Washington, DC, Forum: Comparison of Data for 2008–2017

Forum Participation

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Attendees 1,285 1,877 1,071 784 707 952 596 678 691 853
Number of Participating Law Schools 175 179 186 187 189 190 186 188 188 182

Summary of Attendees

Biographical Information

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gender
Male 42.5% 41.2% 38.9% 36.7% 38.5% 41.8% 38.2% 32.5% 35.3% 31.4%
Female 57.5% 58.0% 60.1% 62.4% 60.5% 58.1% 59.7% 66.9% 63.7% 66.7%
Age
23 or Less 48.3% 46.2% 39.0% 49.0% 43.7% 47.2% 53.1% 52.3% 54.2% 51.7%
24–40 Years 46.5% 47.5% 51.5% 43.6% 43.1% 46.8% 39.8% 40.3% 38.0% 48.5%
Over 40 Years 5.2% 6.4% 9.5% 7.3% 13.1% 6.1% 7.1% 7.3% 7.7% 5.8%
Race/Ethnicity* Note about Race/Ethnicity data
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0.5% 0.6% 1.7% 2.5% 2.7% 2.7% 3.0% 1.9% 2.7% 2.1%
Asian/
Pacific Islander
9.8% 10.1% 10.6% 11.5% 11.1% 11.0% 10.4% 9.5% 9.6% 8.9%
Black/African American 29.7% 26.1% 34.6% 34.3% 34.0% 32.1% 31.8% 35.1% 34.0% 31.5%
Caucasian/
White
47.8% 45.4% 40.0% 39.6% 38.8% 41.6% 41.5% 42.6% 46.5% 51.9%
Chicano/
Mexican American
0.6% 0.9% - - - - - - - -
Hispanic/
Latino
6.1% 5.3% 8.1% 8.0% 10.1% 9.7% 10.8% 14.5% 11.0% 11.9%
Puerto Rican 0.6% 0.9% 1.5% 1.8% 2.1% 1.6% 1.8% 2.3% 1.6% 2.3%
Torres Strait Islander/
Australian
0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Not Indicated** Note about Race/Ethnicity Not Indicated - - 10.3% 8.7% 10.8% 11.7% 9.5% 6.1% 6.9% 3.4%
Other 4.9% 4.7% - - - - - - - -
Total Minority Attendance 52.2% 48.7% 53.5% 54.6% 53.4% 49.9% 54.3% 56.5% 53.9% 48.4%
Student Status
Full-Time Student 46.7% 35.8% 35.3% 40.4% 36.8% 36.5% 40.3% 37.2% 38.2% 35.0%
Part-Time Student 3.1% 3.8% 4.7% 4.6% 3.3% 3.5% 3.2% 4.4% 2.9% 2.5%
Not a Student 50.2% 47.4% 49.6% 42.3% 46.4% 45.5% 45.3% 47.1% 48.5% 51.1%
Employment
Full-Time 55.8% 49.7% 52.5% 46.1% 45.8% 50.3% 47.1% 52.0% 50.8% 53.1%
Part-Time 20.6% 18.1% 17.3% 20.8% 17.3% 18.3% 19.6% 19.8% 17.6% 18.3%
Summers Only 14.2% 11.5% 10.4% 11.5% 13.4% 10.8% 7.1% 4.5% 8.9% 7.4%
Not Employed 9.4% 10.0% 11.0% 10.8% 13.4% 9.9% 18.4% 16.1% 16.4% 14.1%
Expected Law School Enrollment Year
Within 1 Year - - - - - - 70.6% 71.4% 70.9% 76.2%
Within 2 Years - - - - - - 7.0% 10.7% 9.0% 6.8%
Within 3 Years - - - - - - 2.7% 1.5% 3.0% 1.9%
Within 4 Years - - - - - - 0.7% 0.6% 0.4% 0.2%
Not Sure - - - - - - 5.6% 4.5% 3.0% 3.3%
Uncertain if I Will Apply to Law School - - - - - - 2.8% 1.2% 2.3% 1.2%
Not Planning to Enroll - - - - - - 0.3% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
State of Permanent Residence
California 3.6% 3.7% 3.4% 2.3% 3.1% 3.2% 3.2% 3.7% 3.2% 3.5%
District of Columbia 10.9% 11.6% 12.8% 12.4% 13.7% 14.4% 13.8% 15.5% 16.1% 15.4%
Maryland 20.6% 20.4% 25.7% 24.3% 23.3% 23.0% 20.1% 19.9% 19.1% 18.8%
New Jersey 4.4% 3.9% 3.3% 3.7% 4.7% 3.0% 3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 5.1%
New York 5.4% 5.1% 6.6% 7.7% 6.1% 7.0% 0.7% 4.4% 4.3% 6.7%
Pennsylvania 6.8% 5.9% 6.0% 6.2% 5.8% 5.7% 5.8% 5.0% 6.5% 4.6%
Virginia 20.6% 21.1% 21.1% 19.7% 22.4% 22.3% 20.1% 18.0% 18.4% 17.9%

*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 33.2% 29.2% 37.2% 37.3% 50.0% 45.3% 49.4% 40.9% 53.8% -
Informative 60.7% 57.2% 53.8% 54.9% 43.6% 50.4% 45.8% 52.2% 42.3% -
Not Very Informative 6.1% 12.8% 8.5% 6.3% 4.3% 2.9% 4.8% 7.0% 3.8% -
Considering Schools Not Previously Considered as a Result of the Forum
Yes 82.2% 76.9% 81.9% 79.1% 78.4% 68.4% 72.8% 80.0% - -
No 17.8% 23.1% 18.1% 20.9% 21.6% 31.6% 27.2% 20.0% - -