Thinking About Law School
Who is applying to law school?
For fall 2010, about 25 percent of all law school applicants were 22 years old or younger, about 38 percent were 23 to 25, and about 20 percent were between ages 26 and 29. Applicants who were 30 to 34 years old made up about 9 percent of the applicant pool, while 9 percent were over 34 years old.
A growing number of women began to apply to America's law schools beginning in the early 1970s, when only 10 percent of all law students were women. Currently, nearly one half of all applicants are women.
In the fall of 2010, LSAC changed how race/ethnicity is collected among applicants. Applicants had the opportunity to select one or more of the following race/ethnicity categories: Aboriginal/TSI Australian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Canadian Aboriginal, Caucasian/White, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and Puerto Rican. For fall 2010, there were over 87,900 applicants, of which nearly one-third indicated at least one race/ethnicity other than Caucasian/White. Due to the addition of new categories and the possibility of selecting more than one race/ethnicity, the number of fall 2010 minority applicants is not directly comparable to data from previous years. Prior to fall 2010, the proportion of all applicants who identified themselves as being from a specific minority group had been relatively stable between 27 percent to 30 percent of the total applicant pool.