All Law School Forums Combined: Comparison of Data for 2008–2017

Forum Participation

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 9,648 12,590 9,903 9,010 8,152 6,970 5,852 5,832 6,334 7,442
Number of Participating Law Schools 190 192 207 209 214 216 217 217 217 222

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 39.4% 40.6% 38.9% 39.4% 38.2% 36.6% 35.3% 34.4% 33.2% 33.1%
Female 58.8% 58.3% 60.2% 59.8% 61.2% 63.1% 63.1% 64.2% 66.8% 66.9%
Age
20 or Less 8.1% 7.7% 8.1% 9.2% 8.7% 9.1% 12.0% 12.9% 13.3% 12.3%
21–23 Years 40.6% 38.9% 38.9% 42.2% 42.2% 43.2% 40.8% 40.2% 40.2% 38.6%
24–26 Years 21.6% 21.8% 20.3% 19.4% 19.7% 20.5% 18.8% 20.5% 20.0% 21.2%
27–33 Years 15.5% 16.5% 16.5% 14.6% 14.1% 13.4% 14.7% 15.0% 15.2% 15.9%
34–40 Years 8.2% 8.7% 9.0% 8.1% 8.2% 7.4% 4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 5.7%
Over 40 Years 5.6% 6.4% 7.0% 6.6% 7.0% 6.4% 5.9% 6.1% 6.5% 6.3%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data

American Indian/

Alaska Native

0.4% 0.9% 1.6% - 1.8% 1.8% 2.3% 1.9% 2.0% 3.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.0% 10.6% 11.6% 15.7% 14.0% 13.3% 12.4% 11.8% 12.1% 0.8%
Black/African American 24.8% 25.9% 27.4% 28.5% 25.5% 26.9% 28.6% 27.9% 26.0% 35.9%

Caucasian/

White

43.9% 42.4% 41.1% 47.9% 40.8% 41.7% 40.3% 39.7% 39.6% 56.9%

Chicano/

Mexican American

1.2% 1.1% - - - - - - - -

Hispanic/

Latino

9.4% 10.7% 16.0% 17.7% 17.6% 18.8% 18.4% 20.5% 20.1% 26.6%
Puerto Rican 1.1% 1.7% 2.1% 2.4% 2.3% 1.9% 2.3% 2.4% 2.2% 2.9%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%

Torres Strait Islander/

Australian

- - 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% - - - - -
Other 5.0% 2.2% - - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 50.9% 59.3% 54.6% 52.6% 53.8% 55.3% 59.2% 66.9% 61.3% 56.4%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 38.3% 45.0% 38.2% 41.0% 40.6% 40.8% 41.1% 37.8% 43.2% 39.0%
Part-Time Student 3.4% 4.5% 3.6% 3.1% 3.2% 2.9% 4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 4.0%
Not a Student 41.3% 50.5% 43.9% 39.9% 40.7% 41.6% 43.1% 45.0% 53.0% 57.0%
Employment
Full-Time 47.0% 48.7% 42.0% 36.9% 37.7% 39.0% 38.6% 41.3% 42.0% 48.4%
Part-Time 23.5% 27.5% 24.7% 26.8% 27.0% 27.0% 27.6% 25.7% 28.7% 26.4%
Summers Only 7.2% 7.4% 6.4% 7.1% 6.7% 6.2% 4.0% 3.4% 4.1% 3.7%
Not Employed 10.9% 16.4% 16.2% 16.0% 16.3% 16.4% 23.7% 21.7% 25.2% 21.5%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 68.1% 68.0% 60.3% 69.3%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 12.7% 13.1% 20.8% 13.1%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 3.6% 3.3% 3.9% 2.7%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 1.7% 1.4% 2.0% 1.3%
Not Sure - - - - - - 4.8% 4.5% 4.4% 4.6%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 2.4% 1.6% 1.7% 1.5%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.2% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%

*Beginning in 2010, attendees were offered racial/ethnic options more consistent with the new Department of Education guidelines. Attendees who selected more than one category are represented in each of the categories selected.

At the Forum

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Information Received from Law Schools
Very Informative 34.8% 33.1% 38.4% 41.5% 43.1% 46.9% 47.9% 47.7% 47.9% -
Informative 58.2% 56.0% 54.7% 51.6% 50.5% 49.0% 47.2% 47.0% 47.4% -
Not Very Informative 6.5% 9.7% 6.6% 6.2% 5.8% 3.7% 4.5% 4.9% 4.6% -
Uninformative - 0.7% 0.4% 0.6% 0.6% 0.4% 0.3% 0.4% 0.1% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 80.3% 76.4% 79.7% 77.9% 77.6% 77.8% 77.5% 75.7% - -
No 19.7% 23.3% 20.3% 22.1% 22.4% 22.2% 22.5% 24.3% - -