10 Law Schools Have Most Full-Time Applications

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The average number of applications at these schools was more than 5,500 in 2015.

It is not an easy process to apply to law schools, so fewer and fewer people like to do it. The data showed that in 2010, there were 73,118 applicants to U.S. law schools but that number dipped to 53,306 by 2014, according to the Law School Admission Council.

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Applications to many law School decline and it became harder for new law graduates to find jobs and manage student loan debt. However, some schools still get a large number of full-time applications, despite the above trend.

For example, Georgetown University got 7,748 full-time applications to J.D. program for fall 2015, more than any other school among the 195 ranked law schools, according to data to U.S. News in an annual survey.

Washington University in St. Louis wasn’t on the fall 2014 list, but its 4,613 full-time applications were enough to earn it a stable stand among the 10 law schools with the most applications for fall 2015. Except George Washington University, which saw an increase of more than 600 applications,the other schools that made the list saw their totals drop more than 700 applications from fall 2014

The average number of applications among the top 10 schools was 5,544 and in all 195 schools, it was 1,650.

Below is the list of the 10 law schools with the most applications from prospective full-time students for fall 2015. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School name (state) Full-time applications (fall 2015) U.S. News rank
Georgetown University (DC) 7,748 14
George Washington University (DC) 6,160 25 (tie)
Columbia University (NY) 5,716 4 (tie)
New York University 5,714 6
University of California—Los Angeles 5,254 17
Harvard University (MA) 5,206 2 (tie)
University of California—Berkeley 5,136 8 (tie)
University of Pennsylvania 5,069 7
Duke University (NC) 4,819 11
Washington University in St. Louis 4,613 18

If you don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Law School Compass to find applicant data, complete rankings and do much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, through U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed 205 schools for our 2015 survey of law programs. Schools self-reported their data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Law Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges,Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The applicant data above are correct in March 31, 2016.

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