LSAT Scores for Top Law Schools

Law school is a big choice. If you think you’ve got what it takes to get into one of the top law schools, you’ll need to make sure your LSAT score is really good. While a high GPA is really important, the LSAT is the best method law school have to determine who is a good fit and who isn’t. This is especially true when everyone has just about the same GPA.

To make things easier for you, I put together a table that shows the kinds of LSAT score’s you’ll need to have a great shot at one of the top 15 law schools in the United States. Generally speaking, the most competitive schools out there all have pretty lofty requirements for their incoming students. But, don’t despair; with shrinking class sizes, law schools have been forced to take lower test scores, making things much easier for you guys.

Law School US News Rank 25th-75th Percentile #of Applicants
Yale University 1 171-176 5,408
Harvard University 2 170-175 10,893
Stanford University 2 169-173 7,632
University of Chicago 4 166-172 9,304
Columbia University 4 168-173 12,863
New York University 6 166-171 12,015
University of Pennsylvania 7 163-170 10,737
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 8 164-169 11,070
University of Virginia 8 163-170 12,046
University of California, Berkeley 8 162-168 10,730
Duke University 11 166-170 11,241
Northwestern University 12 163-169 8,238
Cornell University 13 164-168 9,428
Georgetown University 14 161-168 15,871
University of Texas, Austin 15 162-169 7,061

While there is more to a law school application than just your LSAT scores, as you can tell from this table, they are very, very important.

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