Will the 2021-2022 Law School Cycle Be More Competitive? | S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting

The 2020-2021 application cycle was the most competitive cycle in ABA history with applications up 32-35% and the highest percentage of LSAT scores 170+. What about the 2021-2022 application cycle? Will it be more competitive? How does last year’s cycle affect this year’s cycle? Join me as I give you a breakdown of my predictions for this upcoming cycle and what you can do to strengthen your chances.

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Through S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting, Sydney Montgomery provides personalized law school admissions consulting and college counseling services. As the first lawyer in her family and as a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Sydney Montgomery uses her platform to help students break down generational barriers and step confidently into their future. Sydney has been consulting since 2012 and is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.



  1. Hello, don't know if you'll see this, but I'm a URM Junior in undergrad currently and I was just wondering if you thought that this increase in competitiveness is a sustainable long term trend or something that may sort itself out in 2-3 years? Great video, and thank you for your insight

  2. Great video! This cycle was certainly brutal. As a 177 scorer who applied in February, I only got into one t30 school with no scholarship. I plan to apply in September next fall, as you suggested. My question, however, is regarding whether or not schools will be more prepared next cycle. It seems that during this cycle, schools "over-accepted" applicants early on who would normally be competitive applicants. However, this meant waitlisting/rejecting students who had strong applications later in the cycle due to lack of seats available. The Notre Dame fiasco sums this up perfectly. Do you think schools will hold onto early applications for a longer period of time to better assess their total applicant pool? Will applying early be any less of an advantage than it was this cycle and in the past? It certainly is still better to apply early but I am hoping that I am able to have a more successful cycle (and hoping I can make a final decision long before say May 2022). Thanks!

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