Houston Forum: Comparison of Data for 2009–2017

Forum Participation

  2009 2010
(Feb)
2010
(Nov)
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 681 660 689 608 627 530 318 354 545 611
Number of Participating Law Schools 131 152 157 176 177 178 168 155 169 175

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2009 2010
(Feb)
2010
(Nov)
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 45.4% 44.6% 40.8% 41.0% 38.5% 33.5% 35.5% 39.7% 35.5% 35.5%
Female 54.6% 54.4% 58.4% 58.5% 61.2% 66.3% 62.3% 59.4% 63.4% 63.4%
Age
23 or Less 37.4% 40.5% 43.9% 41.7% 48.2% 50.6% 53.6% 50.7% 54.3% 46.6%
24–40 Years 51.9% 49.5% 49.0% 52.2% 42.3% 44.4% 40.5% 42.0% 41.0% 44.6%
Over 40 Years 10.7% 9.8% 7.1% 6.3% 9.5% 5.1% 5.9% 7.3% 4.8% 8.8%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.2% 2.4% 2.6% 2.0% 1.9% 1.7% 0.3% 1.4% 2.0% 3.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.2% 9.5% 9.6% 10.1% 9.1% 9.0% 7.2% 11.3% 9.9% 9.9%
Black/African American 33.4% 29.1% 29.8% 32.1% 32.9% 23.4% 34.6% 27.0% 30.9% 30.3%
Caucasian/White 33.6% 32.3% 37.2% 34.2% 34.3% 37.3% 32.4% 29.0% 30.5% 35.0%
Chicano/Mexican American 3.9% - - - - - - - - -
Hispanic/Latino 15.6% 25.0% 23.8% 22.6% 23.1% 30.1% 28.3% 35.2% 29.1% 28.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - - - - - - - - - 0.8%
Puerto Rican 0.6% 1.2% 1.0% 1.0% 1.1% 1.5% 1.3% 1.1% 1.6% 1.6%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% - - - - 0.3% 0.0% -
Torres Strait Islander/Australian - 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% - - - - - -
Not Indicated** Note about Race/Ethnicity Not Indicated - 7.4%% 7.5% 3.6% 5.2% 6.2% 4.7% 5.9% 5.3% 3.7%
Other 3.5% - - - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 66.4% 65.0% 62.8% 62.1% 63.8% 60.0% 67.9% 73.2% 69.0% 65.6%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 55.6% 46.5% 41.1% 40.5% 46.1% 43.6% 44.4% 38.3% 51.6% 40.4%
Part-Time Student 4.7% 3.2% 4.4% 2.3% 3.8% 2.8% 3.2% 6.2% 2.6% 5.2%
Not a Student 39.7% 39.7% 39.8% 40.7% 37.0% 40.4% 38.4% 44.2% 36.9% 44.8%
Employment
Full-Time 45.9% 41.8% 44.5% 40.3% 42.3% 43.1% 35.3% 42.3% 36.6% 41.5%
Part-Time 29.9% 26.1% 22.7% 26.4% 26.1% 28.5% 31.2% 24.8% 28.3% 28.2%
Summers Only 5.5% 3.9% 5.2% 4.1% 5.4% 4.7% 2.2% 2.0% 3.5% 1.5%
Not Employed 18.7% 20.1% 17.6% 17.9% 17.3% 15.7% 26.8% 25.1% 27.2% 23.8%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 62.8% 70.1% 63.1% 66.0%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 16.4% 12.7% 17.2% 15.1%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 5.7% 1.7% 6.2% 2.6%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 2.8% 1.1% 3.1% 1.6%
Not Sure - - - - - - 2.2% 5.9% 4.6% 5.7%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 1.6% 0.3% 0.7% 1.3%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.3% 0.0% 0.4% 0.3%
State of Permanent Residence
Texas 81.9% 84.1% 86.6% 85.1% 78.7% 89.7% 81.6% 86.8% 84.8% 86.0%
Louisiana 7.0% 5.7% 3.3% 3.5% 5.2% 2.1% 7.2% 4.5% 3.7% 3.7%

*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

  2009 2010
(Feb)
2010
(Nov)
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Information Received from Law Schools
Very Informative 47.6% 40.0% 44.8% 46.0% 42.9% 36.0% 64.5% 70.7% 61.3% -
Informative 49.0% 47.6% 50.6% 49.2% 52.4% 64.0% 35.5% 26.8% 33.3% -
Not Very Informative 1.4% 12.4% 4.6% 4.8% 3.6% 0.0% 0.0% 2.4% 5.3% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 79.9% 74.0% 74.4% 81.0% 74.7% 83.3% 82.8% 78.1% 88.0% -
No 20.2% 26.0% 25.6% 19.0% 25.3% 16.7% 17.2% 22.0% 12.0% -