Who Gets the App? Explaining Law School Application Volume, 1993 to 1996 (RR-97-03)
During the period 1993 to 1996 application for admission to American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools declined annually. The yearly decline, however, was not felt equally among all programs. Three factors in particular appear to account for much of the interschool difference in application volume. The two most important predictors are institutional reputation (variously measured) and graduates' starting salaries. Those programs with high "status" and starting salaries fared most favorably in a declining application market. The third factor is the annual cost of tuition. This variable, however, is related to interinstitutional application variation only for private law schools.