What LSAT Score Do You Need For Harvard Law?
Although there is no “cutoff” LSAT score that you need to get into Harvard Law School, Harvard only offers admission to a small percentage of its applicants. Therefore, to gain admission to Harvard Law School, you will likely need an LSAT score in the 170+ range. An LSAT score in the 170s tied with a GPA over 3.75 will make you a competitive applicant.
The Harvard Law School Class of 2023
25th%ile LSAT score of 170, median LSAT score of 173, 75th%ile LSAT score of 175. 25th%ile GPA was 3.78, median GPA was 3.88, 75th%ile GPA was 3.95. [source]
If you have LSAT and GPA numbers in this range, Harvard Law School might be an option for you.
Of course, the higher both of those numbers are, the better. If you have a GPA of 3.95+ and an LSAT score of 175+, then you should be confident of a high chance of getting into Harvard. However, because Harvard is so competitive, even applicants with these outstanding numbers would be well advised to apply to at least 5-10 law schools in addition to Harvard.
How Does Harvard Handle Multiple LSAT Scores?
Harvard considers all LSAT scores when reviewing your applications.
We consider any information an applicant provides about their scores. If you feel that one or more of your scores is not representative of your capabilities, you may address your concerns in an addendum attached to your application.
Let’s take a closer look at what LSAT score and GPA combination might get you into Harvard:
Harvard Law had this to say to potential applicants: “Admission decisions are based on the Admission Committee’s experienced judgment applied to individual cases, and many factors are taken into account. Each application is given a thorough review, taking account of all available information. Because GPA and LSAT scores alone do not fully or adequately summarize information about individuals important to admission decisions, these “numbers” often prove poor predictors of admission decisions on individual applications. At no point on the GPA or LSAT scales are the chances of admission to Harvard Law School 0 or 100 percent. Current 75/25 percentiles for both GPA and LSAT scores can be found on the first-year class profile.”
That said, numbers are still the best way to predict success, even at Harvard. Here, as elsewhere, having an LSAT at the 75th percentile is the best way to be reasonably sure of admission, provided your GPA is high enough. Looking at data from the last cycle on Law School Numbers, it seems that applicants with a 176+ were consistently getting in even with GPAs as low as 3.65.
Is Harvard Law School Harder to Get Into This Year?
Harvard managed to spectacularly stable LSAT/GPA numbers throughout the dip in law school applicants over the past decade. I expect that we are very likely to see a small bump for those applying in 2021/2022, given the increase in application volume. I expect LSAT scores for the class of 2024 to increase, at least back to 2013/2014 levels. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see a 174 median.
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Getting into Harvard with a Low LSAT Score
If you hope to have a good result when applying to Harvard Law with an LSAT score around the 25th percentile of 170, it certainly helps to have a high GPA of 3.9 or better to make up for the low LSAT score. With an acceptance rate of only 13%, Harvard is incredibly selective, so anything you can do to stand out from the crowd and improve your odds will help.
If all this seems daunting, remember that Harvard is one of the country’s most selective and prestigious law schools. The Harvard name commands universal respect and probably exceeds Yale Law School in its reputation among laypeople, so it is no surprise that they cull from the strongest applicants to law schools in a given year.
However, Harvard is serious when they say they look beyond the numbers. Many schools essentially auto-accept almost all applications with LSAT & GPA numbers at or above a certain range.
This tends to make Harvard’s admissions decisions a little more difficult to predict because they’ll look to factors beyond the numbers to choose between the over-abundance of well-qualified applicants. This makes Harvard what is called in the admissions game a Black Box. The likelihood of admission to a black box school so hard to predict is that it’s difficult to say exactly what a school is looking for when making decisions based on ‘soft factors.’ Suffice to say, impressive work experience and other unique, standout credentials will certainly be helpful when applying to schools at this level.
If your heart is set on going to Harvard law, be sure to check out the following recommended reading to help you max out your chances of a favorable decision.
If you want to get into Harvard Law, make sure that you maximize your LSAT score by studying with the right LSAT prep books. Although I ultimately decided to attend UChicago, my 177 LSAT score was enough to gain admission to Harvard. I improved my LSAT score by over 20 points, so keep studying.
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