To call the current law school admissions cycle a rollercoaster is an understatement.

The total number of applicants nationwide is up 17% and the number of people applying for fall 2021 with Law School Admission Test Scores of 170 or higher is up 65%, according to data from the Law School Admission Council. All of which means it has been a tough year both for law school hopefuls—who have been hit with more rejections than usual—and for law school admissions offices, whose historical data models have largely been rendered useless amid the surge in applicants and high LSAT scores.

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