Average LSAT Scores for Top Law Schools


LSAT stands for Law School Admission Test. About six weeks after you take the LSAT, Law Services will send you a report with your score. The report explains how to interpret your score, but in general, here’s how it works. You receive a “raw” score that is converted to a “scaled” score of between 120 and 180, depending on the difficulty of the LSAT you took. Your scaled score is grouped into something called a “score band”, which is a statistical grouping of your scaled score plus or minus three points with a 68% level of confidence. This means, for example, that a person with a scaled score of 150 will score between 147 and 153 about 68% of the time. Note that this score band is not an absolute predictor of what your LSAT score will be should you choose to take the test again. It is simply a statistical ranking of your scaled score based upon probabilities compiled by Law Services. Depending on the circumstances, you might do worse than three points lower, or better than three points higher.

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The average LSAT scaled score is around 151, and more than 50% score between 145 and 159. A scaled score of 160 to 165 puts you in very good company, and you are in an elite group with a scaled score of 166 or better. Your scaled score will be ranked in a percentile, which is the percentage of test takers that you outscored. For example, a 75th percentile score means that you outscored 75% of the test takers, and that 25% outscored you. On the LSAT, a handful of correct answers can make a huge percentile difference. The difference between the 50th percentile and the 75th percentile is around three questions per section; the difference between the 90th and the 95th percentiles is less than two questions per section.

If you get your LSAT score and you are disappointed with it, try not to get discouraged. Think back on your test preparation and test taking techniques. Perhaps you did not put enough quality effort into preparing. You may have had a bad experience taking the test. If you were sick, or you were distracted by personal problems, you may not have been able to give your best effort. Of course, some people just tend to do poorly on standardized tests.

If you find fault with your studying or test taking methods, or you were having a bad day on the day of the test, retake it. If your score is low but not a disaster, and if you are sure you gave it your best effort, then maybe you need to rethink your choices of law schools. Remember, your goal is to get into law school. Sure, you’d like to get into a great law school, but you must to be realistic about where your LSAT score can take you. If you have to settle for what was initially your second, third or fourth choice of law schools, do it. Once you get into an ABA-approved law school, then work hard and do what is expected of you. You’ll get a fine legal education.

The following is a table of LSAT score percentiles for each law school:

Ranking Law School Average LSAT Scores
1 Harvard University Law School 170-176
2 Columbia University Law School 170-175
3 Yale University Law School 169-177
4 New York University School of Law 169-173
5 University of Chicago Law School 169-173
6 Stanford University Law School 168-172
7 Northwestern University Law School 166-172
8 University of Pennsylvania Law School 166-171
9 University of Virginia School of Law 166-171
10 Georgetown University Law Center 166-170
11 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor Law School 166-170
12 Cornell University Law School 166-168
13 Duke University School of Law 165-170
14 University of Southern California Gould School of Law 165-167
15 University of California–Berkeley School of Law 164-170
16 University of California–Los Angeles School of Law 164-169
17 Vanderbilt University Law School 164-169
18 University of Texas–Austin School of Law 164-168
19 Emory University School of Law 164-166
20 University of Minnesota–Twin Cities Law School 163-167
21 Boston University School of Law 163-166
22 University of Notre Dame Law School 163-166
23 George Washington University Law School 162-168
24 Washington University in St. Louis School of Law 162-168
25 Boston College Law School 162-165
26 Brooklyn Law School 162-165
27 Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School 161-166
28 Fordham University School of Law 161-166
29 University of California Hastings College of the Law 161-165
30 University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign College of Law 160-167
31 College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law 160-166
32 Washington and Lee University School of Law 160-166
33 George Mason University School of Law 160-165
34 University of Colorado–Boulder Law School 160-165
35 University of Maryland School of Law 160-165
36 Wake Forest University School of Law 160-165
37 Villanova University School of Law 160-163
38 University of Washington School of Law 159-166
39 Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 159-165
40 Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law 159-164
41 Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law 159-164
42 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 159-164
43 University of Georgia Law School 159-164
44 American University Washington College of Law 159-163
45 Tulane University School of Law 159-163
46 University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law 159-162
47 University of Alabama School of Law 158-165
48 University of Iowa College of Law 158-164
49 Loyola Marymount University Law School 158-163
50 University of California–Davis School of Law 158-163
51 Georgia State University College of Law 158-162
52 Pepperdine University School of Law 158-162
53 University of San Diego School of Law 158-162
54 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law 157-163
55 Lewis & Clark College Northwestern School of Law 157-163
56 University of Houston Law Center 157-163
57 University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Law 157-163
58 University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School 157-163
59 University of Kentucky College of Law 157-162
60 University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law 157-162
61 Florida State University College of Law 157-161
62 Santa Clara University School of Law 157-161
63 University of Pittsburgh School of Law 157-161
64 Rutgers School of Law – Camden 157-160
65 University of Oregon School of Law 157-160
66 Indiana University–Bloomington Maurer School of Law 156-165
67 Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 156-162
68 Baylor University Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center 156-162
69 University of Cincinnati College of Law 156-162
70 University of Connecticut School of Law 156-162
71 University of Florida Levin College of Law 156-162
72 DePaul University College of Law 156-161
73 University of San Francisco School of Law 156-161
74 Case Western Reserve University School of Law 156-160
75 University of Missouri School of Law 156-160
76 University of South Carolina School of Law 156-160
77 Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law 155-161
78 St. John’s University School of Law 155-161
79 Rutgers School of Law-Newark 155-160
80 University of Denver Sturm College of Law 155-160
81 University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 155-160
82 University of Miami School of Law 155-160
83 University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law 155-160
84 University of Nevada–Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law 155-160
85 Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law 155-159
86 Chapman University School of Law 155-159
87 University of Maine School of Law 155-159
88 University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 155-159
89 Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law 154-165
90 Loyola University Chicago School of Law 154-162
91 Northeastern University School of Law 154-162
92 University of Tennessee–Knoxville College of Law 154-161
93 Seattle University School of Law 154-160
94 Seton Hall University School of Law 154-160
95 University at Buffalo–SUNY Law School 154-160
96 University of Kansas School of Law 154-160
97 University of Oklahoma College of Law 154-160
98 University of St. Thomas School of Law 154-160
99 Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge Paul M. Hebert Law Center 154-159
100 Marquette University Law School 154-159
101 Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law 154-159
102 Quinnipiac University School of Law 154-159
103 Texas Tech University School of Law 154-159
104 University of Mississippi School of Law 154-159
105 Samford University Cumberland School of Law 154-158
106 University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 154-158
107 St. Louis University School of Law 153-159
108 University of Arkansas–Fayetteville School of Law 153-159
109 University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law 153-159
110 Suffolk University School of Law 153-158
111 Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law 153-157
112 Drake University Law School 153-157
113 Mercer University School of Law 153-157
114 Southwestern Law School 153-157
115 Gonzaga University School of Law 153-156
116 University of Toledo College of Law 152-159
117 Hofstra University School of Law 152-158
118 Vermont Law School 152-158
119 Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 152-157
120 Stetson University College of Law 152-157
121 University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law 152-157
122 University of Tulsa College of Law 152-157
123 Willamette University Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center 152-157
124 Albany Law School 152-156
125 Florida International University College of Law 152-156
126 John Marshall Law School 152-156
127 Pace University Law School 152-156
128 Syracuse University College of Law 152-156
129 Indiana University–Indianapolis School of Law 151-159
130 Michigan State University College of Law 151-157
131 New York Law School 151-157
132 University of Idaho College of Law 151-157
133 Creighton University School of Law 151-156
134 Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law 151-156
135 Southern Illinois University–Carbondale School of Law 151-156
136 University of Baltimore School of Law 151-156
137 University of Montana School of Law 151-156
138 CUNY–Queens College School of Law 151-155
139 Golden Gate University School of Law 151-155
140 Northern Illinois University College of Law 151-155
141 Whittier Law School 151-155
142 Duquesne University School of Law 151-154
143 University of Akron School of Law 150-158
144 University of New Mexico School of Law 150-157
145 William Mitchell College of Law 150-157
146 Hamline University Law School 150-156
147 Howard University School of Law 150-156
148 Regent University School of Law 150-156
149 South Texas College of Law 150-156
150 West Virginia University College of Law 150-156
151 California Western School of Law 150-155
152 Capital University Law School 150-155
153 Elon University School of Law 150-155
154 Texas Wesleyan University School of Law 150-155
155 University of Wyoming College of Law 150-155
156 Washburn University School of Law 150-155
157 New England School of Law 150-154
158 Wayne State University Law School 149-157
159 Charleston School of Law 149-156
160 Loyola University New Orleans School of Law 149-156
161 Franklin Pierce Law Center 149-155
162 Roger Williams University School of Law 149-155
163 St. Mary’s University School of Law 149-155
164 University of Arkansas–Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law 149-155
165 University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law 149-155
166 Western New England College School of Law 149-155
167 Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School 149-153
168 Barry University School of Law 149-153
169 Charlotte School of Law 149-153
170 Phoenix School of Law 149-153
171 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center 149-153
172 University of La Verne College of Law 149-153
173 Valparaiso University School of Law 149-153
174 Western State University College of Law 149-153
175 Widener University School of Law 149-153
176 Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law 148-156
177 University of South Dakota School of Law 148-155
178 Liberty University School of Law 148-153
179 Mississippi College School of Law 148-153
180 University of Dayton School of Law 148-153
181 University of North Dakota School of Law 148-153
182 St. Thomas University School of Law 148-151
183 Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law 147-153
184 Florida Coastal School of Law 147-153
185 Appalachian School of Law 147-152
186 Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center 147-152
187 Oklahoma City University School of Law 147-152
188 Thomas Jefferson School of Law 147-152
189 Ave Maria School of Law 146-153
190 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 146-153
191 Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law 145-151
192 North Carolina Central University School of Law 144-150
193 Thomas M. Cooley Law School 144-149
194 Florida A&M University School of Law 143-149
195 Southern University Law Center 143-149