Chicago Forum: Comparison of Data for 2008–2017

Forum Participation

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 1,439 1,485 982 678 679 537 432 644 482 608
Number of Participating Law Schools 172 180 184 180 181 182 177 169 185 179

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 43.4% 43.7% 39.9% 41.2% 41.1% 40.7% 35.6% 35.8% 35.6% 35.6%
Female 56.6% 55.5% 59.0% 58.0% 58.1% 59.0% 62.8% 62.7% 62.6% 63.5%
Age
23 or Less 52.8% 52.2% 47.4% 49.5% 53.5% 52.8% 52.9% 57.7% 55.5% 50.1%
24–40 Years 42.8% 43.2% 45.8% 41.0% 39.3% 39.0% 21.3% 34.9% 37.7% 43.6%
Over 40 Years 4.4% 4.4% 6.8% 9.6% 7.4% 8.1% 8.3% 7.3% 6.9% 6.4%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.5% 1.3% 1.4% 1.2% 2.2% 1.7% 2.3% 2.2% 1.2% 1.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.6% 9.0% 8.4% 8.6% 9.6% 9.8% 9.4% 6.5% 10.4% 13.0%
Black/African American 18.8% 20.5% 23.9% 22.9% 23.0% 20.5% 26.9% 27.6% 18.5% 23.3%
Caucasian/White 59.7% 54.8% 49.4% 52.0% 57.6% 51.9% 52.9% 51.2% 57.8% 49.9%
Chicano/Mexican American 2.3% - - - - - - - - 0.0%
Hispanic/Latino 0.4% 8.8% 12.1% 7.8% 9.7% 14.2% 9.7% 12.5% 12.5% 15.4%
Puerto Rican 0.4% 0.9% 2.3% 1.2% 0.9% 0.6% 0.7% 1.2% 1.5% 2.0%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Torres Strait Islander/Australian - - 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% - 0.0%
Not Indicated** Note about Race/Ethnicity Not Indicated - - 10.2% 11.8% 5.8% 9.4% 8.0% 7.3% 6.4% 4.4%
Other 4.8% 0.3% - - - - - - - 0.0%
Total Minority Attendance 40.3% 48.0% 48.4% 44.9% 48.4% 42.8% 46.0% 47.2% 41.5% 48.0%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 50.5% 49.4% 41.0% 50.2% 50.1% 47.3% 37.7% 48.3% 41.6% 31.4%
Part-Time Student 4.1% 4.2% 3.5% 2.4% 3.0% 2.0% 4.3% 3.7% 3.7% 2.6%
Not a Student 45.4% 46.5% 42.7% 35.6% 35.6% 36.2% 46.7% 37.3% 43.9% 54.0%
Employment
Full-Time 49.4% 43.8% 40.8% 33.0% 34.6% 36.2% 42.1% 37.8% 39.1% 46.6%
Part-Time 31.2% 34.0% 28.4% 30.3% 31.5% 30.3% 29.7% 28.5% 30.4% 26.1%
Summers Only 8.8% 7.8% 5.8% 9.0% 12.6% 12.6% 3.9% 4.2% 4.4% 3.0%
Not Employed 10.6% 14.4% 14.5% 15.8% 12.0% 10.5% 18.9% 22.1% 19.1% 18.6%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 71.5% 57.1% 56.8% 75.0%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 12.2% 19.8% 18.5% 10.0%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 2.1% 6.3% 5.2% 1.8%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 1.6% 2.9% 2.7% 1.0%
Not Sure - - - - - - 4.4% 4.2% 6.4% 3.0%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 2.3% 2.0% 2.5% 1.3%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.5%
State of Permanent Residence
Illinois 50.0% 53.3% 54.3% 54.5% 54.8% 55.3% 63.0% 55.7% 63.0% 65.2%
Indiana 6.2% 7.4% 6.8% 9.3% 9.7% 8.7% 7.1% 4.2% 4.6% 5.9%
Wisconsin 5.2% 6.7% 5.9% 8.1% 9.0% 9.2% 5.1% 4.2% 4.0% 4.8%
Michigan 9.8% 8.1% 9.8% 10.2% 10.0% 7.4% 8.0% 9.3% 5.2% 5.6%
Missouri 1.5% 2.7% 2.7% 2.5% 1.3% 2.0% 1.6% 1.4% 0.8% 2.0%
Ohio 4.8% 4.4% 4.1% 2.8% 3.0% 4.1% 1.4% 1.9% 1.7% 2.0%

*Beginning with the 2010 February Houston forum, 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 32.2% 28.2% 37.4% 47.4% 37.8% 33.7% 53.1% 42.3% 37.3% -
Informative 59.7% 59.9% 55.6% 48.9% 54.1% 61.1% 40.6% 51.3% 56.0% -
Not Very Informative 7.8% 11.2% 6.4% 3.7% 6.7% 5.3% 6.3% 5.1% 6.7% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 78.9% 75.5% 77.3% 80.9% 78.9% 72.1% 70.5% 74.4% 85.1% -
No 21.1% 24.5% 22.8% 19.1% 21.1% 27.9% 29.5% 25.6% 15.1% -