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Three-Year Applicant Volume Graphs

Oct 24, 2013, 11:39 AM

Three-Year Applicant Volume Graphs

Introductory Notes

  • The following data tables include applicants for all academic terms. Current Volume reports published before 2016 summarized applicants for the fall term only and are not comparable to the current data.
  • ABA data reflects applicants and applications for ABA-approved law schools.
  • Deferrals are not included in either the ABA or Canadian data. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • Please note that an applicant, as defined in this report, is a candidate who submits one or more applications for any academic term.

Three-Year ABA Volume Comparison

As of 4/14/17, there are 329,120 applications submitted by 49,633 applicants for the 2017–2018 academic year. Applicants are down 0.8% and applications are up 1.1% from 2016–2017.

Last year at this time, we had 89% of the preliminary final applicant count.

A line chart titled ABA Applicants by Week. The horizontal axis represents months November through August. Along its vertical axis are numbers 0 through 60,000 indicating number of applicants. The line labeled 2015 rises from 12,632 in November to 45,560 in March, then rises slightly to 55,672 in August. The line labelled 2016 rises from 12,697 at the beginning of November to 46,008 in March and continues to rise to 56,126 in August. The line labelled 2017 begins at 11,988 in November, rising to 47,916 at the end of March and then to 49,633 as of April 14th, the most recent year-to-date. These data include applicants to all academic terms. Current Volume reports published before 2016 summarized applicants to the Fall term only and are not comparable to the current data. These data do not include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.” Please note that the summary defines an applicant as a candidate making one or more applications to any academic term.

Last year at this time, we had 93% of the preliminary final application count.

A line chart titled ABA Applications by Week. The horizontal axis represents months November through August. Along its vertical axis are numbers 0 through 500,000 indicating number of applications. The line labeled 2015 rises slightly from 64,431 in November to 295,698 in March, ending at 343,024 at the beginning of August. The line labeled 2016 begins with 61,174 at the beginning of November and rises to 299,758 in March, continuing to rise to 349,551 in August. The line labeled 2017 begins at 59,848 in November, rising to 319,072 at the end of March and then to 329,120 as of April 14th, the most recent year-to-date. These data include applicants to all academic terms. Current Volume reports published before 2016 summarized applicants to the Fall term only and are not comparable to the current data. These do not include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.” Please note that the summary defines an applicant as a candidate making one or more applications to any academic term.

Three-Year Canadian Volume Comparison

The following charts report Canadian law school applicants and applications for each of the last three academic years.

As of 4/14/17, there are 23,625 applications submitted by 6,437 applicants for the 2017–2018 academic year. Applicants are up 0.7% and applications are down 0.5% from 2016–2017.

Last year at this time, we had 95% of the preliminary final applicant count.

A line chart titled Canadian Applicants by Week. The horizontal axis represents months November through August. Along its vertical axis are numbers 0 through 8,000 indicating number of applicants. The line labeled 2015 rises slightly from 5,106 in November to 6,409 in March, ending at 6,705 at the beginning of August. The line labeled 2016 rises from 5,116 in November to 6,334 in March, then rises to 6,705 in August. The line labeled 2017 begins at 5,097 in November, rising to 6,406 at the end of March and then to 6,437 as of April 14th, the most recent year-to-date. These data include applicants to all academic terms. Current Volume reports published before 2016 summarized applicants to the Fall term only and are not comparable to the current data. These data do not include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.” Please note that the summary defines an applicant as a candidate making one or more applications to any academic term.

Last year at this time, we had 97% of the preliminary final application count.

A line chart titled Canadian Applications by Week. The horizontal axis represents months November through August. Along its vertical axis are numbers 0 through 30,000 indicating number of applications. The line labeled 2015 rises from 18,882 to 24,321 by the middle of March, ending at 24,812 at the beginning of August. The line labeled 2016 begins with 18,633 in November, rises to 23,507 in March, and continues to rise slightly to 24,356 in August. The line labeled 2017 begins at 18,211 in November, rising to 23,555 at the end of March and then to 23,625 as of April 14th, the most recent year-to-date. These data include applicants to all academic terms. Current Volume reports published before 2016 summarized applicants to the Fall term only and are not comparable to the current data. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.” Please note that the summary defines an applicant as a candidate making one or more applications to any academic term.

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