What's a Good LSAT Score?

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A good LSAT score is a major factor in getting into a good law school, so knowing what a good score is in the first place should be at the front of every law school applicant's mind.

LSAT scores range from a low of 120 to a high of 180. The average is about 150, but you'll have to do much better than that to get into one of the top 15 law schools in the country.

LSAT Score Facts

  • Only four of the multiple-choice sections count. One of the sections is used only to collect data for future tests. But don't try figuring out which section that is; simply answer all four sections as if they are being scored so you don't waste time.
  • The writing section is not scored, but it will be sent to the law schools you apply to along with your score.
  • No points are deducted for blank or wrong answers.
  • Although your LSAT score isn't the only facet considered when applying to law school, it is a major factor. Many law school admissions counselors consider your LSAT score to be the single most important factor for admittance.

Other Important Factors

While your LSAT score is the most important part of your law school application, many other qualities contribute to your chance of success once you get there. On your application's personal statement, highlight things such as obstacles you have overcome, your motivation, your past successes, and the leadership opportunities where you have found success. Your GPA and personal recommendations are other factors that law schools will consider.

LSAT Score Percentiles For the Top Schools:

These are the latest LSAT score percentiles provided by each law school as of June 2019.

Columbia:

  • Median LSAT score: 172
  • 25th percentile of accepted students: 170
  • 75th percentile of accepted students: 174

Harvard: median LSAT Score: 173

  • 25th percentile: 170
  • 75th percentile: 175

Yale: median LSAT Score: 173

  • 25th percentile: 170
  • 75th percentile: 176

Stanford: median LSAT Score: 171

  • 25th percentile: 169
  • 75th percentile: 174

Duke: median LSAT Score: 169

  • 25th percentile: 167
  • 75th percentile: 170

New York University: median LSAT Score: 170

  • 25th percentile: 167
  • 75th percentile: 172

University of Chicago: median LSAT Score: 171

  • 25th percentile: 167
  • 75th percentile: 173

UC-Berkeley: median LSAT Score: 168

  • 25th percentile: 165
  • 75th percentile: 170

UCLA: median LSAT Score: 168

  • 25th percentile: 165
  • 75th percentile: 169

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: median LSAT Score: 169

  • 25th percentile: 165
  • 75th percentile: 171

Cornell: median LSAT Score: 167

  • 25th percentile: 164
  • 75th percentile: 168

Northwestern: median LSAT Score: 169

  • 25th percentile: 164
  • 75th percentile: 170

Cornell: median LSAT Score: 167

  • 25th percentile: 164
  • 75th percentile: 168

Pennsylania: median LSAT Score: 170

  • 25th percentile: 164
  • 75th percentile: 171

Georgetown: median LSAT Score: 167

  • 25th percentile: 163
  • 75th percentile: 168

Southern California: median LSAT Score: 166

  • 25th percentile: 163
  • 75th percentile: 167

Virginia: median LSAT Score: 169

  • 25th percentile: 163
  • 75th percentile: 171

Who Sees Your LSAT Score

Your LSAT score will only be seen by you, the law schools to which you have applied and other law schools that you have specified. You can also request that your LSAT scores be sent to your pre-law adviser in your undergrad program so they can best advise you on the course you need to take for success.