2015 Applicant and Application Counts v. 2014 as of 3/20/15

RegionApplicantsApplications
#Pct Chg#Pct Chg
Far West5,875-3.4%45,572-6.4%
Great Lakes5,155-5.4%41,918-7.0%
Midsouth5,333-1.6%56,967-4.6%
Midwest1,490-2.1%8,820-4.9%
Mountain West2,395-3.2%9,9393.2%
New England1,898-10.4%24,506-8.0%
Northeast7,071-0.4%50,909-5.4%
Northwest1,208-1.6%6,116-7.9%
South Central4,821-0.4%20,638-5.1%
Southeast5,738-3.8%25,856-4.7%
Regional Total40,984-2.9%
Other*2,213-3.8%
Total43,197-2.9%291,241-5.6%
Last year at this time we had 82% of the preliminary final applicant count.

Currently there are 5 schools with an application volume increase of 40% or more, while 8 schools show a volume decrease of 30% or more. Forty-three schools show an increase in applications, while 154 show a decline and 5 show no change. A more detailed breakdown of school increases/decreases below:

Increase of 100% or more: -
Increase of 50% to 99%: 4
Increase of 40% to 49%: 1
Increase of 30% to 39%: 3
Increase of 20% to 29%: 3
Increase of 10% to 19%: 9
Increase of 1% to 9%: 23
No change: 5
Decrease of 1% to 9%: 78
Decrease of 10% to 19%: 52
Decrease of 20% to 29%: 16
Decrease of 30% or greater: 8

Applications to private institutions are down 5.8%, and applications to public law schools are likewise down 4.8%.

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 Australian30.0%
American Indian or Alaska Native945-2.5%
Asian4,707-7.4%
Black or African American5,887-0.3%
Canadian Aboriginal31-11.4%
Caucasian/White27,743-4.3%
Hispanic/Latino5,0372.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander194-8.9%
Puerto Rican9530.2%
Not Indicated1,4868.1%
Missing2-75.0%
The following is a breakdown of 2015 ABA law school applicants by gender:

Female applicants: 21,999, down 1.2%
Male applicants: 21,146, down 4.8%
Not indicated: 52, up 92.6%

The chart below shows the high LSAT score of 2015 ABA applicants with the percent change from last year:

Highest LSAT Number of Applicants Pct Chg YTD

< 140 2,887 2.7%

140–144 4,071 3.0%

145–149 6,305 -0.6%

150–154 8,549 -2.2%

155–159 8,513 -3.1%

160–164 6,420 -5.0%

165–169 4,013 -12.5%

170–174 1,928 -10.7%

175–180 470 -21.3%