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The Law Schools With The Highest LSAT Scores
Posted on Friday March 24, 2017
The LSAT’s dominance may be fading thanks to Harvard Law’s recent decision to accept applicants’ GRE scores for admissions purposes, but for the time being, scoring well on the exam is still critical to one’s likelihood of being accepted to top-tier law schools.
According to the Short List blog of U.S. News & World Report, the median LSAT score for full-time students entering in fall 2016 was an average of 155 at the 197 law schools that are ranked by the magazine. Twelve of the schools at the tippy top of the list, however, had an average median LSAT score of 170. Which schools made the list? You might be surprised by one of them.
Note that the twelfth law school listed here isn’t the twelfth-ranked law school in the most recent edition of the U.S. News rankings. We skip over UC Berkeley, Cornell, UT-Austin, Georgetown, UCLA, and Vanderbilt to land at Washington University in St. Louis — the law school in eighteenth place — for the final school with a 168 median LSAT score. Hmm, let’s break this down further and look at everyone’s median LSATs:
- UC Berkeley: ranked #12 / median LSAT 166
- Cornell: ranked #13 / median LSAT 167
- UT-Austin: ranked #14 / median LSAT 167
- Georgetown: ranked #15 (tie) / median LSAT 167
- UCLA: ranked #15 (tie) / medan LSAT 167
- Vanderbilt: ranked #17 / median LSAT 167
Perhaps those six schools (especially Boalt Hall) ought to consider raising their standards in order to better compete with the entering stats of WUSTL’s lower-ranked students. As we all know, one point can mean worlds of difference in law school admissions, and later on the bar exam and employment market.
For a bit of schadenfreude, the law school with the lowest median LSAT score for full-time students entering in fall 2016 was Thomas M. Cooley Law, which clocked in with a 142. In case you were wondering, the 25th percentile LSAT score for Cooley was 139. Don’t worry, Cooley. We’re sure you’ll be looking much better when you start accepting GRE scores and U.S. News starts ranking them. After all, we hear the lowest section score possible is actually ten points higher than the lowest LSAT score possible.
How did your law school measure up against these schools?
12 Law Schools With the Highest LSAT Scores [The Short List / U.S. News & World Report]
Staci Zaretsky is an editor at Above the Law. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.