2014-2015 Law School Application/Applicant Data

ABA Fall 2015 Applicant and Application Counts

based on data received through 7/03/15

RegionApplicantsApplications
#Pct Chg#Pct Chg
Far West6,842-2.3%51,579-4.3%
Great Lakes6,262-4.4%46,620-5.6%
Midsouth6,282-1.4%62,842-3.5%
Midwest1,756-1.2%10,208-6.2%
Mountain West2,694-1.8%11,536+7.0%
New England2,310-5.3%27,621-5.0%
Northeast8,390-0.8%58,233-5.2%
Northwest1,326-0.7%8,282-0.7%
South Central5,618+0.6%23,308-4.5%
Southeast7,902-2.7%33,619-4.7%
Regional Total49,382-2.0%
Other2,674-2.3%
Total52,056-2.0%333,848-4.2%
Other includes those applicants whose permanent residence is not available or is outside the United States.

Currently there are 4 schools with an application volume increase of 40% or more, while 2 schools show a volume decrease of 30% or more. Fifty-five schools show an increase in applications, while 139 show a decline and 9 show no change. A more detailed breakdown of school increases/decreases is shown below:

Increase of 100% or more: -
Increase of 50% to 99%: 4
Increase of 40% to 49%: -
Increase of 30% to 39%: 2
Increase of 20% to 29%: 3
Increase of 10% to 19%: 15
Increase of 1% to 9%: 31
No change: 9
Decrease of 1% to 9%: 74
Decrease of 10% to 19%: 51
Decrease of 20% to 29%: 12
Decrease of 30% or greater: 2

Applications to private institutions are down 4.7%, and applications to public law schools are down 3.3%.

The following is a breakdown of 2015 ABA applicants by racial/ethnic groups and the percent change from last year. The chart shows the maximum number of races/ethnicities selected by each applicant. For example, an applicant who selected Asian and Caucasian/White is counted twice, once as Asian and once as Caucasian/White.

Race/EthnicityApplicants
#Pct Chg
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian3-50.0%
American Indian or Alaska Native1,178-0.7%
Asian5,443-6.6%
Black or African American7,8601.0%
Canadian Aboriginal415.1%
Caucasian/White32,512-3.3%
Hispanic/Latino6,3655.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander247-2.0%
Puerto Rican1,509-5.2%
Not Indicated1,5573.7%
Missing4-63.6%
The following is a breakdown of 2015 ABA law school applicants by gender groups:

Female applicants: 26,481, down 0.4%
Male applicants: 25,514, down 3.7%
Not indicated: 61, up 74.3%

Highest LSAT Number of Applicants Pct Chg YTD

< 140 4,523 6.4%

140–144 5,860 7.2%

145–149 8,349 3.3%

150–154 10,218 -1.1%

155–159 9,501 -2.3%

160–164 6,799 -5.1%

165–169 4,141 -12.3%

170–174 1,981 -8.9%

175–180 490 -16.8%

Last year at this time, this represented 97% of the preliminary final applicant count.