As James walked to his mailbox, like he had done every day this week, his thoughts went back to the LSAT. It had been a month since he’d sat at a desk for three and a half hours at the local university, but the memory was still fresh on his mind.
The dim room, crowded with another 300 students, was stuffy. Everyone was forced to sit in those hard, plastic chairs, with their stack of number 2 pencils and a bottle of water. The young man sitting next to James had an extreme cold, and the hot room made his sniffles all the worse.
Back at the mailbox, James opened it and peered inside. Sure enough, right on top, was his test score.
What is the highest score on the LSAT?
The highest LSAT score you can get is a 180, but you don’t always need to answer every question correctly to get a perfect LSAT score. Most score conversion tables (you can find the real ones used for official scores at the back of every official LSAT PrepTest) reveal that you can typically miss anywhere from 1-3 questions on the exam and still get a 180. Why the variance? Because some tests are slightly harder than others, and so the curve is adjusted a little bit to even things out.
If you want to get into a top 25 law school, you want to get as close to 180 as possible. Keep in mind, however, that only a fraction of a fraction of one percent of the population gets the highest LSAT score. So, for the rest of us, you can take a deep breath and focus on slightly more realistic goals. If you score at or above 170, your chances for a top 25 school are fantastic. If you score below 165, getting into one of those schools will be more difficult.
Since the average score on the LSAT is 150, you can bet that our friend James was hoping desperately for something higher than that. Even so, there are many law schools in the US that accept students with scores at or below 150. If you’re in that position, you might want to think carefully before investing the money in a law degree, however, as the job market will be extremely competitive when you graduate and hiring in the legal world is heavily biased in favor of those with degrees from top schools.