The University of South Dakota School of Law will welcome one of the largest incoming classes of students in 10 years next Monday, Aug. 12. Eighty-seven students representing 14 states comprise the Class of 2022.Remember all that discussion about "right-sizing" law school? About how a lot of schools were actually admitting that their admissions needed a diet?
The class also scored strongly on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with both the median and 75th percentile scores improving one point from last year at 152 and 154 respectively.
Well, screw that. That argument is as passe as heroin. USD (and others, it seems) is gonna party like it's 2008, which is probably fitting if you've ever seen what they wear to malls in those parts.
And you know we're back in boom times when the press trumpets a 154 as the "strong" 75th percentile LSAT that it is. For years, pocket-protected nebbishes would have argued against such a premise, but you know what? They're all going to be high-powered lawyers in the end so long as the bar folks burn their caution flags and let the engines roar.
The "fourteen states" bit... folks, only six states border South Dakota, so that means there's a few of these kids coming a fairly long way to go to a public school in a low-population state. Among other conclusions, that tells me we might need more law schools in the flyover states. Is Texas hungry for another school? Illinois? Colorado need a third? Does Mitchell Hamline need to expand?
In any event, law school is back, baby, even though it never left.