Registration for the August 2021 LSAT closes today. Right now there are about 33,000 registrants, but we should note that we've been seeing an unusual number of dropouts and/or date switches lately, so that number will probably go down, and perhaps a great deal. For reference: June's numbers went from 42,000 registrants at the deadline to 26,000 by test day. This could be people who have been contemplating reapplying but who have decided not to, and/or a number of people pushing the test back.
As for overall 2020-2021 cycle data, the tale of two cycles continues — high-scoring applicants are up an incredible amount compared to applicants in the lower LSAT ranges.
|Range||2019-2020||2020-2021||Total Change||Percent Change|
There was some early messaging about minority applicants driving applicant growth, but with the cycle basically over, Caucasian/White applicants have actually increased more this year than Hispanic/Latino applicants, Black or African American applicants, Asian applicants, and American Indian or Alaska Native applicants.
|LSAC Ethnicity Reporting Category||2019-2020||2020-2021||Total Difference||Percentage Difference|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||298||385||87||29.19%|
|Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian||5||6||1||20.00%|
|Black or African American||8,433||9,663||1,230||14.59%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1,226||1,385||159||12.97%|
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