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.
HourUMD Law School Probability Calculator
How it works: HourUMD takes your numbers and measures them against data from LawSchoolNumbers.com (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).