Since Stanford Law School’s LSAT numbers are so high, you should go for the gold when taking the test. To recap: Stanford’s 75th percentile is 173, its 50th percentile is 171, and its 25th percentile is 169. If you’re interested in Stanford, take a look at our guidelines for score ranges.
Note that these are guidelines only. Stanford doesn’t practice cutoffs and makes exceptions for low scores when students bring exceptional other talents to the class. Stanford also seems to not put as much importance on test scores as Harvard, one of its main rival schools. This means you shouldn’t let a lower LSAT score keep you from applying!
Stanford Law School LSAT Ranges
174-180: Apply to Stanford, and don’t look back! Your LSAT score definitely puts you in a competitive position for admissions. Since you’re above the 75th percentile, you don’t have to stress too much about your LSAT. Instead, focus on rounding out other parts of your application. (Stanford is known for turning away students who test well, but have otherwise uninteresting profiles!)
173-172: You’re in range for Stanford, and decidedly above median. Since Stanford doesn’t look at only your LSAT, though, you should still aim to impress the admissions committee with a persuasive personal statement and targeted letters of recommendation.
171: This score still puts you in a great place for Stanford, since you’ll be at median. Consider writing a diversity statement to give more context to your application.
169-170: You’ll be just below median with this score, but still at or above the 25th percentile mark. While you should have some other schools in mind besides Stanford, you still have a great shot. (After all, let’s think about it – a 169 LSAT, while on the lower end of Stanford’s range, is still in the top 4% of all LSAT takers!)
165-168: You’ll need to do some more work here to convince Stanford that you belong on campus next year. Make sure other components of your application show that you’ll bring something to Stanford that no one else can bring.
164 and below: You still have a chance at Stanford – but your odds in this range will have greatly diminished. If you’re serious about realistically attending Stanford, consider retaking the LSAT.
Want to learn more about the SLS application? Check out our post here.