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|
|23||Washington & Lee||160||164||165||43|
|23||William & Mary||161||164||165||24|
In case you want to print it out, here is an image of the above chart:
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