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Forum Data - Boston

Oct 24, 2013, 11:39 AM

Comparison of Data for 2007–2016 Boston Forums

Forum Participation

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Attendees 1,000 783 1,107 861 566 604 320 419 363 459
Number of Participating Law Schools 131 143 157 162 164 161 154 153 141 149

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Gender
Male 39.1% 39.5% 41.0% 40.8% 39.2% 39.1% 41.7% 39.8% 34.3% 29.7%
Female 60.9% 60.5% 59.0% 58.1% 60.6% 60.0% 58.2% 59.9% 65.0% 67.7%
Age
23 or Less 60.8% 56.8% 56.2% 59.3% 61.9% 55.4% 53.3% 56.2% 61.4% 64.9%
24–40 Years 35.0% 39.4% 40.5% 36.7% 34.0% 41.6% 42.9% 39.3% 36.1% 32.0%
Over 40 Years 4.2% 3.8% 3.3% 4.3% 4.3% 3.0% 3.8% 4.5% 2.5% 3.0%
Race/Ethnicity*
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.2% 0.1% 0.8% 0.0% 2.1% 2.5% 2.8% 2.6% 1.9% 1.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10.5% 9.8% 10.2% 11.0% 9.9% 10.3% 7.8% 9.5% 10.2% 15.3%
Black/African American 11.0% 12.5% 12.4% 17.4% 14.7% 14.4% 16.0% 16.9% 14.3% 19.0%
Caucasian/White 64.2% 65.5% 59.3% 53.9% 55.2% 57.4% 58.6% 59.8% 60.3% 54.8%
Chicano/Mexican American 0.6% 0.5% - - - - - - - -
Hispanic/Latino 5.5% 5.2% 7.3% 9.4% 9.8% 12.1% 10.7% 9.5% 10.7% 9.5%
Puerto Rican 1.2% 1.2% 1.9% 2.4% 2.3% 1.8% 0.9% 1.4% 3.9% 1.7%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0%
Torres Strait Islander/Australian - - - 0.1% - - - - - -
Not Indicated** - - - 11.8% 13.7% 11.7% 12.9% 8.6% 9.6% 7.8%
Other 5.8% 5.2% 0.6% - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 35.8% 34.5% 43.2% 38.9% 32.5% 32.6% 29.4% 37.7% 34.2% 42.9%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 53.9% 49.4% 46.7% 45.6% 45.3% 41.8% 34.2% 40.5% 41.3% 44.6%
Part-Time Student 3.6% 4.2% 4.9% 2.6% 1.6% 3.0% 1.6% 3.8% 1.7% 2.6%
Not a Student 42.5% 46.4% 48.4% 40.8% 36.2% 40.8% 46.7% 44.2% 42.4% 37.2%
Employment
Full-Time 47.5% 50.4% 44.4% 37.7% 35.0% 41.8% 44.5% 39.0% 38.3% 41.6%
Part-Time 30.9% 28.1% 31.8% 28.3% 28.4% 26.0% 28.2% 29.5% 23.4% 24.9%
Summers Only 14.4% 12.6% 12.5% 9.7% 7.8% 7.4% 4.7% 6.0% 5.0% 4.1%
Not Employed 9.0% 9.0% 13.0% 13.3% 11.5% 11.6% 10.7% 18.8% 19.8% 20.3%
State of Permanent Residence
Massachusetts 48.8% 56.6% 54.0% 47.1% 44.9% 50.7% 56.7% 58.6% 52.3% 50.4%
New York 10.7% 7.9% 6.1% 12.8% 13.7% 12.9% 7.8% 6.4% 8.8% 6.3%
Connecticut 7.1% 5.1% 5.1% 8.3% 7.1% 6.3% 5.6% 5.5% 6.3% 4.3%
Rhode Island 2.9% 4.1% 4.2% 3.7% 4.1% 2.3% 3.8% 3.8% 2.2% 4.1%
New Hampshire 2.6% 2.9% 4.3% 3.6% 5.0% 2.8% 4.7% 4.0% 4.1% 2.4%
New Jersey 3.3% 2.2% 3.5% 4.2% 3.7% 4.1% 2.5% 2.1% 3.6% 3.2%

*Beginning in 2010, attendees were offered racial/ethnic options more consistent with the new Department of Education guidelines. Attendees who selected more than one category are represented in each of the categories selected.

**Race/Ethnicity information may be missing for attendees who registered prior to 7/09 if they did not update the information in their LSAC account.

Getting to the Forum

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Information Source
LSAC Publication 6.1% 3.7% 3.4% 2.3% 3.0% 1.7% 2.5% 2.4% 2.2% 2.2%
City Newspaper 0.2% - - - - - - - - -
Advisor 14.6% 9.5% 15.4% 15.7% 17.1% 17.9% 16.6% 16.0% 18.7% 17.1%
Flier 2.2% 3.4% 3.2% 3.0% 1.2% 0.8% 0.9% 2.1% 3.0% 2.6%
Friend or Family Member 9.1% 9.0% 10.3% 10.8% 8.2% 9.4% 7.8% 10.2% 12.9% 10.2%
College Newspaper 0.6% - - - - - - - - -
Prelaw Club 7.4% 2.9% 5.0% 5.5% 3.2% 7.8% 3.1% 3.3% 9.4% 8.4%
Radio Station 0.0% - - - - - - - - -
Internet 63.3% 48.4% - 60.1% 53.6% 62.5% 62.5% 64.9% 61.4% 66.2%
Email from LSAC - - 23.2% 27.6% 21.0% 20.2% 19.5% 18.5% 8.1% 4.3%
If Internet, Source?
LSAC Website 90.9% 81.9% 84.4% 85.5% 84.4% 82.8% 81.0% 70.9% 76.7% 71.7%
Law School Site 11.2% 10.3% 10.0% 8.9% 10.3% 13.0% 12.5% 19.9% 15.2% 16.4%
Search Engine 0.8% 6.3% 2.8% 4.3% 3.7% 3.4% 4.5% 4.4% 7.2% 8.9%
Search Engine–Sponsored Link 0.2% - 0.7% 0.6% 0.3% 0.0% 0.5% 0.4% 0.0% 0.3%
Social Media - - - 0.0% 0.7% 0.3% 0.5% 0.7% 0.9% 1.3%
Other Website 1.8% 1.5% 1.2% 0.8% 0.7% 0.5% 1.0% 3.7% 0.0% 1.3%
Distance Traveled
0–20 Miles 59.5% 64.5% 64.3% 43.0% 38.0% 37.2% 43.6% 50.0% 51.5% 42.9%
21–50 Miles 15.3% 16.2% 14.3% 11.3% 12.8% 12.1% 15.0% 16.0% 11.8% 12.8%
51–100 Miles 11.3% 10.1% 11.1% 10.2% 11.0% 8.1% 7.2% 10.5% 8.0% 8.9%
More Than 100 Miles 14.0% 9.1% 10.4% 13.1% 12.1% 18.2% 8.2% 9.0% 11.8% 15.8%
Mode of Transportation
Car - - - - - - 37.8% 50.0% - -
Public Transit - - - - - - 53.3% 38.9% - -
Taxi - - - - - - 6.7% 11.1% - -
Walked/Bike - - - - - - 8.9% 1.9% - -
Airplane - - - - - - 0.0% 0.0% - -
Other - - - - - - 2.2% 3.7% - -

At the Forum

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Time Spent at Forum
Less Than One Hour 1.9% 5.2% 4.6% 4.0% 3.4% 2.3% 2.1% 5.6% 5.4% -
1–2 Hours 23.5% 29.5% 29.7% 22.7% 20.2% 14.8% 21.3% 24.1% 17.9% -
2–3 Hours 30.9% 33.7% 35.6% 30.7% 47.2% 27.3% 25.5% 29.6% 28.6% -
3 or More Hours 43.9% 31.6% 30.0% 42.7% 29.2% 55.7% 51.1% 40.7% 48.2% -
Number of Tables Visited
None 0.4% 1.0% 0.7% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -
1–5 Tables 10.8% 14.5% 15.8% 16.7% 16.9% 14.8% 6.4% 29.6% 19.6% -
6–10 Tables 43.1% 39.9% 38.6% 40.0% 36.0% 38.6% 53.2% 27.8% 39.3% -
11–15 Tables 34.6% 33.7% 34.0% 28.7% 33.7% 31.8% 34.0% 29.6% 37.5% -
16 or More Tables 11.2% 10.9% 10.9% 14.0% 13.5% 14.8% 6.4% 13.0% 3.6% -
Describe Forum
Very Informative 33.7% 35.8% 27.1% 41.3% 47.2% 47.6% 57.8% 53.7% 57.1% 52.4%
Informative 58.9% 59.1% 63.0% 54.0% 50.6% 51.2% 40.0% 42.6% 42.9% 47.6%
Not Very Informative 6.5% 3.6% 9.6% 3.3% 2.2% 1.2% 2.2% 1.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Information Received from Law Schools
Very Informative 31.9% 29.0% 26.9% 36.2% 40.4% 38.4% 41.3% 50.0% 55.4% 50.8%
Informative 59.9% 64.2% 61.1% 58.4% 55.1% 59.3% 54.4% 44.4% 44.6% 47.6%
Not Very Informative 9.2% 6.7% 11.6% 4.7% 4.5% 2.3% 4.4% 3.7% 0.0% 1.6%
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 70.2% 72.2% 71.7% 75.5% 70.9% 79.5% 77.3% 75.0% 76.8% 77.8%
No 29.8% 27.8% 28.3% 24.5% 29.1% 20.5% 22.7% 25.0% 23.2% 22.2%

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