Chances are, if you’re looking to get into USC Law School, you’re probably also looking at schools like UCLA, Boston University, or Washington University in St. Louis. These schools all have similar LSAT score ranges, but their personalities are all very different.
USC Law was founded in 1896, and is the oldest law school in the southwest United States. It offers six clinics, and several study abroad programs. Students who take advantage of these study abroad programs can go to places like Hong Kong, Milan, France, Australia, and Brazil.
USC Law School LSAT Score Summary for 2015
The median LSAT score at USC in 2015 was 166. The spread between the 75th and 25th percentiles was pretty normal, with the 75th falling at 167, and the 25th hitting at 161.The lowest accepted score was a 155 (GPA of 3.8), while the highest score was a 177.
Where your LSAT score fits in
As you can probably see from the summary above, your best shot at getting into USC is with a score of at least 166. The median score is essentially the score in the middle of all the scores. There will be the same number of students accepted above the median, as there are below the median.
That means if you have a 164 or a 165, you’ll still have a decent chance of getting accepted. You’ll just need to make sure your GPA is higher, since all law schools place the most weight on undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores.
If your score is lower than a 161, you’ll want to either retake the LSAT, have a near-perfect GPA, or seriously consider applying somewhere else. Unfortunately, since USC is such a highly ranked school, they rarely go below the 161 mark.
What if your LSAT Score is a bit too low?
You might notice a theme here if you’ve ready any of the other articles in this series. But, the fact is, law schools want to accept students that have the best chance of succeeding. Research has shown that students with higher LSAT scores and GPA do better than students with lower marks.
The best ways to get over those two hurdles are to (1) retake the LSAT (keeping in mind that some schools average your two scores), (2) focus on your diverse background, and (3) show in your personal statement how you overcame a serious hardship.
This third thing can be a difficult thing to grasp. However, if you get it, the number of law schools you can get into will increase a lot. Stay tuned for an article on this topic in the coming weeks.
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