More than half of the applicants for the 2019 and 2020 U.S. Law School Admission Test were from California, according to a report released Wednesday by the Association of American Law Schools.
The report, based on the National Center for Education Statistics, shows that in the year prior to the test, just over 40% of applicants were from the Golden State, and the percentage dropped to 17% the year after the test was administered.
The data was compiled from the Law School Admissions Test Consortium, an association of schools, and is based on admissions data from the National Association of College Admission Administrators.
The Los Angeles County School Board had the highest percentage of students from the state at 21.5%, followed by the University of California at Berkeley at 19.5%.
California’s high proportion of law schools from the Bay Area was cited as one of the reasons why there were so many applicants from the Los Angeles area, the association said.
More than 80% of the students admitted from California were from out of state, while more than 60% of those admitted from out-of-state students were from states other than California, the report said.
The study found that the number of California students applying to the U.N. and the U,S.
government was up by 4.3% and 2.2% respectively, as compared to the same period in 2019.
The percentage of applicants from California was also up from 5.3 in 2019, to 5.6 in 2020, to 6.3 last year, the Association said.
California has become a magnet for U.,S.-born students seeking a law degree, but it’s the largest state of all to be a magnet.
It is one of only two states where the number and type of students is tied for the second-largest state of the nation.