Boston Forum: Comparison of Data for 2008–2017

Forum Participation

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 783 1,107 861 566 604 320 419 363 459 679
Number of Participating Law Schools 143 157 162 164 161 154 153 141 149 154

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 41.0% 40.8% 39.2% 39.1% 41.7% 39.8% 34.3% 34.7% 29.7% 33.2%
Female 59.0% 58.1% 60.6% 60.0% 58.2% 59.9% 65.0% 64.2% 67.7% 65.2%
Age
23 or Less 56.8% 56.2% 59.3% 61.9% 55.4% 53.3% 56.2% 61.4% 64.9% 56.0%
24–40 Years 39.4% 40.5% 36.7% 34.0% 41.6% 42.9% 39.3% 36.1% 32.0% 41.0%
Over 40 Years 3.8% 3.3% 4.3% 4.3% 3.0% 3.8% 4.5% 2.5% 3.0% 3.1%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data

American Indian/

Alaska Native

0.1% 0.8% 0.0% 2.1% 2.5% 2.8% 2.6% 1.9% 1.7% 3.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.8% 10.2% 11.0% 9.9% 10.3% 7.8% 9.5% 10.2% 15.3% 11.7%

Black/

African American

12.5% 12.4% 17.4% 14.7% 14.4% 16.0% 16.9% 14.3% 19.0% 17.0%

Caucasian/

White

65.5% 59.3% 53.9% 55.2% 57.4% 58.6% 59.8% 60.3% 54.8% 58.7%

Chicano/

Mexican American

0.5% - - - - - - - - -
Hispanic/Latino 5.2% 7.3% 9.4% 9.8% 12.1% 10.7% 9.5% 10.7% 9.5% 10.5%
Puerto Rican 1.2% 1.9% 2.4% 2.3% 1.8% 0.9% 1.4% 3.9% 1.7% 1.9%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%

Torres Strait Islander/

Australian

- - 0.1% - - - - - - -
Not Indicated** Note about Race/Ethnicity Not Indicated - - 11.8% 13.7% 11.7% 12.9% 8.6% 9.6% 7.8% 6.6%
Other 5.2% 0.6% - - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 34.5% 43.2% 38.9% 32.5% 32.6% 29.4% 37.7% 34.2% 42.9% 37.7%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 49.4% 46.7% 45.6% 45.3% 41.8% 34.2% 40.5% 41.3% 44.6% 41.0%
Part-Time Student 4.2% 4.9% 2.6% 1.6% 3.0% 1.6% 3.8% 1.7% 2.6% 3.8%
Not a Student 46.4% 48.4% 40.8% 36.2% 40.8% 46.7% 44.2% 42.4% 37.2% 42.0%
Employment
Full-Time 50.4% 44.4% 37.7% 35.0% 41.8% 44.5% 39.0% 38.3% 41.6% 42.2%
Part-Time 28.1% 31.8% 28.3% 28.4% 26.0% 28.2% 29.5% 23.4% 24.9% 22.5%
Summers Only 12.5% 10.8% 9.7% 7.8% 7.4% 4.7% 6.0% 5.0% 4.1% 5.4%
Not Employed 9.0% 13.0% 13.3% 11.5% 11.6% 10.7% 18.8% 19.8% 20.3% 21.7%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 70.7% 70.5% 64.5% 65.0%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 12.6% 13.8% 15.4% 17.1%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 3.8% 2.8% 2.6% 3.8%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 0.5% 0.6% 2.2% 1.6%
Not Sure - - - - - - 5.2% 4.4% 5.4% 5.6%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 1.7% 1.4% 1.3% 1.2%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1%
State of Permanent Residence
Massachusetts 56.6% 54.0% 47.1% 44.9% 50.7% 56.7% 58.6% 52.3% 50.4% 53.7%
New York 7.9% 6.1% 12.8% 13.7% 12.9% 7.8% 6.4% 8.8% 6.3% 5.9%
Connecticut 5.1% 5.1% 8.3% 7.1% 6.3% 5.6% 5.5% 6.3% 4.3% 6.9%
Rhode Island 4.1% 4.2% 3.7% 4.1% 2.3% 3.8% 3.8% 2.2% 4.1% 4.7%
New Hampshire 2.9% 4.3% 3.6% 5.0% 2.8% 4.7% 4.0% 4.1% 2.4% 1.9%
New Jersey 2.2% 3.5% 4.2% 3.7% 4.1% 2.5% 2.1% 3.6% 3.2% 2.9%

*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.

**Race/Ethnicity information may be missing for attendees who registered prior to 7/09 if they did not update the information in their LSAC account.

At the Forum

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Information Received from Law Schools
Very Informative 29.0% 26.9% 36.2% 40.4% 38.4% 41.3% 50.0% 55.4% 50.8% -
Informative 64.2% 61.1% 58.4% 55.1% 59.3% 54.4% 44.4% 44.6% 47.6% -
Not Very Informative 6.7% 11.6% 4.7% 4.5% 2.3% 4.4% 3.7% 0.0% 1.6% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 72.2% 71.7% 75.5% 70.9% 79.5% 77.3% 75.0% 76.8% 77.8% -
No 27.8% 28.3% 24.5% 29.1% 20.5% 22.7% 25.0% 23.2% 22.2% -