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LSAT Scores for the Top 100 Law Schools: Good LSAT Scores, Bad LSAT Scores & Acceptable LSAT Scores

You probably landed here because you want to earn admission into an excellent law school. You have a good undergraduate GPA, strong recommendation letters, and internship experience galore. You know that good LSAT scores are an integral part of the law school application. But have you seen recent stats on the LSAT scores for the top 100 law schools in the U.S.? Do you know the average LSAT score and LSAT score percentiles for your target schools? Do you understand exactly how your LSAT score fits into the admissions equation?

lsat scores for top law schools

If not, then you came to the right place. I looked at the average LSAT scores, average undergraduate GPAs, and admissions rates of the top 100 law schools in the United States to help you determine how your LSAT score stacks up against the competition. In this post, I will answer the questions:

*Note: These sections include responsive data visualization. All the charts, tables, and graphs in this post are mobile responsive, but they are clearer (and more fun to use) in the desktop version of the post.

But before we get to the good stuff (get ready for all the charts and infographics you can handle), we should all get on the same page.

LSAT Scoring Basics

LSAT scoring is a complex process with lots of detail and many moving parts. Before we dive in, here’s the oversimplified gist:

The LSAT exam has approximately 94-106 questions, with each correct answer counting for one point of your raw score. Raw scores are equated such that the LSAT is graded on a scale from 120-180. The average LSAT score is about 150. To get into a top 10 law school, you need to score above 162, and to get into a top 50 law school, you need 154 or above.

How important are LSAT scores?

LSAT scores

Let’s discuss.

The two most important pieces of your law school application are your undergrad GPA and LSAT score. There is some debate as to which of these two factors is more important. This debate is based on differences in law school admissions departments. Each department will naturally place a different emphasis on the various law school application requirements (undergraduate GPA, “soft factors,” and LSAT scores), prioritizing them based on their own formula.


If you look at the most up-to-date law school rankings, you’ll notice that a program’s rank tends to correlate more with admitted students’ LSAT scores than with their undergraduate GPAs. The top programs require a top LSAT score. And an excellent LSAT score can help compensate for a less-than-stellar GPA.

Some law school admissions departments openly claim that LSAT scores make up 70% of a student’s admissions chances, with the other 30% attributed to GPA. You read that right—the morning that you spent taking the LSAT might be more important than the four years you spent studying in college.

So, I feel pretty confident when I say—your LSAT score is the most important piece of your law school application.

Why are LSAT scores so important?

The logic is fairly straightforward. The LSAT was designed to determine how likely you are to succeed in law school. LSAT scores provide the best apples to apples measure of how law school applicants stack up against one another. While levels of grade inflation and academic rigor vary from one undergraduate university to another, the LSAT was built to be a consistent measure of ability for all test takers. Good LSAT scores are important because the LSAT provides law schools with the best means of measuring how prospective students stack up.

The takeaway here is twofold. First and foremost, studying for the LSAT is worth a significant investment of time and effort. Increasing your score will drastically improve your admissions chances. Second, be sure to research the law schools you plan to apply to. Some programs actually publish the calculation that they use to determine whether or not they will advance a candidate. Knowing this information will help you figure out the likelihood that you’ll be accepted, given the strength of your undergrad GPA and LSAT scores.

So now you’re convinced that LSAT scores are really important. Time for a crash-course (or maybe a refresher) on how LSAT scores work.

LSAT Score Range & Average LSAT Score

At the most basic level, the LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180 points. That’s a pretty narrow LSAT score range, but it reflects a wide diversity of abilities. The average LSAT score is approximately 150, but you’re going to have to do well above average to get into a top law school.

LSAT score range 120 to 180

Lowest Possible LSAT Score:

    • 120

Perfect LSAT Score:

    • 180

Average LSAT Score:

    Approximately 150

Your raw LSAT score is based on the number of questions that you get right. All LSAT questions are weighted equally, and you don’t lose points if you answer a question incorrectly. Your raw score is then scaled through a procedure known as “equating,” which adjusts for minor variations in difficulty from one LSAT exam to another.

Each possible scaled LSAT score corresponds with a percentile rank that shows the percentage of test-takers who scored lower than that score. When you receive your LSAT Score Report, you will see two numbers: your scaled LSAT score (120–180) and your LSAT percentile. Your percentile will tell you how you performed compared to other LSAT takers. So, if you scored in the 75th percentile, you scored as well or better than 75% of people who took that test.

Scaled scores and percentile ranks change from one test to another, but you can always refer to historical data for reference. This is especially useful when you are taking LSAT practice tests every weekend leading up to your exam.

Good LSAT Scores

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Alright, so now you know that getting a good LSAT score is an important part (probably the most important part) of your law school application. You know you’re going to score somewhere in between 120 and 180. But if you want to increase your odds of getting into a great law school, you’re going to need to get a really good score.

Which brings us to an important question…

What’s a good LSAT score?

The answer is that a “good LSAT score” very much depends on your goals. It depends on the programs you are applying to and on the other aspects of your application. In general terms, a good LSAT score is one that makes you a competitive candidate for your “dream” law program.

Do you not have a “dream law school”? That’s okay. This isn’t college admissions, and many law school applicants don’t have their hearts set on one specific program. If your “dream school” is the highest-ranked law program you can get into, then preparing for a great LSAT score is your number one priority.

Is your LSAT score good enough?

Since you’re reading this post, I’m going to guess that you fall into one of two categories.

    1) You’ve already taken the LSAT and are now trying to determine which law schools you can get into with your score. You would consider retaking the LSAT if your score isn’t good enough for the caliber of law school that you’re hoping to attend.
    2) You haven’t taken the LSAT yet and are trying to figure out what score you need to get into a top program. You’ve probably taken a practice test and are doing your research to set an LSAT score goal.

In either case, the first step in figuring out whether or not your LSAT score is good enough is to research the LSAT scores and score percentiles of each law school’s newly admitted class.

(When we discussed LSAT score percentiles earlier in this post, I was speaking in the context of LSAT Score Reports. The LSAT score percentile that you’ll see on your score report tells you how your score compares to that of other students who took that test. This is slightly different.)

LSAT Score Percentiles for Law Schools

Each law school’s LSAT score percentile numbers tell you how your score compares to the scores of recently enrolled students. There are three percentile numbers that you’ll want to look at when researching law schools: the 25th percentile, the 50th percentile, and the 75th percentile.

LSAT score percentiles

The 25th Percentile

If your score falls into a school’s 25th percentile range, that means that your LSAT score was better than that of 25% of recently admitted students. Put differently, it means that 75% of recently admitted students scored higher on the LSAT than you did.

If your LSAT score falls into a law school’s bottom 25th percentile, then this is not a good LSAT score for this program. Unless the rest of your application is beyond stellar—to the point that you’d basically get in no matter what—then you’re fine. But, if that’s the case, then you’re probably not reading this post right now.

Should you give up on your dream of attending this law school? No! There’s nothing wrong with applying to a reach school or two (in fact, we encourage it). Remember that a full 25% of recently admitted students scored as well or worse than you. You always have a chance.

Moral of the story: This is a reach school.

The 50th Percentile: Average LSAT Score

I know that you’ve probably taken statistics classes and are wondering why I keep repeating how a bell curve works. But, here it is again. If your score is within a school’s 50th LSAT percentile, then you scored higher than 50% of recently enrolled students. You also scored lower than 50% of recently enrolled students. Your score is average for this school.

If you score within a school’s 50th percentile, then your LSAT score is pretty good. There’s a realistic chance that you’ll be accepted into this program. At the very least, you will have passed a minimum threshold that leads to your application going into a “maybe” pile for further consideration.

This also means that the other aspects of your application—the “soft factors” like your recommendation letters, personal statement, and work experience—are now very important. If this is the case, and you don’t plan to take the LSAT again, spend your time and energy making your application the absolute best it can be.

Moral of the story: This is a target school. You should feel comfortable applying to several schools in this category.

The 75th Percentile

If your LSAT score is in the 75th percentile for a given law school, then it’s a good LSAT score— no question about it. A 75th percentile score means that you performed as well or better than 75% of the school’s newly admitted class, and your chances of admission are very high.

In fact, if your score falls within the 75th LSAT percentile of your dream school, then you should consider applying to some higher ranked schools. There’s nothing wrong with having a reach school or two.

I should add that the rest of your application does still matter, even when your LSAT score is extremely competitive. A low GPA or weak application can still derail your admissions chances. But if you produce a strong application, then you should be in good shape!

Moral of the story: This is a safety school. (Probably. If we’re talking a top ten school, then this is still a target school. There are no guarantees in the world of top tier law school admissions.)

150 LSAT…160 LSAT…170 LSAT: What LSAT score do you really need?

Now let’s break it down a little more, and talk about some specific LSAT scores:

Is 150 a good LSAT Score?

When is a 150 “good”?

According to, there are over 50 law schools in the United States with LSAT scores of 150 or lower within their median range (though, I’ll warn you that you’ll find very few of them in the table of Top 100 Law Schools, below). In other words, a score of 150 on the LSAT is good enough to get into law school, despite what anyone says to the contrary…just not a top law school. (And that’s okay!)

So does that mean 150 is a good LSAT score? It does if your only goal is to get into any law school, and for many people, that’s exactly their goal. In this sense, you can think of a 150 as a good score for the passionate applicant. These are people who feel driven to practice law because they understand the job, love what it entails, and are prepared to work hard regardless of compensation or recognition. If that describes you, and if you’re struggling to score above a 150, relax a little. You might not be accepted at your first choice institution, but if you do your research, round out your application, and apply to schools within reach, you should receive some good news.

When is a 150 not “good”?

If you’re applying to law school primarily because you are searching for financial and professional stability, a 150 is probably not a promising score. A score of 150 most likely means that you’ll be attending a lower tier school, and thus will have more limited access to lucrative positions at big firms.

I hate to be this blunt, but the reality is that the legal job market is highly competitive and law school is very expensive. When you read about law students graduating and making $160,000 their first year out, that is referring to a small portion of the population, concentrated heavily within the top 10 or 20 law schools in the nation. Salaries fall precipitously for those who are not working for big firms (see our comparison of LSAT scores and starting salaries, below, to see what I mean), and many law school graduates find themselves making $50,000 or less after school. If you’re not passionate about being a lawyer, you can make that kind of money in almost any industry. You just need a few years of experience, which isn’t so bad compared to three years of law school and $150,000 in student loans.

With this is mind, having an LSAT score in the 150s might mean you should consider retaking the LSAT.

Is 160 a good lsat score?

When is a 160 “good”?

Most people consider anything above a 160 to be a good LSAT score on your LSAT test date. In this context, “good” really only means a score that sounds respectable and that most law schools will look upon favorably. Compare this to scoring above 1800 on the SAT (or above 1200, depending on when you took the SAT) or above 25 on the ACT.

Of the 205 ABA-approved law schools in the United States, only about 40 of them have median LSAT scores above 160. That means that a score of 160 would put you above the median at 80% of the law schools in the country.

Is a 160 high enough to get you admitted to Harvard Law School? Certainly not on its own. But will a 160 prevent you from being admitted to Harvard? Quite likely, but not necessarily. An outstanding GPA, impressive work experience, exceptional letters of recommendation, a personal statement that explains why your scores don’t accurately reflect your ability, and any kind of achievement that makes you stand out from the crowd may be enough to overcome the LSAT score deficit, although you’d be one of a very few to do so.

In short, to the vast majority of test-takers and law schools in the US, a 160 is without doubt a good LSAT score. But…

When is a 160 not “good”?

…to those of you who are aiming for top 20 schools, you’ll need to set your sights a bit higher than 160. As you can see from the tables below, basically all of the top 20 law schools in the US have median LSAT score ranges of 162 or higher. As a reminder, that’s just the median score range, so your chances aren’t ruined if you don’t hit that mark. However, you’ll have a competitive edge if you can get your score up above the school’s median.

Furthermore, a 160 might not be desirable for students seeking scholarships. Generally, scholarships are going to be offered to the most competitive candidates who meet all the qualifications. That means the money typically goes to applicants who exceed the school’s median and mean statistics. Therefore, even if you’re applying to a school where a 160 is a competitive score, it might not be enough to win you a lucrative scholarship package.

For something like that, you’ll need to set your sights on the big prize:

scores above 170 are very good lsat scores

When is a 170 “good”?

Pretty much always. A 170 or higher means you’re scoring in the top 2-3% of test-takers, and almost no one is going to complain about that. Admissions officers certainly won’t. There are only 6 law schools in the US (Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, New York) that currently claim to have median range LSAT scores above 170, and the last one on that list is only at 171. In other words, nearly half of the students at the very best legal institutions in the country are still scoring at or below 170.

So will a 170 guarantee you a spot at Yale? Nope. Will a 175? Probably not. Will a 180? Unlikely. LSAT scores are an important part of your application (arguably the most important part), but they are still only one part. A weak GPA, lack of work experience, or unimpressive letters of recommendation can derail any application, even if it’s accompanied by perfect LSAT scores.

Think of it this way: over 100,000 people take the LSAT each year. The top 2-3% equals about 3,000 students. The top 10 law schools, collectively, have fewer than 3,000 seats available. Therefore, there isn’t even space for all the people who score above 170 to attend a top ten school.

Now to be fair, if you score a 170 or higher, you’re probably going to be accepted to a great school regardless of the rest of your application. The politics of law school rankings aside, this is because a score like that is evidence of your potential to excel. By achieving such a score, you have demonstrated that you are able to read and reason at an exceptionally high level, and that will appeal to many schools that are willing to overlook other weaknesses in the hopes that they are finding a diamond in the rough.

So when is a 170 not “good”?

If you’ve ever visited an online law school forum, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that some people are not impressed with a 170. Granted, law school forum users tend to be an exceptionally intense subset of an already selective group of the population (people taking the LSAT), but they do have some valid reasons for fretting over the difference between a 170 and a 175.

Remember, there aren’t enough seats in the top 10 law schools for all the folks who score over a 170. If you’re one of those people, you want to do everything in your power to make sure you’re not one of the applicants who gets bumped. So, you try to edge out the competition with an extra point of two.

By the time you’re studying for the LSAT, chances are it’s too late to change your GPA or get a new job that meaningfully boosts your resume. However, it’s reasonable to try and improve your LSAT score, no matter how high it is. So, someone who starts out at 170, spends 6 months studying, and ends up at 171 may not feel the sense of satisfaction felt by someone who climbs from a 163 to a 170.

LSAT Scores For The Top 100 Law Schools

Alright, that’s enough background on the workings of LSAT scores. Time to get technical and figure out what score you’ll need depending on your law school aspirations. Let’s start at the top.

So, you want to go to a top 10 school. What LSAT score do you need to get in?

Do you envision yourself graduating from an ultra-prestigious law school like Yale, Harvard (What, like it’s hard?), or Stanford? It’s a beautiful dream, and one that you shouldn’t discount. If your undergrad GPA is 3.8 or above, and the soft factors of your application are strong, then a great LSAT score could put you in contention.

And by a great LSAT score, I mean near-perfect.

The 75th percentile LSAT score for a top 10 school ranges from 169 (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor) to 176 (Yale). The 25th percentile LSAT score ranges from 163 to 171. These are the top-ranked schools for a reason—they are tough to get into. Only 9.5% of applicants earn the right to join Yale Law School each year. So, congratulations to Yalies Hillary and Bill Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Gerald Ford…you really raised the bar for prospective students!

The table below shows 2018’s ten highest-ranked law schools according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Schools report.

lsat scores for top 10 law schools

Law School RankLaw School NameLSAT Score 25th-75th Percentile RangeAcceptance Rate
1Yale University171-1759.5%
2 Stanford University168-17310.7%
3Harvard University170-17516.6%
4University of Chicago166-17220.7%
5Columbia University168-17420.3%
6New York University166-17129.8%
7University of Pennsylvania163-17017%
8 (tie)University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor164-16923.7%
8 (tie)University of Virginia164-17019.9%
10 (tie)Duke University167-17020.2%
10 (tie)Northwestern University (Pritzker) 163-17017.8%

Ok, maybe not top 10. What LSAT score do you need for a top 50 law school?

Did you look at that chart of reach schools above and think to yourself, “on second thought, a top 50 law school would be a great fit for me”? Well, that’s understandable. Even if you’re aiming for a top ten school, it doesn’t hurt to apply to some target and safety schools, as well.

Here is where the LSAT score ranges become really diverse. Say you really want to go to eleventh-best law school, Duke University. With only a 20.2% acceptance rate, this is an incredibly competitive school. The 75th percentile LSAT score is a mighty 170, which is on par with top ten schools University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia. On the other hand, a 159 would put you in the 75th percentile at 48th-ranked University of Maryland (Carey).

Go ahead and filter the table below by your LSAT score. A 160+ LSAT score will provide you with quite a few options. You can also search by law school to see stats on your top prospects.

lsat scores for top 50 law schools

Law School RankLaw School NameLSAT Score 25th-75th Percentile RangeAcceptance Rate
12University of California -- Berkeley163-16923%
13Cornell University163-16824.1%
14University of Texas -- Austin162-16827.1%
15 (tie)Georgetown University162-16826.4%
15 (tie)University of California -- Los Angeles163-16828%
17Vanderbilt University162-16832.3%
18Washington University in St. Louis160-16931.9%
19University of Southern California (Gould)162-16630%
20 (tie)University of Iowa157-16345.7%
20 (tie)University of Notre Dame158-16530.3%
22Emory University157-16636.9%
23 (tie)Boston University161-16529.4%
23 (tie)University of Minnesota159-16644.5%
25Arizona State University (O'Connor)158-16341.9%
26 (tie)Boston College161-16337.1%
26 (tie)University of Alabama157-16531.5%
28 (tie)University of California -- Irvine160-16527.2%
28 (tie)Washington and Lee University155-16146.9%
30 (tie)George Washington University158-16638.9%
30 (tie)Indiana University -- Bloomington (Maurer)153-16341.6%
30 (tie)Ohio State University (Moritz)156-16149%
30 (tie)University of Georgia158-16329.5%
30 (tie)University of Washington157-16526.9%
30 (tie)University of Wisconsin -- Madison156-16345.7%
36 (tie)Fordham University159-16537.4%
36 (tie)University of Colorado -- Boulder156-16434.3%
36 (tie)Wake Forest University156-15245.4%
39 (tie)University of California -- Davis158-16432.8%
39 (tie)University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill158-16344.1%
41 (tie)College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)157-16440.6%
41 (tie)George Mason University158-16426.4%
41 (tie)University of Florida (Levin)156-16135.6%
44 (tie)University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign154-16245.7%
44 (tie)University of Utah (Quinney)158-16149.3%
46 (tie)Brigham Young University (Clark)157-16443.8%
46 (tie)Southern Methodist University (Dedman)155-16344.7%
48 (tie)Florida State University157-16034.3%
48 (tie)University of Arizona (Rogers)155-16334.5%
48 (tie)University of Maryland (Carey) 154-15952.4%
Rankings data according to US News & World Report's 2018 Law School Rankings. Data represents the most recently admitted class.

Just to be safe, let’s say you want to go to a top 100 law school. What LSAT score will you need?

If you’re scoring in the 155 range on the LSAT, or you are looking for a local safety school to apply to, then take a look at the U.S. law schools that are ranked 51–100. There are a lot of great, and often overlooked, options on this list.

lsat scores for top 100 law schools

Law School RankLaw School NameLSAT Score 25th-75th Percentile RangeAcceptance Rate
51 (tie)Baylor University155-16133.3%
51 (tie)Tulane University155-16056.5%
53Temple University (Beasley)156-16241.5%
54 (tie)University of California (Hastings)156-16147.4%
54 (tie)University of Connecticut154-15847.1%
57 (tie)Seton Hall University153-15952.1%
57 (tie)University of Kentucky151-15765.8%
57 (tie)University of Nebraska -- Lincoln154-15956.8%
57 (tie)University of Richmond154-16331%
57 (tie)University of Tennessee -- Knoxville154-16036.5%
62 (tie)Case Western Reserve University155-16143%
62 (tie)Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey152-15751.5%
62 (tie)University of Nevada -- Las Vegas153-15934.4%
65 (tie)Georgia State University155-16027.3%
65 (tie)Loyola Marymount University156-16173.8%
65 (tie)Northeastern University154-16374.3%
65 (tie)Pennsylvania State University -- Carlisle156-16035.9%
65 (tie)University of Kansas151-15956.8%
65 (tie)University of Missouri153-16055%
65 (tie)Yeshiva University (Cardozo)155-16176.8%
72 (tie)Pepperdine University154-16246.7%
72 (tie)St. John's University152-16042.5%
72 (tie)University of Cincinnati153-15853.1%
72 (tie)University of Oklahoma154-15949.6%
76 University of Denver (Strum)154-15853.1%
77 (tie)University of Arkansas -- Fayetteville151-15754.3%
77 (tie)University of Miami155-16058.2%
77 (tie)University of New Mexico150-15743.2%
77 (tie)University of San Diego154-16039.7%
77 (tie)Villaova University153-15942.6%
82 (tie)Loyola University Chicago154-16059.9%
82 (tie)Pennsylvania State University -- University Park156-15939.8%
82 (tie)University of Pittsburgh152-15936.2%
82 (tie)University of Tulsa151-15739.5%
86 (tie)American University (Washington)152-15953.4%
86 (tie)University of Oregon154-15963.7%
88 (tie)Brooklyn Law School154-15949.3%
88 (tie)Indiana University -- Indianapolis149-15657.6%
88 (tie)St. Louis University151-15863.8%
88 (tie)University of South Carolina151-15757.7%
92 (tie)Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent)151-15864%
92 (tie)Syracuse University152-15750.7%
92 (tie)Texas A&M University155-15823.9%
92 (tie)University of Louisville (Brandeis)150-15568.2%
96 (tie)Louisiana State University -- Baton Rouge152-15860.4%
96 (tie)Michigan State University150-15644.7%
96 (tie)Stetson University152-15651%
96 (tie)West Virginia University151-15659.7%
100 (tie)Florida International University151-15728.7%
100 (tie)Lewis & Clark College154-16158.9%
100 (tie)Marquette University149-15666.1%
100 (tie)University of Hawaii -- Manoa150-15643.7%
100 (tie)University of New Hampshire School of Law154-16951.9%
100 (tie)Wayne State University152-15954%

What are your chances of getting in?

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Ready for a little data visualization? Each responsive dot in the chart below represents one of the top 100 law schools in the United States. Hover over a dot to learn more about that program’s application requirements.

LSAT Scores and Future Salary

Now that you know how challenging it is to go to a top ten or top fifty law school, you’re probably wondering how your LSAT score (and the law school it enables you to attend) will affect your future career. Does a JD from a prestigious law school guarantee you better job prospects and a higher salary?

Let’s put it this way: if you needed even more of a reason to believe that your LSAT score is a valuable indicator of future success, then I think we found it.

To answer this question using real world numbers, I pulled average LSAT score data and salary data from U.S. News & World Report and graduate employment from Law School Transparency. I opted for Law School Transparency’s employment data because LST actually specifies what percentage of last year’s graduates are employed in long-term, full time legal work. (U.S. News & World Report only indicates the percentage of students who have any kind of employment at all within 10 months of graduation.)

What I found shows that the correlation between a high LSAT score and high starting salary is impressive, especially if you’re looking at the highest ranking law schools.

According to the data in the table below, graduating from a top ten law school will basically guarantee you a job within ten months of graduation, and a starting salary of $160,000 per year. Aside from some outliers, a higher LSAT score and a top-ranked school corresponds with a higher salary upon graduation.

(Hint: If your LSAT score is 159 or above, you might consider applying to 36th-ranked Fordham University. For some reason, their average starting salaries for private sector practice are staggeringly high—to the tune of $160,000 per year.)


RankLaw School NameLSAT Score 25th-75th Percentile RangeGraduates Employed in Long-Term, Full-Time Legal JobsMedian Starting Salary (private sector & public sector)
1Yale University171-17578.3%Private: $160,000
Public: $62,476
2 Stanford University168-17389.6%Private: $160,000
Public: $63,691
3Harvard University170-17588%Private: $160,000
Public: $60,000
4 University of Chicago166-17293.5%Private: $160,000
Public: $58,500
5Columbia University168-17491.5%Private: $160,000
Public: $55,000
6New York University166-17188.7%Private: $160,000
Public: $55,000
7University of Pennsylvania163-17089.1%Private: $160,000
Public: $58,281
8 (tie)University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor164-16991.1%Private: $160,000
Public: $59,246
8 (tie)University of Virginia164-17088.8%Private: $160,000
Public: $58,531
10 (tie)Duke University167-17092.4%Private: $160,000
Public: $56,422
10 (tie)Northwestern University (Pritzker)163-17081.5%Private: $160,000
Public: $58,500
12University of California -- Berkeley163-16984.2%Private: $160,000
Public: $63,790
13Cornell University163-16890.2%Private: $160,000
Public: $56,766
14University of Texas -- Austin162-16879.8%Private: $160,000
Public: $52,632
15 (tie)Georgetown University162-16874.4%Private: $160,000
Public: $53,820
15 (tie)University of California -- Los Angeles163-16875.6%Private: $160,000
Public: $44,000
17Vanderbilt University162-16886.3%Private: $155,000
Public: $54,500
18Washington University in St. Louis160-16980.1%Private: $112,500
Public: $60,000
19University of Southern California (Gould)162-16670%Private: $140,000
Public: $40,000
20 (tie)University of Iowa157-15371%Private: $80,000
Public: $55,000
20 (tie)University of Notre Dame158-16576.2%Private: $120,000
Public: $55,098
22Emory University157-16670.1%Private: $120,000
Public: $59,134
23 (tie)Boston University161-16571%Private: $160,000
Public: $49,000
23 (tie)University of Minnesota159-16674.4%Private: $115,500
Public: $49,500
25Arizona State University (O'Connor)158-16368.9%Private: $87,000
Public: $55,000
26 (tie)Boston College161-16380.6%Private: $160,000
Public: $47,750
26 (tie)University of Alabama157-16575.9%Private: $61,500
Public: $45,000
28 (tie)University of California -- Irvine160-16571.2%Private: $112,500
Public: $58,562
28 (tie)Washington and Lee -- University155-16176.8%Private: $80,000
Public: $54,000
30 (tie)George Washington University158-16667.2%Private: $160,000
Public: $60,000
30 (tie)Indiana University -- Bloomington153-16369.6%Private: $85,000
Public: $54,100
30 (tie)Ohio State University (Moritz)156-16176.5%Private: $75,000
Public: $50,000
30 (tie)University of Georgia158-16378.3%Private: $120,000
Public: $52,000
30 (tie)University of Washington157-16567.3%Private: $92,800
Public: $53,928
30 (tie)University of Wisconsin -- Madison156-16371.2%Private: $75,000
Public: $49,429
36 (tie)Fordham University159-16574.5%Private: $160,000
Public: $60,000
36 (tie)University of Colorado -- Boulder156-16467.9%Private: $76,500
Public: $52,332
36 (tie)Wake Forest University156-16273.4%Private: $70,000
Public: $52,000
39 (tie)University of California -- Davis158-16463%Private: $95,000
Public: $47,500
39 (tie)University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill158-16366.8%Private: $115,000
Public: $50,650
41 (tie)College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)157-16472%Private: $97,500
Public: $53,800
41 (tie)George Mason University158-16464.7%Private: $70,000
Public: $59,246
41 (tie)University of Florida (Levin)156-16171.2%Private: $70,000
Public: $45,000
44 (tie)University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign154-16274.80%Private: $109,000
Public: $57,000
44 (tie)University of Utah (Quinney)158-16171.2%Private: $70,000
Public: $50,990
46 (tie)Brigham Young University (Clark)157-16464.6%Private: $72,000
Public: $49,500
46 (tie)Southern Methodist University (Dedman)155-16375.2%Private: $90,000
Public: $60,000
48 (tie)Florida State University157-16072%Private: $60,000
Public: $45,043
48 (tie)University of Arizona (Rogers)155-16368.5%Private: $100,000
Public: (not available)
48 (tie)University of Maryland (Carey)154-15959.2%Private: $68,000
Public: $47,000


LSAT scores are incredibly important to your law school career. On the whole, a strong LSAT score will help you get into a top-ranked program, which in turn will help you graduate law school with a job and an impressive salary. So, set aside some time, invest in Magoosh LSAT and other prep resources, and start prepping. You won’t regret it.

Please let us know if you have any questions, additions, or suggestions by leaving a comment on this post. We’d be thrilled to start a conversation with you. And before you go, here’s some suggested follow-up reading for you:


Thank you to Magoosh LSAT Bloggers Travis, Randall and Carey for contributing content and expertise to this LSAT scores guide!

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9 Responses to LSAT Scores for the Top 100 Law Schools: Good LSAT Scores, Bad LSAT Scores & Acceptable LSAT Scores

  1. Jeff November 30, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

    Thanks I found your article very interesting. This information will help my son decide on which schools are appropriate for him to apply to once he receives his LSAT score. Personally I am a little dismayed that four years of hard work weighs less than one test score. All the information in your article is eye opening. Thanks so much for laying it all out in a straight forward manner.

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Neumann December 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      I’m glad that you found the article helpful! It is quite frustrating that a few hours of exam time outweighs 4 years of academics. I hope that the logic and analysis skills that your son learned in college will give him a leg up when he takes the LSAT, and give him the skills he needs to thrive in law school. Best of luck to him!

      • Amiel July 18, 2017 at 4:08 PM #

        Just wanted to say this article was very helpful. Thank you so much. You did a great job !

        Just wanted to send appreciation and positive vibes

  2. Asha January 16, 2017 at 9:23 AM #

    Well researched article.I wish my daughter Manasi Hands reads it.

  3. SMS May 9, 2017 at 3:52 PM #

    You claim that “If your LSAT score is 157 or above, you might consider applying to 48th-ranked University of Florida or University of Maryland. For some reason, their average starting salaries are staggeringly high—to the tune of $158,000 per year”, but research on Law school transparency says otherwise. University of Maryland’s private sector median salary is $85,762 (public: $52,365) and University of Florida’s private sector median salary is $79,311 (public: $46,154). Not trying to be mean, I just wanted to know why there is such a discrepancy between the sources?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 10, 2017 at 9:06 AM #

      That’s a very good question, especially because Law School Transparency is a generally reliable resource.. I’ll check with our editors and see where our data comes from.

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2017 at 11:13 PM #

        Hi SMS,

        Just letting you know that we’ve fully updated the post, checking our data against Law School Transparency and a number of other websites.

  4. Tavaziva July 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM #

    This was amazing, would you by any chance write an article on the application process from the point view of a science major. Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 23, 2017 at 9:22 PM #

      Hi Tavaziva, thanks for reaching out! I’ve let our team know you’re interested in this, but we will have to see if we find an appropriate person to write. I hope we can find one soon! 🙂

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