TLSNYC wrote:The fact that they could have less applicants makes a bunch of sense. Consider the fact that most T14 schools have noted that they are seeing a decline in applications this year, i.e. I spoke with someone at UVA in the admissions office who said apps were down 10%. If we assume (not safe to do this, but just go with it) that apps are down equally across all demographics, that means the number of eligible applicants has declined. (This would hold even if the number of URMs + asians hadn't declined as much as 10% but still went down a bit) Add in the fact that SEO has given signs that it has expanded its corporate law program and you have a problem. Declining number of eligible applicants and an increased amount of open seats.
That's a good problem for me.
But I sense as if they have gotten more selective over the years (maybe just out of caution for the law firms). Apps may be down but word has definitely gone out. Reading past forums, people were like "ehhh, I'll think about SEO, but I rather go boating across the Caribbean during my last free summer for 3 years." Now
, it's "HOT DAMN! Biglaw 0L?! What a great way to put your foot in the door, ITE! I pray to the heavens I make this!" The economy has got to have boosted up their apps in my opinion.