Founded in 1966, Whittier Law School is located in Costa Mesa, California. Law school will involve a lot of tough work, but undoubtedly Costa Mesa’s sunny weather brings Whittier students some fun in the midst of classes. (The campus is just a quick seven miles away from local beaches. Talk about a great study spot!)
U.S. News & World Report lists Whittier as “Rank Not Published” (RNP) in its 2017 top law school rankings. However, the law school is tied for #61 among best part-time law schools. Whittier shares the #61 spot with Capital University, North Carolina Central University, and University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. The law school is known for its emphasis on practical training, which administrators and faculty believe help graduates be competitive in the job market.
The school’s total full-time enrollment stands at 326; 130 students are enrolled on a part-time basis. Tuition comes in at $44,370 per year for full-time students and $29,714 per year for part-time students. Full-time students can earn their degree in three years, while part-time students complete their studies in four.
The law school is officially affiliated with its parent school, Whittier College.
Whittier Law School LSAT numbers
For Whittier’s law school class that entered in fall of 2015, the median LSAT score was 148.
The 25th percentile on the LSAT was 146, and the 75th percentile was 150.
How does your LSAT score compare?
Whittier’s low LSAT numbers suggest that the applicant pool is relatively weaker in comparison to applicant pools at many other law schools in the country. You can use this point to your advantage – assemble a strong LSAT score with a strong undergraduate GPA, and you could be looking at either a full- or partial-tuition scholarship. About two-thirds of incoming Whittier students receive merit scholarships based primarily on LSAT and GPA, so it’ll definitely be worthwhile to focus on your test score and academics. (Note that Whittier’s median GPA is 2.85. The 25th percentile for GPA is 2.59, and the 75th percentile is 3.24.)
154 and above: A score in this range will put you at the cream of the crop in Whittier’s applicant pool, well above the school’s 75th percentile. As long as there are no major concerns with other parts of your application, you’ll have a great chance of getting in and perhaps receiving a full scholarship.
153-150: With a score in the low 150s, you’ll be a competitive candidate. Your score will be at or above Whittier’s 75th percentile. Set your sights on either a full or partial scholarship!
149-148: A score in the high 140s will put you at or just above Whittier’s LSAT median. You’ll still have a strong shot at admission.
147-146: A score in this range will start to really decrease your chances of application success. Even though Whittier’s LSAT range is not very competitive, your score will still put you at the bottom of its student pool.
145 and below: If your score falls in the mid-140s or below, we strongly recommend that you retake the LSAT. Check out some of our best LSAT tips and tricks to help you perform your best the next time around.