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ARCHIVE ABA End-of-Year Summary: Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Applications

Feb 1, 2017, 09:41 AM

Archive: ABA End-of-Year Summary—Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Applications

Please Note

Archived data are not comparable to current data.

  • These data display Academic Year. Academic year reflects the law school enrollment year. For example, academic year 2016 or 2016–2017 would indicate the academic year beginning in fall 2016 and extending into spring 2017.
  • The following data include applicants for the fall term only and also include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • Data starting in 2016 include applicants for all terms and do not include deferrals; therefore, archived data are not comparable to current data.
  • Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.
Fall
2008
Fall
2009
Fall
2010
Fall
2011
Fall
2012
Fall
2013
Fall
2014
Fall
2015
ABA Applicants
Final End-of-Year 83,400 86,600 87,900 78,500 67,900 59,400 55,700 54,500
% change from prior year -0.8% 3.8% 1.5% -10.7% -13.5% -12.4% -6.3% -2.2%
ABA Admitted Applicants
Final End-of-Year 55,500 58,400 60,400 55,800 50,600 45,700 43,500 42,300
% change from prior year 0.0% 5.1% 3.5% -7.7% -9.2% -9.8% -4.9% -2.7%
ABA Applications
Final End-of-Year 532,600 565,700 604,300 535,500 469,600 385,800 355,100 340,300
% change from prior year 3.0% 6.2% 6.8% -11.4% -12.3% -17.8% -8.0% -4.2%
Fall
2000
Fall
2001
Fall
2002
Fall
2003
Fall
2004
Fall
2005
Fall
2006
Fall
2007
ABA Applicants
Final End-of-Year 74,600 77,200 90,900 99,500 100,600 95,800 88,700 84,000
% change from prior year - 3.6% 17.6% 9.5% 1.1% -4.8% -7.4% -5.2%
ABA Admitted Applicants
Final End-of-Year 50,300 51,800 56,500 56,800 55,900 56,100 56,000 55,500
% change from prior year - 2.9% 9.1% 0.6% -1.6% 0.3% -0.2% -0.9%
ABA Applications
Final End-of-Year 334,800 358,000 449,200 526,600 555,400 548,400 530,400 517,100
% change from prior year - 6.9% 25.5% 17.2% 5.5% -1.3% -3.3% -2.5%


For more ABA data, including an enrollment summary, please visit ABA Statistics.

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