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Three-Year Applicant Volume Graphs

Oct 24, 2013, 11:39 AM

Three-Year Applicant Volume Graphs

Introductory Notes

  • These data display Academic Year. Academic year reflects the law school enrollment year. For example, academic year 2017 or 2017–2018 would indicate the academic year beginning in fall 2017 and extending into spring 2018.
  • 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 5/18/18, there are 371,684 applications submitted by 56,588 applicants for the 2018–2019 academic year. Applicants are up 8.7% and applications are up 9.2% from 2017–2018.

Last year at this time, we had 93% 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 2016 rises from 12,711 at the beginning of November to 46,648 at the end of March and continues to rise to 56,238 in August. The line labeled 2017 begins at 12,029 in November, rising to 47,981 at the end of March and then to 56,168 in August. The line labeled 2018 begins at 13,907 in November, rises to 51,724 by the end of March, and continues to rise to 56,588 as of May 18th, 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 96% 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 2016 begins with 61,174 at the beginning of November and rises to 305,372 at the end of March, continuing to rise to 350,115 in August. The line labeled 2017 begins at 59,947 in November, rising to 319,274 at the end of March and then to 355,227 in early August. The line labeled 2018 begins at 71,114 in November, rises to 345,847 by the end of March, and continues to rise to 371,684 as of May 18th, the most current 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 past three academic years.

As of 5/18/18, there are 25,681 applications submitted by 6,847 applicants for the 2018–2019 academic year. Applicants are up 3.3% and applications are up 7.0% from 2017–2018.

Last year at this time, we had 99% 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 labelled 2016 rises from 5,116 in November to 6,360 at the end of March, then rises to 6,706 in August. The line labelled 2017 begins at 5,108 in November, rising to 6,405 at the end of March and then to 6,666 in early August. The line labelled 2018 begins at 5,140 in November, rises to 6,623 by the end of March, and continues to rise to 6,847 as of May 18th, the most current 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 99% 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 labelled 2016 begins with 18,633 in November, rises to 23,675 at the end of March, and continues to rise slightly to 24,358 in August. The line labelled 2017 begins at 18,258 in November, rising to 23,555 at the end of March and then to 24,055 in early August. The line labelled 2018 begins at 18,706 in November, rises to 25,006 by the end of March, and continues to rise to 25,681 as of May 18th, the most current 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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