While it’s not the pearl of the UC system (that would be Berkeley) UCLA Law is the most prestigious school in Los Angeles, a major legal market. The law school currently ranks 17th on the US News and World Report rankings of the country’s best law school. Combine the desirable location with a world class school and it’s no surprise that getting in is a competitive process. So what LSAT and GPA do you typically need for admission to UCLA Law? The numbers from this years enrolling class will give you a better idea what it takes to get into UCLA law:
25th percentile LSAT: 163
Median LSAT: 167
75th percentile LSAT 169
25th percentile GPA: 3.56
Median GPA: 3.79
75th percentile GPA: 3.90
If your GPA and LSAT numbers fall within these ranges, you are likely a competitive applicant to UCLA law. Have both numbers above the median and you have very strong chances of getting in. Self-reported data from last year’s applicants to UCLA showed no outright rejections with an LSAT over a 168, so if you are looking to come close to assuring you get into UCLA, a 168 is the magic number. With a lower LSAT, your odds improve greatly if your GPA is above the median or better.
The doors to UCLA law are not, however, barred just because your numbers are slightly below these 25th-75th ranges. UCLA, like other top schools, does not judge applicants based solely on numbers. Every year a considerable number of applicants with either one or both numbers below these 25th-75th percentile ranges will receive a fat envelope. If your numbers not quite up to par, craft a very good application and also consider retaking the LSAT. UCLA, like most schools in this range, puts little stock in your lower score so long as you boost it on a retake. Also read this post: GETTING INTO LAW SCHOOL WITH A LOW GPA.
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