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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 find the answer. Muller requested data from the Law School Admission Council (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 some of the most popular 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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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.

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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 (1,773 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.

Majorn>150LSAT ScoreGPA
Policy Studies209158.83.435
International Relations850157.33.382
Art History155157.1 3.453
International Studies507156.6 3.421
Government/Service408156.3 3.352
Economics2185156.2 3.307
Biology (Specialization)328155.83.217
Music256155.6 3.432
History2943155.4 3.339
Mechanical Engineering186 155.03.192
Anthropology358 154.73.365
Foreign Languages154 154.43.379
Literature226 153.63.284
English3287 153.23.307
Environmental Studies297 152.7 3.255
Political Science11441 152.33.274
Chemistry, General194 152.13.267
Interdisciplinary Studies510 151.93.235
Spanish297 151.93.394
Electrical Engineering191 151.83.196
Arts & Humanities1734 151.73.275
Finance1497 151.7 3.297
Journalism653 151.5 3.315
Business & Management- Other239 151.13.171
Psychology3056 150.63.226
International Business330 150.5 3.266
Biology (General)647 149.73.096
Communications1551 149.33.213
Social Sciences - Other465 148.43.168
Accounting1024 148.33.283
Criminology652 148.23.206
Liberal Arts1193148.1 3.113
Sociology1404 148.03.165
Marketing880 147.93.140
Law333 147.63.256
Pre-law728 147.13.172
Business Management1204 146.73.142
Business Administration1443 146.6 3.098
Business Mgmt/Admin395 145.8 3.052
Any area not listed - other3595145.0 3.122
Social Work208143.43.257
Criminal Justice3102

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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