Update: For the most current numbers, see this post: Newest 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 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:

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