What LSAT and GPA numbers do you need to get into Cornell University Law School?

Cornell Law is one of the much vaunted ‘Top 14’ law schools in the USA. Top 14 schools carry a strong national reputation and degrees from these schools are generally considered transportable nationwide, meaning students will have strong job prospects in any major market in the country. That said, most Cornell Law students choose to work in New York City, where the school carries a terrific reputation.

Cornell Law usually ranks in one of the 10-14 spots according to rankings published by the US News and World Report. Typically, it is considered peer schools with the law schools at Duke, Northwestern, and Georgetown. Cornell Law currently stands alone at the #13 position just ahead of Georgetown (2014 rankings). As the result of its high rank and small class size, you can rightly expect that admissions at Cornell Law is a highly competitive process.

A very good LSAT is going to significantly help your chances of admittance to Cornell. To be a competitive applicant at Cornell Law, you would do well to have an LSAT score in the high 160 range and an undergraduate GPA in the 3.65+ range.

These LSAT and GPA numbers for Cornell University Law School (class entering 2012) can give you a better idea of what you might need to get a positive action from Cornell:

LSAT Score to get into Cornell University Law School

  • The 25th percentile LSAT Score at Cornell Law is 166 cornell-law
  • The Median LSAT score at Cornell Law is 167
  • The 75th percentile LSAT Score at Cornell Law is 169

GPA to get into Cornell University Law School

  • The 25th percentile undergrad GPA at Cornell Law is 3.54
  • The Median GPA at Cornell Law is 3.68
  • The 75th percentile undergrad GPA at Cornell Law is 3.77

Source: Cornell University Law School Class Profile (Entering in 2012)

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It is worth noting that the LSAT range for students at Cornell Law is historically a little lower than for the rest of the Top 14 schools. You can expect that Cornell Law is selecting its applicants based on more than just numbers alone. On their applying students page, Cornell Law states:

The Admission Committee looks at a number of factors when making admissions decisions. Certainly, academic potential as measured by the LSAT and GPA play an important role in the admissions process.

We use more than numbers to evaluate our candidates. We also consider extracurricular and community activities, life experience, work background, and recommendations.

We subscribe to Cornell’s long-standing tradition of affirmative action and members of traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to discuss their status where they think it relevant. (source)

As with other top law schools, you should get your applications in as early as possible to have the best chances of being admitted. Cornell Law typically starts accepting applications as soon as the application is made available to complete in August.

If you don’t believe your initial LSAT score was good enough for Cornell Law, consider the option of retaking that LSAT. Cornell is friendly to retakers, stating:

“In general, Cornell Law’s policy is to take the higher score if it is at least 3 points higher than a prior score, but the Admissions Committee invites applicants to submit an addendum to their application explaining the different LSAT scores and why we should take the higher score.” (Source)


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