Surge in Early Applicants Not Necessarily Indicative of Greater Competition

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Surge in Early Applicants Not Necessarily Indicative of Greater Competition

Post by tlsadmin3 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:30 pm

Statistics from the LSAC show that the number of applicants to U.S. law schools so far this year is around 35% higher than it was at this point last year. While the admissions cycle is far from over, experts still aren't ready to designate this applicant cycle as being more competitive than recent years: the primary reason? Many observers believe the pandemic catalyzed a surge in early applicants, in addition to applicants receiving their scores earlier due to the LSAT-Flex format.

The greater amount of opportunities to test through the LSAT-Flex option also increased the number of test-takers, which may have also resulted in an increase of early applicants. Regardless, it is still too early to know how the rise in early applicants will ultimately affect the 2021 admissions process. The deadline for several T14's is approaching in February and March, but if you have not submitted your application yet, know that the increase in early applicants is not necessarily determinative of the overall competitiveness of the 2021 admissions process.

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Re: Surge in Early Applicants Not Necessarily Indicative of Greater Competition

Post by Whoknows141317 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:48 pm

We still have more 17X scorers rn than there were in total at the end of last year. That alone indicates a more competitive cycle- there are simply more high scorers to go around. Yes, the frontloading has started to ease off- we're down to a 28% increase, instead of a 35% one- but that doesn't change the fact that the flex has skewed the available pool of high scorers.

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