 5% from June 2012.
October 2013 was down 11% from October 2012.
The reduction of first-time test takers by 13% in Oct 2013 is an even better metric. Although at this point we're splitting hairs--the number of applicants is going to continue its precipitous decline.
Which begs the question: should those who are able to wait another cycle do so? Why would it be advisable to apply before this downturn bottoms if one isn't otherwise compelled to?
Schools will try to adjust to the new normal but cutting class size only goes so far. A bigger threat would be changes to the LSAT that remove the 99th percentile granularity. This would devastate splitters but won't happen overnight.
wrong use of "begs the question," but i don't think waiting to apply makes sense unless you have numbers that will suddenly open doors (168-170?) if certain medians drop a point or two. if you've maxed out your lsat potential and can put together a good app, i think it's not worth forfeiting a year of being a lawyer.
edit: my beg the question point was meant to be more informative than it sounds now looking at it again