UPDATED: 04/14/2017

To help you pick reach, target, and safety schools, here are the most recent LSAT and GPA medians available, representing numbers for the law school class of 2019. Seeing the numbers of the most recently admitted class gives you the most accurate idea of where you’ll stand in the admissions game.

Generally, if both your numbers are above the median, consider that school a safety. Both below makes it a reach.

For comparison, I’ve provided the numbers for the previous few years so that you can see whether it’s gotten slightly more competitive or less so at a school from year to year.

Some trends to notice: In most of the very top school’s numbers have either stayed roughly the same as last year or gotten marginally more competitive (slightly higher medians).This may be indicative of a trend whereby top scorers are returning to law school. At these schools, expect the LSAT medians to be about the same or jump by a maximum of one point for the Class of 2020.

Once you get outside the top 20, the trend reverses, and numbers tend to have fallen from last year. Given that the number of people taking the LSAT continues to fall, we expected decreasing medians for most law schools. Given the volume of students taking the LSAT this year, I’d expect to see these numbers stay the same.

Here are the numbers!

LSAT and GPA Medians – Class of 2019

LSAT Medians

Class of 2016 through 2019

RankSchool2019 LSAT2018 LSAT2017 LSAT2016 LSAT
1Yale University (CT)173173173173
2Stanford University (CA)171171172171
3Harvard University (MA)172173173173
4University of Chicago170170170170
5Columbia University (NY)172171172171
6New York University169169170170
7University of Pennsylvania169169169169
8University of Michigan168168168168
8University of Virginia169168169169
10Duke University (NC)169169169169
10Northwestern University (IL)168168168168
12University of California–Berkeley166166167167
13Cornell University (NY)167167167167
14U Texas-Austin167167167166
15Georgetown (DC)167167167168
17Vanderbilt U (TN)167166167167
18Washington U (MO)168167166166
19U Southern California165166166166
20University of Iowa161161160161
20U Notre Dame (IN)164164163163
22Emory U (GA)165165165165
23Boston University164163163165
23U Minnesota-Twin Cities164164164164
25Arizona State University161161162162
26U Alabama163163163164
26Boston College163162162164
28University of California–Irvine163162164164
28Washington & Lee U160160161164
30George Washington U165165165165
30Indiana U-Bloomington161161161162
30Ohio State University (Moritz)159159159160
30University of Georgia162162163163
30University of Washington163164164164
30University of Wisconsin–​Madison161161161161
36Fordham University163163163163
36University of Colorado162161161162
36Wake Forest University161161161162
39University of California–​Davis163163162162
39University of North Carolina161161161161
41William & Mary (VA)162163163164
41George Mason University (VA)162161161161
41University of Florida160157158160
44University of Illinois–​Urbana-​Champaign160161161160
44University of Utah (Quinney)158158158159
46Brigham Young University (Clark)162161162161
46Southern Methodist University161161161162
48University of Arizona (Rogers)161160161160
48University of Maryland (Carey)158157159159
48Florida State University159158159159
51Tulane University158159161160
51Baylor University159160159161
53Temple University (Beasley)160160160160
54University of California (Hastings)159159158159
54University of Houston159159159160
54University of Connecticut156156157158
57University of Richmond (Williams)161160160161
57University of Nebraska–​Lincoln156156156155
57University of Kentucky154155155157
57Seton Hall University156156156157
57University of Tennessee–​Knoxville158158158157
62Case Western Reserve University159159159159
62University of Nevada–​Las Vegas157158158158
62Rutgers Law (Combined)155155
65Georgia State University158158158159
65Loyola Marymount University (CA)159159159159
65University of Kansas156156158156
65University of Missouri158157157157
65Cardozo (Yeshiva)159159159160
65Northeastern University161161161161
65Penn. State Carlisle (Dickinson)159159158158
72University of Cincinnati155155155158
72University of Oklahoma157157157157
72Pepperdine University159159160160
72St. John’s University158158157156
76University of Denver (Sturm)157157156158
77University of Miami157157157157
77University of New Mexico153154153154
77University of San Diego158159159159
77Villanova University157156157157
77University of Arkansas–​Fayetteville154154154154
82Loyola University Chicago157158157158
82University of Pittsburgh156156157158
82Penn. State University Park158158
82University of Tulsa155154154155
86American University (Washington)156155156157
86University of Oregon157157157158
88St. Louis University154155155155
88University of South Carolina154154155155
88Brooklyn Law School156155156159
88Indiana University–​Indianapolis153152152154
92IIT – Chicago Kent156156157155
92Syracuse University154154155155
92University of Louisville (Brandeis)153154153158
92Texas A&M157156154152
96Louisiana State University154155155156
96West Virginia University153153154
96Michigan State University154154155157
100University of New Hampshire157157155157
100Lewis & Clark (OR)157158158158
100University of Hawaii (Richardson)152154156157
100Wayne State157157156157
100Florida International University156156156156
100Marquette University153152152155
106SUNY Buffalo Law School154154154154
106Catholic Univ. of America (Columbus)154153155
106Drake (IA)153151152153
109University of Mississippi155155155155
109University of Idaho152152151152
109Albany (NY)152151151152
112Drexel University (Mack)154155154155
112New York Law School152152151151
112University of Baltimore152152152152
112University of Missouri—Kansas City152152152152
112University of Wyoming153151153151
112Gonzaga (WA)153153153154
118Texas Tech153154154155
120Howard University150150151151
120Seattle U154154154156
120St. Thomas (MN)153154154155
120University of Montana154153154154
120Pace University151150151151
127Cleveland State153153153153
127Washburn University152152151153
127Duquesne (PA)152152152152
132Santa Clara University154155157157
134Vermont Law School150151152151
134Chapman University155156156158
134Arkansas – Little Rock151150150154
139University of Maine152152153155
140Hamline University152151153
140William Mitchell (MN)150152152153
140Suffolk University150150146149
142Willamette University151153151151
142Loyola University New Orleans148151153151
142South Dakota148147148147
142University of North Dakota149148150148
144Campbell University153152152152
144Oklahoma City147148148149
144University of the Pacific (McGeorge)152151151154
147Samford (Cumberland)152151151150
148Northern Illinois University148148150150
148Widener (Commonwealth PA)148148148148
151San Francisco151152153153
151Ohio Northern148149150150
151South Texas151150151151
151Southern Illinois Univ.–​Carbondale148149147150
151St. Mary’s University149151150151
151La Verne147147147147
151UMass Dartmouth148148147148
151Belmont University155154155155
151University of D.C.147148148149
151Western State College of Law147148149150
151Regent University152152152153
151Elon University148147148150
151Roger Williams148148148149
151Ave Maria147148143146
151Western New England148147146149
151Golden Gate149148149150
151Northern Kentucky148149150152
151Charleston School of Law145146148150
151Mississippi College146146147149
151Capital University148149148148
151Detroit Mercy151151152151
151Texas Southern145143145144
151Valparaiso University147145145143
151Inter-American – Puerto Rico137138138138
151Southern University143143144145
151Atlanta’s John Marshall148147148149
151New England150147150149
151Widener (DE)148149149150
151Barry University148146146147
151North Carolina Central144145144145
151California Western149150150151
151St. Thomas (FL)147147148147
151Arizona Summit143143144144
151Nova Southeastern149149148149
151Thomas Jefferson143144145146
151John Marshall (IL)148147149149
151Florida Coastal144144143144

GPA Medians

Class of 2016 through 2019

RankSchool2019 GPA2018 GPA2017 GPA2016 GPA
1Yale University (CT)3.893.933.913.9
2Stanford University (CA)3.873.893.93.87
3Harvard University (MA)3.863.863.873.88
4University of Chicago3.
5Columbia University (NY)
6New York University3.813.783.753.72
7University of Pennsylvania3.93.893.893.89
8University of Michigan3.783.763.743.71
8University of Virginia3.863.863.853.87
10Duke University (NC)3.763.763.773.77
10Northwestern University (IL)3.813.773.753.75
12University of California–Berkeley3.793.783.793.78
13Cornell University (NY)3.733.743.683.66
14U Texas-Austin3.73.733.683.68
15Georgetown (DC)3.773.763.753.74
17Vanderbilt U (TN)3.73.743.73.74
18Washington U (MO)3.673.673.623.69
19U Southern California3.763.763.763.7
20University of Iowa3.613.613.643.59
20U Notre Dame (IN)3.713.663.643.6
22Emory U (GA)3.783.773.753.75
23Boston University3.683.673.663.67
23U Minnesota-Twin Cities3.763.793.773.79
25Arizona State University3.643.633.613.54
26U Alabama3.823.763.773.86
26Boston College3.53.563.523.61
28University of California–Irvine3.543.563.533.52
28Washington & Lee U3.473.413.373.51
30George Washington U3.713.713.713.71
30Indiana U-Bloomington3.713.763.723.8
30Ohio State University (Moritz)3.613.613.63.65
30University of Georgia3.733.713.73.69
30University of Washington3.683.653.673.64
30University of Wisconsin–​Madison3.583.543.623.58
36Fordham University3.533.533.543.52
36University of Colorado3.693.63.623.58
36Wake Forest University3.583.63.583.57
39University of California–​Davis3.523.513.63.55
39University of North Carolina3.513.493.483.5
41William & Mary (VA)3.753.693.793.73
41George Mason University (VA)3.663.593.63.55
41University of Florida3.
44University of Illinois–​Urbana-​Champaign3.593.513.433.56
44University of Utah (Quinney)3.53.573.583.51
46Brigham Young University (Clark)3.83.773.773.77
46Southern Methodist University3.673.633.583.63
48University of Arizona (Rogers)3.573.513.573.57
48University of Maryland (Carey)3.473.463.53.53
48Florida State University3.523.523.433.51
51Tulane University3.463.423.413.39
51Baylor University3.553.533.543.55
53Temple University (Beasley)3.493.53.493.4
54University of California (Hastings)3.453.53.443.52
54University of Houston3.533.543.473.42
54University of Connecticut3.313.343.443.46
57University of Richmond (Williams)3.553.513.53.5
57University of Nebraska–​Lincoln3.693.653.673.61
57University of Kentucky3.493.423.493.49
57Seton Hall University3.43.423.483.52
57University of Tennessee–​Knoxville3.593.643.643.54
62Case Western Reserve University3.483.443.443.38
62University of Nevada–​Las Vegas3.523.323.413.45
62Rutgers Law (Combined)3.43.28
65Georgia State University3.413.43.43.38
65Loyola Marymount University (CA)3.523.513.473.47
65University of Kansas3.443.423.473.42
65University of Missouri3.483.413.463.45
65Cardozo (Yeshiva)3.443.423.473.45
65Northeastern University3.553.553.533.53
65Penn. State Carlisle (Dickinson)3.483.463.583.58
72University of Cincinnati3.473.593.453.5
72University of Oklahoma3.523.563.523.48
72Pepperdine University3.63.63.593.59
72St. John’s University3.543.543.453.39
76University of Denver (Sturm)3.393.433.43.43
77University of Miami3.363.363.423.38
77University of New Mexico3.473.473.433.42
77University of San Diego3.513.523.53.5
77Villanova University3.543.573.553.56
77University of Arkansas–​Fayetteville3.473.373.433.5
82Loyola University Chicago3.33.343.33.4
82University of Pittsburgh3.423.363.463.42
82Penn. State University Park3.473.58
82University of Tulsa3.43.313.453.43
86American University (Washington)3.413.293.373.4
86University of Oregon3.43.483.333.36
88St. Louis University3.43.443.463.41
88University of South Carolina3.473.33.233.27
88Brooklyn Law School3.313.363.313.4
88Indiana University–​Indianapolis3.413.343.323.45
92IIT – Chicago Kent3.393.363.433.31
92Syracuse University3.353.333.373.29
92University of Louisville (Brandeis)3.293.393.413.43
92Texas A&M3.413.383.213.14
96Louisiana State University3.383.483.233.43
96West Virginia University3.333.353.43
96Michigan State University3.513.463.543.52
100University of New Hampshire3.443.463.443.39
100Lewis & Clark (OR)3.343.323.343.46
100University of Hawaii (Richardson)
100Wayne State3.443.423.293.43
100Florida International University3.643.633.583.58
100Marquette University3.353.193.333.29
106SUNY Buffalo Law School3.423.443.433.48
106Catholic Univ. of America (Columbus)
106Drake (IA)3.333.273.253.23
109University of Mississippi3.453.413.473.46
109University of Idaho3.
109Albany (NY)3.343.233.223.37
112Drexel University (Mack)3.33.313.283.35
112New York Law School3.313.243.23.17
112University of Baltimore3.
112University of Missouri—Kansas City3.393.273.213.25
112University of Wyoming3.433.223.363.35
112Gonzaga (WA)
118Texas Tech3.283.393.453.47
120Howard University3.
120Seattle U3.353.243.293.37
120St. Thomas (MN)3.353.483.413.38
120University of Montana3.313.383.383.32
120Pace University3.
127Cleveland State3.
127Washburn University3.
127Duquesne (PA)3.383.453.443.42
132Santa Clara University3.
134Vermont Law School3.
134Chapman University3.243.333.413.27
134Arkansas – Little Rock3.313.253.24
139University of Maine3.243.373.383.36
140Hamline University3.253.273.32
140William Mitchell (MN)
140Suffolk University3.
142Willamette University3.
142Loyola University New Orleans3.
142South Dakota3.373.363.13.15
142University of North Dakota3.
144Campbell University3.313.243.173.26
144Oklahoma City3.
144University of the Pacific (McGeorge)
147Samford (Cumberland)3.313.233.23.25
148Northern Illinois University3.
148Widener (Commonwealth PA)
151San Francisco3.
151Ohio Northern3.
151South Texas3.
151Southern Illinois Univ.–​Carbondale2.912.963.093.1
151St. Mary’s University3.
151La Verne2.952.92.882.83
151UMass Dartmouth3.122.972.973.03
151Belmont University3.423.413.433.42
151University of D.C.2.992.982.993.07
151Western State College of Law3.
151Regent University3.363.293.233.37
151Elon University3.
151Roger Williams3.
151Ave Maria3.0833.063.15
151Western New England3.
151Golden Gate2.982.942.983.11
151Northern Kentucky3.
151Charleston School of Law3.012.892.993.17
151Mississippi College3.082.983.113.3
151Capital University3.
151Detroit Mercy3.
151Texas Southern3.
151Valparaiso University3.022.933.13
151Inter-American – Puerto Rico3.
151Southern University2.862.792.822.82
151Atlanta’s John Marshall3.053.042.912.98
151New England3.
151Widener (DE)
151Barry University32.962.992.89
151North Carolina Central3.313.243.243.17
151California Western3.
151St. Thomas (FL)
151Arizona Summit2.962.882.942.88
151Nova Southeastern3.
151Thomas Jefferson2.892.742.842.86
151John Marshall (IL)
151Florida Coastal2.872.882.932.97

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  1. I will be applying for law school having already obtained a masters degree. Will the admissions consider my undergraduate GPA only? Will having a high graduate GPA outweigh a low undergraduate GPA?

    • Rebecca, Ann, we are in the same boat. My UGPA is not strong. But with my masters I graduated Summa Cum Laude. I hear we are not awarded for our strong post graduate work. However each law school has the right to take as much as they like into consideration.

      This rule of keeping the doors of law school locked because of a low to moderate UGPA is simply ridiculous. Even God forgives bad decisions and behaviors!!!

      I wonder if most law schools with declining applications, and graduates, would reconsider accepting one with a good LSAT but not so good UGPA? Most have so much to prove, failure is not an option.

      Don’t know about you but I surely am not the little girl I was in college!!!

      Let me know if you two get accepted, I’ll do the same!

  2. To Josh and Evan,

    I have a 3.62 LSAC GPA and a recent Sept. LSAT score of 161. I am taking the test again in December (about 5 weeks from now). Assuming I get either the same score or anywhere from 1-2 points higher (i like to put harsher predictions on myself) what do you think my chances are are Boston College, Fordham, and Notre Dame?
    ***If this counts for anything, my applications will most likely be done and sent in by the first week of january.
    Thank for all your help!

  3. Just scored a 151 on October LSAT (it was a fun birthday surprise from my mom- what fun, right?) with no studying whatsoever.

    Just found out she signed me up for December LSAT as well.

    Missed only 2 on reading comp, missed an equal number spread across the rest of the test. What would you suggest to be the thing to study to get the biggest score boost within the next month?

  4. 3.7 GPA (with a few A+s, which I believe LSAC factors in) and I still have 2 more undergraduate semesters that will factor into my GPA in time for law school applications (so I’m hopeful that I can get it up to a 3.75). I will be taking the LSAT in February. Do I have a chance at NYU or Columbia with a good LSAT score, even though my GPA is a little below the median? If so, what score should I aim for?
    Also I’m sure this has been asked before, but law schools give no consideration whatsoever to your undergraduate major when looking at your GPA, correct? (As someone who has taken lots of math, this is somewhat frustrating..)

    • Turner Johnston on

      Schools care more about the LSAT than GPA. Also, equal GPAs from different schools carry different weight. They consider that. A GPA from Texas Tech is valued less that an equal GPA from Georgetown. You will need a very high LSAT score to get into those schools. Probably upper 160s-lower 170s. And yes, they do care about your major. A 3.75 in psychology is much easier than a 3.75 in engineering. They typically value stem degrees or business degrees (anything technical) more because they get saturated with History, PoliSci, English, etc.

      • They don’t actually. Turner, you’ve been giving awful advice. GPA’s are all roughly valued the same, since schools only care about the GPA median they report to US News.

    • Jeffery,

      Absolutely! A lifetime membership means just that: once you’re in, you’re in for life! We’ve got your back from the day you join & where here for you as long as you need us.

  5. 30 y/o going back to school after 5 years.
    3.2 GPA (brought up from a 0.7! in my freshman year) and a 151 LSAT (no studying)
    Hoping for Cumberland School of Law (at Samford U) since it’s the closest ABA school

    • Kitty I am returning to school after 15 years. My UGA is as yours. Have you applied and received notification from a law school?

      I wish you all the best!

  6. I have a question for you guys. I’m on the fence about retaking after getting a 166 for the second test in a row after averaging 173/174 on Preptests 36-72 ( they were proctored 5 section preptests with an analog watch and scantron). A part of me wants to retake, but at the same time, I’m kind of worried that I might be a choke artist when it comes to the real test. Is it worth a shot at a retake? Do I have a reasonable shot at Cornell, Georgetown, and UT with my LSAT 1 point below median and my GPA slightly above?

  7. Hey Evan and Josh,

    I am a junior at WashU and I just got my LSAT score back. I’ll have a 3.8 GPA and with this score, a 169 LSAT, when I apply to law school. I would like to go to a top ten law school. Is it worth it to retake the LSAT? I of course have a lot of time and my practice test average was higher than 169 (it was a 172 with the occasional 178’s).

  8. I am interested in attending the University of Tennessee’s law school as an in-state student. I am confident that I will get in, but I want your thoughts on the amount of scholarship money you think I will receive.

    My GPA is a 3.5 and I got a 161 on the LSAT.


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