The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 4, 1988-- Page 5
More students apply to law school
BY JEFF ARCHER
About 10 percent more students took the
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) on Satur-
day than last year, which may be the largest
turnout ever for the exam.
The number of people who applied to Ameri-
can Bar Association-approved law schools in the
1987-88 academic year increased by nearly
15,000 over the previous year, said Bill Kennish,
deputy vice-president of data services for the
Law School Admissions Services.
Stanley Kaplan, of the Stanley H. Kaplan Ed-
ucational Centers, Ltd. said the number of people
applying to his LSAT courses increased 40 per-
cent nationwide over last year. "Pre-law students
are coming out of the wood-work," said Kaplan,
whose courses are taught at colleges throughout
This national trend is reflected in Ann Arbor
as well. Allen Stillwagen, dean of admissions at
the University's law school, said the number of
applications received by the law school has in-
creased from 4,100 in 1984 to 5,600 in 1987.
University undergraduate programs also cur-
rently lead the country in number of applicants to
U.S. law schools, with 730 students applying to
one or more law schools.
The recent increase in law school applicants
has been attributed to various phenomena. Lou
Rice, an LSA academic counselor for students
interested in pre-law, cited economics as one of
the primary causes. "With the current economic
trend, there's less assuredness on Wall Street,"
and consequently, "much of the former M.B.A.
population is now turning towards law."
Yet, Stillwagen said economics doesn't ex-
plain the marked rise completely. "The increase
began before the stock market trouble of last
fall." The stock market dropped over 500 points
in one day last October.
He also pointed out that the number of appli-
cants to law school has been cyclic. According to
Law School Admission Services data, the num-
ber of applicants peaked at about 72,000 in the
1982-83 academic year before dropping down to
about 64,000 the following year. The number of
applicants then continued to gradually decline
until it jumped back to 74,000 in the 1987-88
Kaplan cited changes in personal taste as an-
other cause for the trend. "'L. A. Law' and the
(Robert) Bork investigation have added to the
mistique of the profession. It's becoming the in
thing to be," he said.
He also said a portion of former medical
school applicants may be turning toward law be-
cause of increasing concern over malpractice
suits. "A lot of people would rather sue than be
sued," he said.
Although his service has witnessed a sharp
increase in the number of people taking the
course for the LSAT, the number of people tak-
ing the Medical College Admissions Test
(MCAT) course has decreased.
Kennish said there is also a "shark-feeding
frenzy effect," in professions such a law, in
which, as the popularity increases, "it becomes;
the thing to do, and it feeds on itself, until a glut;
Such a glut may already have occurred for
students interested in law. "Lawyers are becom-
ing a-dime-a-dozen," said Jim Ryan, an LSA se-
nior who took Saturday's LSAT exam. "The
popularity does make it less appealing."
Ryan will also take the Graduate Marketing
Admissions Test (GMAT) to keep his options
Christine Carrier, who also took Saturday's
LSAT said that though, "it seems like everybody
wants to be a lawyer now, I can't worry about
how many others are doing the same thing I am."
E. Quad residents disturbed by violence
Scenes like this were familia
ruling, when Michigamua was
tions in public. But similar
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fensive were obvious."
She said the Civil Rights rul-
ing is a topic that needs to be dis-
cussed because of accounts of
initiation rites" last spring.
Charlie Reuland, an LSA grad-
uate and member of last year's
Michigamua, has admitted to the
public display last spring but said
he refused to participate.
"I just objected to dressing up
and being too public about it be-
cause you're not Native American
and you're certainly not Indians...
putting on a feather doesn't make
you that," Reuland said.
LSA junior Delro Harris, a
member of the Michigan Student
Assembly's Minority Affairs
Committee, said he saw members
of the organization last spring
pounding drums and "whooping."
"Maybe people just think
they're having fun." Harris said.
"That's unfortunate. They don't
realize the damage that they are
doing. The fact that that many
r before a 1973 civil rights
s allowed to hold its initia-
displays were reported last
students can go by and not be
bothered by it I think is serious."
Harris said the Minority Affairs
Committee hopes to meet soon
Many Native American stu-
dents also expressed anger by the
"History has portrayed Ameri-
can Indians in a behavior that has
a demoralizing connotation - the
savage image of hatred and hea-
thenism - and all these images
are being reinforced by Michiga-
mua," Gina Terry, member of the
Native American Student Organi-
zation and UCAR representative,
said of the alleged continuation of
the public displays.
The Native American Student
Association is planning on meet-
ing this Friday. DeLong said she
and members of NASA plan to
meet with members of Michiga-
mua again next week.
Michigamua was founded in
1901 by University President
James Angell, Athletic Director
Fielding Yost, and male seniors
who were deemed "campus lead-
BY ED KRACHMER
East Quad residents expressed
shock in response to two violent in-
cidents that occurred near the resi-
dence hall over the weekend.
Friday evening an East Quad
resident, whose name is yet to be
released, was assaulted in the East
University/South University area and
fled to East Quad, leaving a trail of
blood. Six hours later, a 33 year-old
man was shot while leaving Stop-N-
Go, a convenience store located one
block from East Quad on East Uni-
LSA first-year student Matt
Shephard was walking on the west
side of East University at the time of
the shooting. Although he did not
see the incident, he did hear the gun-
"It sounded more like a crack -
no one acted alarmed," said Shep-
hard. It was not until later that
evening that he learned that the
sound had been a gunshot. "I was
stunned... I realized that I could have
been hit by a stray bullet."
Many students knew that some-
thing had happened Friday night be-
cause of the blood trial the beating
victim left through the residence
hall's courtyard and hallways.
East Quad Building Director Deba
Patnaik said that the residence hall
staff was immediately alerted to the
"(When) we have an incident like
that, the entire staff is informed and
alerted for rumor control and to give
support and help to whomever needs
it," said Patnaik.
The East Quad community has a
variety of opinions about what the
weekend violence signifies. "People
should be outraged when a student is
attacked in broad daylight. Unfortu-
nately, there is nothing you can re-
ally do," said LSA sophomore
LSA first-year student Stephanie
Cook thinks the beating incident is
part of a much larger problem. "I
grew up in Ann Arbor. (Because the
University) is intermingled with the
community, it incites more vio-
lence. There is a lot of resentment
by Ann Arborites of students."
Patnaik said that the incidents are
"indicative of how violent we
(American society) have become."
"... The question is what type of
involvement should the entire com-
munity have to minimize it, if not
eliminate such incidents," said Pat-
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