American law schools have a brain drain problem. Fewer people with high Law School Admission Test scores are applying to and enrolling in law school, and less-qualified students are filling their slots, new research shows.
As schools grapple with a persistent slump in young Americans’ interest in legal education, the programs seem to be compensating for their sudden unpopularity by taking in people who wouldn’t have made the cut five years ago. As of March 2015, about half as many students with scores of 165 and above on the LSAT have applied to law school as did in 2010, according to a new analysis of the latest numbers from the Law School Admission Council, which administers the test. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. Applications from students with lower scores are falling, too, but not nearly as sharply, as the second chart below shows.
Why is this happening? Well, because there are still some smart young people in this world and they’re doing the smart thing. They understand that except for the top graduates, law school can drain future earnings and future earning power.
Everybody loses because more cognitively challenged lawyers in the future will mean even more left-wing ultra liberal lawyers than now, which is probably a majority of the existing bar, and 100% of those who run the professional associations and government agencies. Here is something scary: Those are the very ones most likely to become future judges.
The Rule of Law, first established at Runnymede in 1215 when King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta, will continue to erode until it’s completely dead. I’m glad I’m old enough I won’t be here to see the worst of it. Or, if I am my own cognitive function will so limited it will protect me from knowing about it.