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The 3 Best Law School Predictors

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If you’re active on online law school admissions forums, you might have heard of law school predictors. Law school predictors are online calculators that allow you to enter your GPA and LSAT score to estimate a predicted admissions result (check out our post on law school numbers to learn why these numbers are so important).

Some examples of predictors are HourUMD Law School Probability Calculator, the Law School Predictor, and the LSAC Calculator. We’ll cover each of these in more detail below. These predictors might categorize your chances of admission as Admit, Strong Consider, Consider, Weak Consider, or Deny. They might also give you a percent reflecting your chances of acceptance.
Online law school predictors aren’t a guarantee of your outcome, since no predictor can be completely accurate. Even so, you can use these kinds of calculators to assess where you generally stand within tiers of schools. You can also use calculators to guide your decision-making on whether to retake the LSAT.

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HourUMD Law School Probability Calculator

How it works: HourUMD takes your numbers and measures them against data from (LSN). LSN is a site where students can self-report law school admissions data points for the benefit of their peers.
HourUMD aggregates the data from LSN and then reports the percentage of LSN applicants with similar numbers as you who were admitted to or rejected from certain law schools. HourUMD will also give you the actual number of LSN students with your numbers who were admitted and rejected from a school.
Accuracy: Students report that HourUMD is helpful to get a sense of relative standing. However, its accuracy may be more limited since data points encompass only students who report results on LSN, and it assumes that students self-report their admissions results accurately.

The Law School Predictor

How it works: The Law School Predictor uses admissions index formulas provided by law schools and measures those formulas against LSAT and GPA data points from matriculated students. By combining this data, the Law School Predictor can create a list of law schools that are likely to admit a student with certain numbers.
Accuracy: The Law School Predictor is not very accurate for top law schools, which largely do not use admissions formulas. Some law schools use formulas but don’t release them to the public, another limitation of the Law School Predictor’s accuracy.

The LSAC Calculator

How it works: The LSAC Calculator is also formally known as the Law School Admission Council’s UGPA/LSAT Search. It uses admissions data from the previous year to provide a range of chances of acceptance.
Accuracy: The LSAC Calculator is fairly accurate, since LSAC draws from admissions data for all LSAC schools. Even so, its predictions may not be as accurate for top law schools, since a number do not participate in the calculation (namely, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania). Other schools, too, choose to opt out of participation (such as American, Howard, and Rutgers).

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4 Responses to The 3 Best Law School Predictors

  1. Prince Cam December 6, 2016 at 10:14 AM #

    The LSAC calculator doesn’t account for URM status. URMs have a much easier time than non-URMs. So for non-URMs (most people) it overestimates your probability of getting in.
    The Law School Predictor’s probability estimate is way off because it smoothes the probability distribution, but the “admit/consider/deny” estimates, which are based on discrete data points, are more accurate.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 6, 2016 at 12:43 PM #

      Hey there! You are correct–none of these predictors can give you a perfect answer, and law school admissions is a complex and multifaceted process that is hard to nail down into specific probability ranges. For example, the LSAC calculator only takes LSAT score and undergraduate GPA into account, so it misses a lot of important information. This is important to keep in mind, and thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Sreya July 9, 2017 at 11:52 PM #

    I doubt a 178 LSAT would help much if at all in my case. ( Though trying hard)

    I am from India – and have scored a paltry 2nd class or UK equivalent of 2:2 . In US Equivalent that falls in the danger zone of 2.4 -3.0 GPA. My alma mater was one of the most ”prestigious” colleges of my country, with severe grade deflation. ( Dont know if that would at all help).

    Graduated 4 years back. Scored a grand 3.9 in my Masters ( though grad school marks will be considered as poppycock by adcoms) and have cracked a national exam with top marks. Currently working as a lecturer at a University. Not much else.

    Hypothetically speaking – if I do manage to pull an Elle Woods ( though its a stretch) in my LSAT, would any T 25/30 Law School consider me at all?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 10, 2017 at 11:58 AM #

      Actually, grad school marks are definitely looked at and valued by law schools. In fact, since those are your most recent marks, and since grad school is generally more challenging than undergrad, law schools will probably place a lot more value on your Master’s GPA than on your baccalaureate grades.

      Regarding the other factors– the quality of schools you’ve gone to, your national exam scores and your experience as a university lecturer– these also may help you get into a top law school. Although that depends a bit on what you studied in your Masters program, where you went to school for your Masters, what kind of national exam you passed (CAT? Indian Bar exam? Other?).

      Based on what you’d told me, I’d say if you get an Elle Woods* second-attempt worthy LSAT score, that and your good Master’s GPA give you a shot at the top law schools. Exactly how good of a shot you have depends on a number of factors, as I mentioned.

      *Fun reference to “Legally Blonde,” by the way. 🙂

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