With its sunny weather and low-key California atmosphere, Stanford Law School is many students’ dream school. That means it has the luxury of selecting its class from a top-notch, competitive applicant pool. Last year, 3,847 students applied for a spot at Stanford, and the law school admitted about 11% of those students.
Stanford’s strong LSAT numbers are a reflection of the quality of its applicant pool. The school’s median LSAT is 171. Its 75th percentile is 173, and its 25th percentile is 169.
To be competitive at Stanford, you’ll want to make sure your LSAT falls in the 170s.
Stanford’s view on GPA vs. LSAT
Although Stanford does have high LSAT numbers, its LSAT statistics have traditionally been lower than statistics from rivals Yale and Harvard.
While Stanford still values the LSAT in its decision-making process, past admissions cycles show that a strong GPA might go a longer way at Stanford than at other top law schools.
Stanford’s take on the LSAT as a whole
Stanford is traditionally known for being more holistic in its admissions process than other top law schools. Instead of focusing solely on LSAT numbers, Stanford considers all of the talents and interests that you might have, whether from inside or outside the classroom. In other words, while the LSAT is influential in Stanford’s admissions review, it’s not the determining factor.
How does this knowledge benefit you? Don’t count yourself out at Stanford just because your LSAT score doesn’t meet their median. Work on sharpening other parts of your application by writing an interesting, thoughtful personal statement and crafting a well-rounded resume. Stanford just might take note.
Other notable admissions statistics
Check out Stanford’s other numbers in its class profile for the class of 2018.
Number of applications: 3,847
Number of offers: 433
Number of matriculants: 180
GPA range (75th-50th-25th percentile): 3.97 – 3.89 – 3.78
LSAT range (75th-50th-25th percentile): 173 – 171 – 169
What is Stanford looking for in successful applicants? Check out our post here.