Apr 24, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Experts predict a booming year for law school applications.

What's dominating the law school applicant pool these days? Astronomical LSAT scores.

What does this mean for you? It means you need to study a lot. 

According to Law.com, the percentage of applicants with LSAT scores over 160 increased by 21 percent over the past year.

They said, "The council reported this week that the number of applicants with LSAT scores of 160 or higher is up by 2,804, or 21 percent, over this time last year. (LSAT scores range from a high of 180 to a low of 120.) The very highest score band reported by the council, 175 to 180, saw the single largest increase, at 70 percent. However, those high scorers represent the smallest cohort of law applicants. Thus far, 682 people with those high scores have applied, up from 401 at this point last year. Conversely, the number of applicants with LSAT scores of 144 or below declined slightly."

The development excites many law school administrators who've faced years of criticism for admitting students who weren't quite up to par.

In addition to higher scoring applicants, law school admissions offices are anxious about the surge in applications for 2018. Experts predict that there may be over 59,000 applications this fall. 

AboveTheLaw.com reported that LSAC president Kellye Testy said, "I know this is good news for all of us who had become concerned that some very talented students were choosing not to pursue legal education."

Your takeaway? If you're applying to law school this year, competition will be tight. Submit your highest LSAT scores, your best application, and take it from there.

Learn more about applying to law school. 


Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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