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Number of LSAT takers down 8.1 percent

The number of people who took the LSAT in October declined 8.1 percent from the number who took the test a year ago, according to data from the Law School Admission Council.

This drop follows a 9.1 percent decrease from 2013 to 2014 in the number who sat for the June exam.

In October, typically the most popular month to take the Law School Admission Test, 30,943 people took the exam. That marks a decrease of almost 50 percent from the 60,746 who sat for the October test five years ago.

Enrollment in law schools nationwide has been dropping in recent years. Last year, the number of first-year law students fell below 40,000 for the first time since the 1970s, according to the American Bar Association.

At the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, the size of the first-year class at both schools shrank by more than 20 percent between 2012 and 2014.

The LSAT is held in February, June, October and December each year.

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Lauren Kirkwood covers the business of law beat at The Daily Record.