What Is A Good LSAT Score and What Number Should You Aim For?

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The LSAT is only one month away in June, and we hope you are you ready!  With one month to prepare and take the test, you will then be faced with playing the waiting game to get your score.  However, you can be one of those high achievers that are looking to prepare almost a year in advance, you’re in for some great information. Either way, we’ve compiled some of the nation’s best law schools and their LSAT statistics for you so you have a measure of what’s acceptable and where.

As with any good test score, a good LSAT score can open a wide variety of opportunities for you, especially if you are looking to get into a good and law school where admissions is highly competitive.  As you continue studying for your exam, let’s take a look at what constitutes as a “good” LSAT score, some of the high percentiles, and how you can make sure that your score is as good as it can be.

What is a “Good” LSAT Score?

An LSAT score can range anywhere from 120 to 180.  Obviously, 120 is at the lower end, and a 180 will be sure to get you into one of the top 15 law schools in the country.  The average LSAT score is around 150, but even an “average” score might not be enough to get you into the school you want.  We do not want to intimidate you, but let’s take a look at the LSAT score percentiles for the top 15 schools in the country.

Top 15 Law Schools in the Country

Yale:

25th percentile of accepted students: 170

75th percentile of accepted students: 177

Harvard:

25th percentile: 171

75th percentile: 176

Stanford:

25th percentile: 167

75th percentile: 172

Columbia:

25th percentile: 170

75th percentile: 175

New York University:

25th percentile: 170

75th percentile: 174

UC Berkeley:

25th percentile: 164

75th percentile: 169

University of Chicago:

25th percentile: 169

75th percentile: 173

University of Pennsylvania:

25th percentile: 166

75th percentile: 171

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor:

25th percentile: 167

75th percentile: 170

Duke University:

25th percentile: 166

75th percentile: 170

Northwestern University:

25th percentile: 166

75th percentile: 171

University of Virginia:

25th percentile: 165

75th percentile: 171

Cornell:

25th percentile: 166

75th percentile: 170

Georgetown:

25th percentile: 168

75th percentile: 172

UCLA:

25th percentile: 164

75th percentile: 169

Exam Score Table

Once you do receive your score, here is how you can determine what percentile you fall under.  The columns are as follows: Raw Score, Scaled Score, and Percentile.

Raw Score           Scaled Score       Percentile

99- 101                  180                         99.97%

98                           179                         99.94%

97                           178                         99.87%

96                           177                         99.77%

95                           176                         99.64%

94                           175                         99.47%

93                           174                         99.27%

92                           173                         98.97%

91                           172                         98.60%

90                           171                         98.03%

89                           170                         97.37%

88                           169                         96.67%

86-87                     168                         95.77%

85                           167                         94.48%

84                           166                         93.14%

82-83                     165                         91.71%

80-81                     164                         89.91%

79                           163                         87.84%

77-78                     162                         85.71%

76                           161                         83.07%

74-75                     160                         80.37%

72-73                     159                         77.47%

70-71                     158                         74.17%

69                           157                         70.90%

67-68                     156                         67.30%

65-66                     155                         63.80%

64                           154                         60.00%

62-63                     153                         55.83%

60-61                     152                         52.03%

58-59                     151                         48.03%

57                           150                         44.37%

55-56                     149                         40.23%

53-54                     148                         36.53%

52                           147                         33.20%

50-51                     146                         29.67%

48-49                     145                         26.50%

47                           144                         23.33%

45-46                     143                         20.30%

43-44                     142                         17.93%

42                           141                         15.40%

40-41                     140                         13.36%

38-39                     139                         11.47%

37                           138                         9.70%

35-36                     137                         8.16%

34                           136                         6.83%

32-33                     135                         5.70%

31                           134                         4.63%

30                           133                         3.80%

28-29                     132                         3.20%

27                           131                         2.53%

26                           130                         2.00%

24-25                     129                         1.66%

23                           128                         1.33%

22                           127                         1.03%

21                           126                         0.83%

20                           125                         0.67%

19                           124                         0.49%

18                           123                         0.43%

17                           122                         0.33%

16                           121                         0.26%

0-15                       120                         0.20%

How to Get the Best Score Possible

Judge Striking The Gavel (Focus On Gavel)So what can you do to make sure you get the score that you want?  We know you are probably right on track with studying right now, but here are some more surefire ways to get a good score on your LSAT.

  1. Take your LSAT as early as you can.  Law school applications are reviewed and decisions are made almost as soon as they are submitted.  This gives early applicants more of an edge.  Just make sure that studying for the LSAT does not interfere with your regular law school work load.
  2. Know basic logic.  You will need to know the contra positive, the inverse, and the converse logic for the test.  Try to memorize these as good as possible for the Games and Logical Reasoning sections.
  3. Do the sections that are easiest for you first.
  4. Take as many practice exams as you can before you take the actual test.  Know that the LSAT consists of five 35-minute sections, an un-scored experimental second, and an un-scored writing sample.  You are only allowed two ten minute breaks in the exam during the third and forth sections.  Get used to taking long exams and focusing for an extended period of time.
  5. Study hard.  Do not wait until the last minute to study, so try to study under as “realistic” conditions as you can.
  6. Do not spend too much time worrying about the writing sample portion of the exam because it is un-scored.  However, you still have to write one, and write it well.  Some tips to remember are to make it simple and easy for admission counselors to read.  Try to use paragraph breaks in your essay for easy reading.
  7. Try to take it only once.  Law schools will average your scores and be able to see everything.  Make your first time count so that you do not have to continue taking the exam.

Facts About Your LSAT Score

  • From the multiple-choices sections on the test, only four of them will count.
  • The writing section of the LSAT is not scored.
  • For any blank or wrong answers, no points will be deducted.
  • Many of the top law schools in the country will take the average of your LSAT scores if you take the test multiple times.
  • Sure, your score might not be the “end-all” when it comes to applying for law school, but it is definitely one of the most important factors that law schools consider when you apply.  There are some law school admissions counselors that believe the LSAT score is the single and most important factor in determining your admittance to the a law school.

Aim High

So what is a good LSAT score?  Depending on the individual, a good LSAT score for you is the score that is going to get you into the law school of your choice.  An average LSAT score of a 150 will put you around the 50% percentile, so aim anywhere higher than that if you want to better your chances for a wider range of acceptance.  Things can get competitive out there, so good luck on your exam and make sure that you feel as confident about your test taking abilities as possible on the day of your LSAT.