The Law School Admission Council recently released statistics showing that the number of applicants for law schools rose significantly. The number of applications for the upcoming year was almost 11% higher, as of January of 2018, than it was at the same time in 2017.
Also supporting that data is the fact that 27.9% more LSAT tests were taken in December of 2017 than in December of 2016.
Some professionals in the industry see this positive trend as reflective of the current climate. The U.S. job market is relatively healthy, and young people now feel fairly confident about what their career prospects could be with a law degree in hand. These upticks in applications have also happened in the past, generally a few years after an economic slowdown. Once things begin to bounce back after a recession, people start considering graduate school as a practical step in advancing their careers.
The headlines involving the important role that lawyers and judges have been playing in politics and business affairs may also affect the number of law school applications. Both Democrats and Republicans may be able to see themselves going to work for the government, nonprofit organizations, corporate firms, and as general counsel where they can fight for the type of people they identify with. Young people who are passionate about making a difference and creating real change can do so in the legal field.
To help potential students afford advanced education, many law schools are using scholarships and tuition discounts to attract their top applicants. Public and private schools are trying to boost their numbers and the quality of their student body through these incentives, and many future lawyers are gladly accepting the extra assistance.