What Is an Average LSAT Score?

What is an Average LSAT Score?

If you’re looking to get into a top notch law school, scoring a solid points total on the LSAT is crucial.

High profile professions all have their scary entrance exam — for medical school, it is the MCAT that keeps students up at night. For word crunchers, it is the uniform CPA exam. For those of us applying to law school, nothing gives us the cold sweats like the LSAT.

LSAT scores range from 120 to 180 — 120 is the lowest, 180 the highest. According to the FNBC blog, a good LSAT score is 160 or higher.  They also mention that as part of your LSAT score, you’ll see a percentile rank that lets you know what percentage of test takers in the last five years scored below you.

The article goes on to give a ballpark figure for a “good” SAT score — 160 or higher, according to the writers at FNBC. What should you consider an average LSAT score?

Scores between 140 and 160 are considered “average”, but that is such a wide range of scores you have to understand that there’s a further hierarchy between these numbers. 140-150 are on the low end of average, 141-149 is overall average, and 151-160 is in the higher end of average LSAT scores. Start scoring above 160 and you’ll find yourself in better company. To really shine in your application to the so called T14 schools (the top law schools in the country) you need to be scoring above 165, and of course, the higher the better.

Let’s take a look at the LSAT and GPA scores for the top five law schools in the country as determined by the Gourman Report. —

  • Harvard —       LSAT 170 – 176, GPA 3.74 – 3.95
  • Yale —       LSAT – 169 – 177. GPA 3.81 – 3.97
  • Standford —       LSAT – 168 – 172, GPA 3.76 – 3.94
  • Columbia —       LSAT – 170 – 175, GPA 3.58 – 3.82
  • UC Berkeley —       LSAT –  164 – 170, GPA 3.70 – 3.92

Looking at this chart, you can probably tell that there is plenty of wiggle room, especially the further away you move from the top two schools. If you have a killer GPA but didn’t perfectly ace the LSAT, there’s a chance that you could find yourself at UC Berkeley or Columbia, just not Harvard or Yale.

An average LSAT score is difficult to calculate precisely — but it seems having a solid GPA and a better-than average LSAT score will put you ahead of most of the competition.

This is one of a series of posts we’ve written about various college prep subjects, and about entrance exams in particular. The others include: