Average LSAT Score

Instructor: Laura Melega
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores are used to assess applicants' critical-thinking skills and are often predictors of student success in a JD program. Law schools typically report the median LSAT scores of their admitted students, rather than the average. Keep reading to learn more about these scores, the format of the LSAT, and how to prepare for it.

Understanding Median LSAT Scores

The middle scoring range on the LSAT is approximately 150 points. However, students planning to apply to law school should check with individual schools' admission requirements; students admitted to most ABA-accredited law programs in 2014 scored well over 150.

The 30 schools with the highest median LSAT scores among accepted students are profiled below:

Median LSAT Scores in 2014School Name
173-170Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, New York University, Univ. of Chicago
169-168Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Duke, Northwestern, Univ. of Michigan
167-165Cornell, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Vanderbilt, UT-Austin, Georgetown, Washington Univ., University of Southern California, George Washington Univ., Emory
164-163Univ. of Washington, Univ. of Minnesota, UC-Irvine, William and Mary, Notre Dame, Univ. of Georgia, Fordham, Boston Univ., Univ. of Alabama

Source: American Bar Association

About the LSAT Exam

The LSAT evaluates your reading and verbal reasoning skills on a scaled score of 120-180 points. Your score is determined by your correct answers, and incorrect responses do not count against you.

The exam includes five multiple-choice sections and one writing section. Students have 35 minutes to complete each section:

  • Logical reasoning questions are argument-based inquiries and make up two of the five multiple-choice sections. Each section consists of approximately 24-26 questions.
  • The reading comprehension section requires students to read passages and answer approximately 26-28 questions.
  • There are around 24 questions in the analytical reasoning section, which is comprised of logic games.
  • The exam also includes an experimental section that is unscored. This part of the test includes one of the three question types listed above.
  • A 35-minute writing section is included at the end of testing. While the essay does not count toward a student's overall LSAT score, law schools will receive it as part of his or her application.

To achieve an acceptable LSAT score, studying is highly recommended. The LSAT Test Online Prep & Review course from Study.com includes more than 60 video lessons and practice quizzes that provide a comprehensive review of the skills tested by the LSAT. These lessons were written by experienced professors and can be accessed via a mobile-friendly platform that lets you learn at home, school, or work, whenever it's convenient for you.

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