Are Lawyers Becoming a Rare Commodity?

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Criminal Defense

Photo Courtesy of The Atlantic (www.theatlantic.com)

Photo Courtesy of The Atlantic (www.theatlantic.com)

Amidst controversy and scandal, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), is reporting record-low numbers of students taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The number of students who took the LSAT last year (2013-2014) was a 6.2% drop from the year before, 2012-2013, and the lowest number of student test-takers since 1998. Amidst record-low numbers of law school applicants, the number of students taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) has remained constant.

This might be explained by alleged misconduct by the LSAC, which just settled a class-action lawsuit for $7.73 million to avoid going to trial on charges of discriminating against students with disabilities—disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD. These allegations claimed that the LSAC violated of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires institutions to provide an equal-footing for all applicants.

Perhaps to avoid bad press, or perhaps because it truly felt that it had not discriminated, the LSAC decided to pay the $7.73 million settlement (instead of going to trial), stating “We decided to resolve this case not because we believe that we were wrong in our position, but because we do not think that continued litigation is in the best interests of our member schools or prospective law school students.”

Whatever its reason for forking over the money, it is clear that the LSAC is in need of students who aspire to go to law school; and for now, at least, the fact remains that the lawyers of tomorrow may very well be a rare commodity.

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