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Average LSAT Scores by Major

Are some majors better prepared for the LSAT than others? While law schools don’t require students to have any particular major, Derek T. Muller, Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, set out to follow up on the answer. Muller requested data from LSAC for all 2013 applicants to law school. Applicants self-identified their major(s) from 142 majors, and Muller calculated the average GPAs and average LSAT scores by major.

Check out the chart below that compares LSAT and GPA for all majors with at least 150 students taking the LSAT. Muller found that Classics majors are the best law school applicants, numbers-wise; this small group of just 190 students earned both the highest average LSAT (159.8) and the highest average GPA (3.477).

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average GPAs and average LSAT scores by major

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Source: Derek T. Muller, Excess of Democracy: “The Best Prospective Law Students Read Homer”

Muller also identified a correlation between LSAT and GPA, though there were some exceptions. Math and science majors, for example, typically reported high LSAT scores but low GPAs. In contrast, students majoring in accounting, law, social work, and Spanish generally earned low LSAT scores but high GPAs.

Muller’s comprehensive chart gives a list of all majors with at least 150 students taking the LSAT, categorized by LSAT score. Note that some majors are much more popular than others on the list; philosophy majors (1773 test takers) dwarfed math majors (203). While Classics majors earned the top spot on the list of highest LSAT scores, students majoring in policy studies (158.8 LSAT), international relations (157.3), art history (157.1), and math (157.0) followed not far behind.

table of average LSAT scores by major - magoosh

table of average LSAT scores by major

Source: Derek T. Muller, Excess of Democracy: “The Best Prospective Law Students Read Homer”

What does this data mean? It could mean that some majors prepare their students for the content on the LSAT better than others. Or it could mean that students who select certain majors already have a set of academic strengths and weaknesses that affect performance on the LSAT. While there is generally a correlation between major and LSAT, take the data with a grain of salt – these data points are self-identified (leaving some room for error), and some of these students choose other career options outside of law and don’t matriculate in law school.

Do you know what the average LSAT score is across all test takers? Check out our post here!

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