Number of LSAT test takers falling low?

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The LSAT test administered in the month of February was raised about one percent as compared with the last year. The information is released by the Law School Admission cell. About 10,000 candidates enrolled in the exam held in the month of February, the rate is higher as compared with the last year’s data. Even after the February’s increase, the yearly total of the test takers is 6% of the last year’s cycle which is still considered as low. The figure of February is about 35% below the figure of the year 2009. At that time, there were about 30,000 candidates who took the LSAT test. The February’s exam cycle was the least busy examination cycle and the other examination cycles had a larger number of test takers.

The decline of the number of test takers:

The annual decline of 6.5% is recorded  which is seen as a lower rate recorded in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 because in these years the fall of 9.5%, 16% and 13.5% has been recorded. The LSAT exam is not organized at each and every test center on all the exam dates. Additionally, there are only few limited seats at all the locations for the examination. The candidates have to register as soon as possible because the chances of assigning the test centers as per the candidate’s choice would increase by doing so. If the candidate registers online for the test, then they can also check the centers available for them on the specific dates of examination. In case, if the candidates apply via the internet and the test centers requested are not available for any reason, then the LSAC assigns the center which is closest to those requested centers. But, the LSAC does not guarantee that the nearest test center as per the candidates’ application will be available. It means the LSAT admit card can also reflect the different examination center. The assignment of the test centers was not informed at the time of registration for LSAT examination and the application of test center change is also a non refundable process.

In a few countries, many locations are not acceptable due to the security reasons. It is also a major reason for the decline of the number of test takers in LSAT examination. As it takes a lot of time to establish a new test center, the candidates should submit the request which includes fees and a written application. The candidates can also go for the option of online registration process available on the LSAC’s website. The LSAC never plans to establish a non published test center for the candidates until and unless the request application and the amount of the fees is received. The application and the fees must be received before the last date of the request as per the LSAC regulations.

The reason for the decline:

  • The Bar Council of the United States has just released a yearly collection of  job placement data. This data has been collected from more than 200 law schools. And the situation came in front of the Council was awful. After graduating, only half or about 55% of the students got the jobs as per the expectations. That means the jobs which are full time, long term jobs in the field of judiciary.
  • The rate of students getting such stable jobs is improved only 1.5% as compared to the year 2011-12.
  • The job market for the law graduates has been changed in a few years. The graduates of even good law schools are struggling because the new jobs are still not available in the job market and the services in the other sectors are also limited.

In this situation, if the students still want to choose the law career, then only few top law schools would be the best and safe options to go with. The jobs with the great salary packages have fallen down a little bit. The pay scale for the new graduates has been reduced about 20%. The reason for the fuzzy combination of liability and fall of pay scale is the Government’s repayment program introduced. The conclusion of all this is if you want to go for the career in law, then you have to choose a top program. You have to work hard for that. If the candidates decide to choose any of the law schools and complete their graduation from there, even if they perform well in their law school they will not get the desired salary package and it will only mean that the candidates have just spent their precious years in the graduation.

So if you want to make a good career in the field of law, then you should work smart and prepare for the LSAT exam. The candidates have to prepare with a proper study plan as it is not an easy task to pass such sort of test. The candidates have the option of self study and the training institutes for the preparation of the LSAT exam. According to the law professionals, today there is a need of expert guidance and a series of practice tests for the aspirants who are willing to become a law graduate. The candidates should practice for the questions suggested by the trainers to score in the exam. This is the only way to get the desired job along with the desired salary package.

Such candidates will get the admission in the top law schools and it is a great thing for their law career. Today, the companies are willing to get the legal advice from the solo law practitioners and also from small law firms too. The rise of the outsourcing of legal jobs has proved beneficial for the small law firms and the solo practitioners because they can provide great services at reasonable cost.


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