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Update: For the most current numbers, see this post: Class of 2017 LSAT and GPA Medians

For those anticipating their LSAT score soon, here is a handy chart of LSAT medians, 25th percentiles, and 75th percentiles by law school. These figures are those used to rank law schools for the 2015 USNEWS Best Law Schools Rankings, and represent the medians for students entering in the fall class of 2013 (class of 2016).

Because it’s likely that a comparable number of prospective students will be taking the LSAT this year, it’s very likely that medians will remain around where they are on this chart. These LSAT figures, can help assess your chances of admission to a school.

Assuming you have a GPA that is around median for the school, schools where your LSAT is at the median can be considered a “target” school. Those where your LSAT is closer to the 25th percentile LSAT are “reach” schools and those where you have an LSAT closer to the 75th or above can be considered “safety” schools.

Beyond giving you guide posts, there is nothing too magic about 25th percentile and 75th percentile LSAT figures. In the USNews methodology, LSAT medians count for 12.5% percent of the ranking. 25th and 75th percentile LSAT is not taken into account, so a student scoring at or slightly above the median may be similarly valuable from the school’s perspective as one that scored at the 75th percentile or even higher.

Schools do, however, want the highest LSAT scorers they can get. The LSAT does after all purport to measure how well a student is likley to do in law school. All things being equal, a higher LSAT should always boost your chances of admission and scholarship money.

Here is the chart. We’ve included the US News Rank so you can see if a school is more or less competitive to get into than their rank would indicate. Iowa, for example, is way easier to get into than their rank would indicate, whereas some, like Northeastern and Washington and Lee, are much harder.

Law School LSAT Medians, 25th, and 75th Percentiles

LSAT Median Rank

Law School

LSAT 25th%

LSAT Median

LSAT 75th%

US News Ranking

1

Harvard

170

173

175

2

1

Yale

170

173

176

1

3

Columbia

169

171

173

4

3

Stanford

169

171

173

3

5

Chicago

166

170

172

4

5

NYU

168

170

172

6

7

Duke

165

169

170

10

7

Pennsylvania

165

169

171

7

7

Virginia

164

169

170

8

10

Georgetown

163

168

169

13

10

Michigan

165

168

170

10

10

Northwestern

161

168

171

12

13

Cornell

165

167

167

13

13

UC-Berkeley

166

167

169

9

13

UCLA

162

167

169

16

13

Vanderbilt

163

167

169

16

17

Texas

163

166

168

15

17

USC

163

166

167

20

17

Washington U.

160

166

167

18

20

Boston U.

161

165

166

27

20

Emory

157

165

166

19

20

G. Washington

159

165

167

20

23

Alabama

157

164

166

23

23

Boston College

160

164

165

36

23

UC-Irvine

162

164

166

23

Minnesota

156

164

167

20

23

U. Washington

161

164

165

24

23

Washington & Lee

160

164

165

43

23

William & Mary

161

164

165

24

30

Fordham

161

163

165

36

30

Georgia

158

163

164

29

30

Notre Dame

160

163

165

26

33

Arizona State

158

162

164

31

33

Colorado

158

162

164

43

33

Indiana

154

162

164

29

33

SMU

157

162

163

42

33

UC-Davis

159

162

164

46

33

Wake Forest

157

162

164

31

39

BYU

158

161

164

36

39

George Mason

157

161

163

46

39

Iowa

159

161

163

27

39

North Carolina

159

161

163

31

39

Northeastern

153

161

162

93

39

Richmond

157

161

163

51

39

Wisconsin

156

161

163

31

46

Arizona

155

160

163

40

46

Baylor

158

160

162

51

46

Cardozo

156

160

162

64

46

Florida

156

160

162

49

46

Houston

157

160

162

58

46

Illinois

157

160

163

40

46

Ohio State

157

160

162

31

46

Pepperdine

154

160

162

54

46

Temple

156

160

162

61

46

Tulane

156

160

162

46

 

In case you want to print it out, here is an image of the above chart:

LawSchoolLSATMedians

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10 Comments

  1. Dear Evan and Josh,

    Thank you so much for this valuable resource. When I decided to make the career switch from the arts to the legal field and began searching around the internet for advice about the LSAT your website was the first thing I really “studied” to plot a course for acing the exam and handling the forthcoming application process.

    I was hesitant initially to take the plunge because I had a sub-median UGPA for the T14. I’m very financially risk-averse in this career-switch from reading all of the anti-law school media in the last few years, so I would not consider attending a school without the odds of solid employment that the T14 schools offer.

    I learned from your site how much more important the LSAT was than GPA in LS admissions, and that working hard on the LSAT would allow me to overcome a sub-median GPA and maybe even get scholarships to a T14. Especially with the recent fall in application numbers. I followed the basic outline of your free study plans and prep strategies (adjusted to fit my unusual schedule), and followed the most crucial advice of taking a TON of timed practice exams. I didn’t have the bones at the time for a prep course, so having a cost-effective resource for organizing my time was invaluable. I was able to devote my full energy to prepping in an efficient manner while still keeping up with the demands of my other work.

    I ended up with a 176 on the June 2014 LSAT! I literally couldn’t believe it… kept hitting refresh to make sure I wasn’t crazy.

    I can’t thank you both enough for all of the free information, and for helping me avoid crappy resources like Kaplan and Princeton review (would have been my default had I not found your site, I’m sure). In fact, literally 3 days after I got my score back I got hired to teach the LSAT full-time for one of the top-paying prep companies. This was a complete game-changer for me. I love my new job teaching the LSAT!

    Thank you so much for this resource and I hope your business continues to thrive as it should! Definitely following those Amazon links for admissions/pre-law books!

    DB

    • DB,

      I’m so happy that you shared your story with Evan and I. We were just chatting on the phone and read your message together.

      You are EXACTLY the sort of person that we were hoping to reach when we created this site. You’re life will never be the same now that you CRUSHED the LSAT.

      Please shoot us me an email as well at Joshua.Craven@lawschooli.com — shoot me your phone number in the email and I’d love to take a few mins to chat and say hi.

      Best,
      Joshua Craven

  2. I am 56 years old and have decided to retake the LSAT. Hey don’t make that face, gotta give myself a second chance in my life , and have the guts and strength to handle it. However I do, I applaud my never give up attitude, and hope others can find the courage as I have, to once again believe in themselves. Fingers crossed.

  3. Hey guys! Great site; thanks so much! I have three years of work experience with a very disadvantaged socioeconomic background and sub-par T15 GPA who have been scoring in the late 150s on practice tests.

    I want to ask if my chances of admission will be higher if I apply early in November using the 157 LSAT score OR take the Dec LSAT (hopefully with a 165 LSAT score) & have my application read after the holidays??

    What method is more likely I get an offer?

  4. Evan,

    I wasn’t sure which comment stream you would see this question in, so I thought I would email as well as posting post-webinar.

    I got a 169 on the September LSAT. I was scoring at about a 170/171 on average in the prep tests I did, and I desperately want to go to a T7 school. I have a 3.63 GPA from undergrad, a 3.73 GPA from a top-ranked master’s program in foreign relations, and 5 years of high-profile work experience that clearly leads toward law school. I can’t decide whether I should retake in December – thoughts?

    • While I think you might sneak into a T7 with those numbers, I might suggest signing up for the retake and continuing to prep, provided you have a decent store of untouched PTs remaining to assess yourself with. If you see your score going up, you can retake. If not, you can back out. Can you give me a better idea of what you did to prep up til now? I might be able to point you in the right direction better.

      • Hi Evan!

        Thanks for your thoughts – I really appreciate your response.

        I took a powerscore course last year (for the Dec 2013 test) and saw no improvement, so I put off taking the test multiple times. I then did a Blueprint online course this summer, which was great, and put in a lot of hours doing all the homework. I probably took about 10 full practice tests. Unfortunately, I also had a pretty severe case of bronchitis for the month leading up to the September exam.

        I mainly want to go to a T7 as I am extremely interested in international negotiation and international law, and there are some amazing programs at some of the T7 schools. Luckily, my work experience and letters of recommendation all feed strongly into that area, and I have demonstrated experience in international negotiations (highlighted in my personal statement). I guess I’m trying to weigh the benefits of hitting a 172 with the benefits of applying early, as my application is a bit non-traditional (that is, with a master’s and 5 years of full-time work experience).

        Best,

        A

  5. Hi Joshua,

    I have several personal questions which I would like to ask you. Could you please email me at the email addres provided to you here and let me know what is your email?
    Thanks a lot!

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