To get a big envelope from University of Virginia Law School, you are probably going to need an undergraduate GPA in the 3.7+ range and an LSAT score in the high 160 range.

Check out the numbers for the class of 2016. Numbers from recent enrolling classes give you a fairly clear idea what kind of numbers a school is looking for:

University of Virginia School of Law Class of 2016 LSAT:

  • 25th percentile: 164
  • Median: 169
  • 75th percentile: 170

University of Virginia School of Law Class of 2016 GPA:

  • 25th percentile: 3.53
  • Median: 3.87
  • 75th percentile: 3.94

Source: University of Virginia Law School 2016 Entering Class Profile

UVA, like all top law schools, does take a holistic view of each applicant:

Rigid standards based simply on a combination of an LSAT score and cumulative undergraduate grade-point average cannot be the only criteria for selecting an entering class. We assess each applicant as an individual. This assessment takes into account not only LSAT scores and undergraduate grades, but also the strength of an applicant’s undergraduate or graduate curriculum, trends in grades, the maturing effect of experiences since college, the nature and quality of any work experience, significant achievement in extracurricular activities in college, service in the military, contributions to campus or community through service and leadership, and personal qualities displayed.  (Source)

That said, you are going to have a way better shot if your numbers are in the above ranges. A 169 median means that at least half the class had better than a 169 on the LSAT. If you are looking to make admission to UVA as close to a sure thing as possible, you want to get your LSAT up over that median. This score greatly increases your chances of a merit aid offer as well.

UVA, like many other schools, hasn’t gotten slightly easier to get into in the last couple of years. This is because the number of students taking the LSAT and applying to law school is falling fast. Last year’s LSAT median was a 170 and the 75th was a 171.

Another thing you might want to note: UVA Law has an interesting program whereby students apply for a dual JD/MBA degree may submit a GMAT score instead of an LSAT. This is apparently part of a program at the school to evaluate whether GMAT scores are valid and reliable measurements for potential to succeed in Law School, so this unusual option may not be available permanently. You may need to take the LSAT if you wish to transfer from UVA to another law school.

If UVA Law is your top choice law school, make sure that you study the right way and use the best LSAT prep books available. Myself and Evan are around on this site to answer any questions you might have about the LSAT or law school admissions. We are both high LSAT scorers ourselves and attended University of Chicago Law, so we’ve been through this process ourselves. For a detailed look at what I did to rock the LSAT, check out my post on LSAT self-study. That outlines the approach that helped me get a 99.8th percentile score on the LSAT.


  1. As someone just beginning her LSAT study journey, I find this site invaluable. I could not be more grateful for it! I’m having an issue though: my raw LSAT score is quite high, having never studied, but two wrongful F’s (which should be W’s) from a rough semester a while back are KILLING my GPA. I’m trying to contend with my old university to switch them, but I’m not hopeful. If my LSAT ends up being stellar, will this help negate those F’s? I’m worried that my wrongful GPA will hurt my chances of ending up at a top school. Thank you!

    • Katherine Winter on

      Include with your application materials a brief factual statement explaining why the F’s should have more appropriately been W’s. Don’t whine. Don’t blame. Just state the facts with the clinical attachment they could be expected of a lawyer. I would also include the calculation of what your GPA would be if those two courses were not considered.

  2. I am graduating at the end of April with my BA. I plan on taking your program and studying for 3-4 months for the December LSAT. Do you have a recommendation for those that want the best GMAT possible. I live in New Hampshire and Dartmouth’s average GMAT is 717. Veritas touts itself as the top program, but I don’t know if that is just good marketing and hype. Your insight would be helpful. Thank you.

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