New York Forum: Comparison of Data for 2008–2017

Forum Participation

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 2,577 3,282 1,935 1,930 1,660 1,361 1,377 1,328 1,435 1,780
Number of Participating Law Schools 156 173 178 185 185 186 190 188 185 188

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 37.0% 38.4% 37.9% 38.3% 36.3% 33.0% 33.7% 33.7% 33.0% 32.5%
Female 63.0% 60.7% 61.1% 60.8% 63.0% 66.7% 64.9% 65.1% 65.5% 66.3%
Age
23 or Less 48.4% 46.5% 47.9% 51.5% 49.9% 54.4% 54.2% 52.8% 50.4% 50.4%
24–40 46.5% 47.8% 45.4% 42.1% 42.8% 38.4% 38.1% 40.3% 42.3% 42.9%
Over 40 Years 5.0% 5.7% 6.6% 6.5% 7.3% 7.3% 7.7% 7.0% 7.2% 6.7%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0.3% 0.8% 1.2% 1.7% 1.1% 1.4% 1.8% 1.5% 1.5% 1.3%
Asian/
Pacific Islander
10.9% 14.0% 13.0% 11.8% 15.1% 14.3% 12.9% 12.8% 13.8% 15.4%
Black/
African American
24.5% 22.5% 24.9% 26.3% 27.1% 28.6% 28.2% 27.9% 26.8% 27.2%
Caucasian/
White
46.3% 43.5% 42.8% 40.5% 38.4% 40.4% 40.2% 37.9% 41.0% 43.0%
Chicano/
Mexican American
0.5% - - - - - - - - -
Hispanic/
Latino
10.2% 10.8% 13.2% 13.6% 15.4% 15.3% 17.6% 18.7% 17.2% 17.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - - - - - - - - - 0.5%
Puerto Rican 1.9% 2.9% 4.1% 4.5% 5.9% 4.2% 4.1% 4.6% 4.8% 3.5%
Canadian Aboriginal 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Torres Strait Islander/
Australian
- - 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% - -
Not Indicated** Note about Race/Ethnicity Not Indicated - - 12.0% 11.2% 8.6% 9.4% 7.7% 7.8% 8.7% 4.9%
Other 5.4% 0.7% - - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 53.7% 59.4% 50.5% 47.9% 55.5% 54.3% 58.3% 58.5% 55.8% 57.6%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 39.8% 36.9% 31.9% 35.7% 33.8% 38.4% 35.2% 30.7% 29.4% 27.3%
Part-Time Student 3.8% 4.1% 3.3% 3.0% 3.4% 2.7% 4.1% 2.8% 2.6% 2.5%
Not a Student 56.4% 59.0% 48.4% 45.3% 47.0% 45.0% 47.9% 53.4% 52.0% 57.6%
Employment
Full-Time 58.4% 54.2% 43.7% 39.8% 40.8% 38.9% 41.7% 46.5% 48.1% 50.3%
Part-Time 25.0% 24.6% 23.2% 25.6% 24.6% 27.2% 24.0% 23.6% 20.7% 21.8%
Summers Only 6.1% 5.6% 5.7% 5.8% 5.4% 5.0% 4.1% 3.3% 3.3% 2.6%
Not Employed 10.5% 15.6% 15.1% 15.1% 16.8% 16.9% 23.9% 19.9% 20.5% 17.6%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 70.1% 71.5% 70.6% 69.8%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 10.6% 11.0% 11.6% 12.3%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 2.8% 3.0% 1.9% 2.2%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 1.6% 0.8% 1.6% 0.9%
Not Sure - - - - - - 5.2% 3.4% 4.1% 4.5%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 2.1% 1.1% 0.8% 1.6%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.1% 0.0% 0.3% 0.2%
State of Permanent Residence
New York 59.7% 59.8% 61.4% 59.5% 59.5% 58.8% 63.3% 63.2% 60.6% 59.8%
New Jersey 17.7% 17.2% 18.4% 17.8% 16.9% 16.3% 14.3% 14.1% 16.9% 17.3%
Connecticut 3.5% 4.4% 4.5% 3.6% 5.0% 4.9% 3.5% 3.7% 3.1% 4.1%
Pennsylvania 3.8% 4.4% 3.3% 3.5% 3.7% 3.1% 3.8% 3.2% 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

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Information Received from Law Schools
Very Informative 29.4% 26.6% 35.1% 36.2% 40.0% 53.8% 42.5% 43.6% 43.1% -
Informative 61.7% 58.6% 57.7% 58.2% 52.3% 43.5% 53.8% 51.5% 52.3% -
Not Very Informative 7.9% 13.6% 6.5% 4.2% 7.7% 2.8% 3.8% 4.4% 4.1% -
Uninformative 1.0% 1.2% 0.8% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.5% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 79.0% 72.4% 78.3% 74.5% 75.5% 74.7% 77.1% 67.7% 81.5% -
No 21.0% 27.6% 21.7% 25.5% 24.5% 25.4% 22.9% 32.4% 18.6% -