Descriptive Information about Applicant and Application Data
The following is some descriptive information regarding the applicant and application volumes reported in the Current Volume Report on LSACnet.
All data is for applicants and applications to the fall term only (as defined in ACES).
Because ABA applicant and application counts are derived from law school report requests made via ACES, any problems associated with this data from an individual law school will be included in the current volume counts until the underlying problem is corrected by the school.
Regional applicant counts represent the total number of candidates from each region (based on their state of permanent residence) who have applied to at least one ABA law school. Applicants that have no state of permanent residence on our files or whose permanent residence is outside the United States are not included in the regional counts, but are included in the total applicant count.
Regional application counts represent the total number of applications to all ABA law schools in each region.
The comparison of these counts from this year to last year may be impacted by a number of factors, such as changes in law school application deadlines or policies, changes in the timing of processing report requests to LSAC, increased usage of electronic applications, etc. Early in the year, when the total volumes are relatively low, minor changes in these factors may have a significant impact in the percent changes between years. A count of the number of ABA schools showing an application difference of 40% or more is reported as a measure, in part, of this volatility. As the application year progresses we should expect to see fewer and fewer schools fall into this category, indicating that the volatility caused by these factors is being reduced as total volumes increase. (At the end of the 2006 applicant processing year, 5 schools had an increase of 40% or more, while no schools remained with a volume decrease of 40% or more).
The regions are defined as follows: