What is a Good LSAT Score?

Instructor: Jesse Card
Presenting a competitive law school application requires a competitive LSAT score. Here we discuss what range of scores will increase considerably your chances to get into your law school of choice.

Good LSAT Scores

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Center indicates that the average prospective law student scores 150 on the LSAT, but that students should see 160 as a minimum to be competitive. These data are corroborated by analyses of the median and 75th percentile scores of new students at the top- and bottom-ranked law schools according to the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Law Schools report.

Top 5 Law School Scores

The median and 75th percentile scores for the top five schools as of their respective 2014 Standard 509 Information Reports are as follows:

University Median Score 75th Percentile
Yale University School of Law 173 176
Harvard Law School 173 175
Stanford Law School 172 174
Columbia Law School 172 174
University of Chicago School of Law 170 172
Average 172 174

Bottom 5 Law School Scores

The 2014 median and 75th percentile scores of the bottom five schools (excluding unrated schools) are as follows:

University Median Score 75th Percentile
Oklahoma City University School of Law 148 152
Samford University Cumberland School of Law 151 154
Southern Illinois University School of Law 147 151
South Texas College of Law 151 153
Texas A&M University School of Law 154 156
Average 150 153

About the LSAT Score

The score you get on the LSAT will be on a scale that goes from 120 to 180, with 180 being the best. This scaled score is calculated only from how many questions that you get right; there aren't any deductions made when you get questions wrong. While the LSAT score is certainly important, it's among various factors that play a role in admissions decisions.

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