NYU is a top-6 law school with one of the most selective admissions processes in the country. Each year, the admissions committee reviews a competitive applicant pool with an eye for students who will positively impact the NYU legal community. While the law school does not use LSAT/GPA indexes to determine admissions outcomes, these academic measures still carry great influence in the admissions process. There are about 430 students enrolled full-time in each class; NYU does not offer a part-time program.
If you’re looking to specialize in international law or tax law, NYU Law School would be a great option to consider. U.S. News ranks NYU #1 in both specialties. The school also earns high marks for its clinical training (#3), intellectual property law (#3), and environmental law (#11) programs.
NYU Law School LSAT numbers
NYU Law School’s median LSAT score is 169.
Its 25th percentile on the LSAT is 166. Its 75th percentile is 171.
How does your LSAT score compare?
Although NYU Law School practices holistic admissions, numbers are still paramount in the application review process at all top law schools (check out our post here for more information on this topic). As a disclaimer, our comparison guides are estimates at best. Since we’re not admissions officers at NYU, we can’t give you your exact odds of success – we can only advise you based on what we know of top law school admissions.
Keep in mind that NYU values a high GPA in addition to high LSAT scores. The law school’s 75th percentile for GPA is 3.9. Its 50th percentile is 3.8, and its 25th percentile is 3.6. Given how competitive NYU admissions are, you’ll want to supplement a high LSAT score with a strong academic record.
175+: A score in this range will be well above NYU’s 75th percentile, making you a competitive candidate for both admission and scholarships. Clean up your other application materials until they shine to maximize your odds of earning a full- or partial-tuition scholarship!
174-172: With a score that surpasses NYU’s 75th percentile, you still have a great shot at acceptance and scholarships. As long as you can pair your score with a solid GPA, you should be in the running for at least a partial scholarship.
171-170: You’ll be in a good place with a score in this range, since you’ll be at or just below NYU’s 75th percentile.
169-167: Your score will be at or just below NYU’s median. While your LSAT score likely won’t earn much in the way of scholarships, you’ll still have the advantage of a strong test score over much of the candidate pool.
166-164: Your score starts getting less competitive in this range, since 75% of NYU admits have higher test scores. Take all of the opportunities you can to get edits and feedback on your other application materials (like your personal statement and resume) to help round out your candidacy.
163-160: Because you’re now solidly under NYU’s 25th percentile range, you’ll need a very strong LSAT score to support your application file. Think about what traits and experiences you bring that can make you stand out in light of your test score.
159 and below: If you’re set on attending NYU, we recommend you retake the LSAT. A score in the 150s range (even in the high 150s) will be difficult to overcome, even with a compelling application story. Retaking can be invaluable in your situation – and we give reasons why here!