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Law school admissions UPGA and LSAT


Tips by Donald Burleson

Also see my related  notes on the Net Present Value of undergraduate grades towards law school tuition and the increasing numbers of millionaires in the USA.


Getting into a good law school

With several family members and associates looking into law school, I've prepared this brief summary showing the probability of being accepted into law schools across metrics such as undergraduate GPA, LSAT score and less tangible factors such as major, undergraduate research and publication.  The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180 and the average LSAT score is about 150.

Grades are also important in getting into an affordable law school, and see my notes on the net present value of undergraduate grades towards law school tuition.

Law school admissions UGPA and LSAT for top law schools are shown below.  Law schools report that the undergraduate GPA is the most important factor regardless of major; they assume applicants choose a major that they enjoy and the schools expect high grades.  The LSAT scores were the second most determining factor, followed by subjective measures (the Letter of Intent) and extra-curricular activities (volunteer work, legal-related interests).

The ranges below are for the "25th percentile-75th percentile", showing a wide range of acceptable undergraduate GPA's from 3.3 to 3.7.

Law School       UPGA              LSAT
Nationwide     3.37-3.71         161-168

When we examine the most selective law schools we see the minimum UPGA starting at 3.69.  All else being equal (ceteris parabus), at this 25th percentile, only a quarter of the applicants were able to gain admission, even with stellar LSAT scores and extracurricular activities:

Law School          UPGA              LSAT
Yale           3.80-3.97         169-175
Harvard        3.76-3.95         169-174
Duke           3.69-3.78         161-168

For more details on LSAT and GPA factors, the Grinnell Rankings show average UPGA and LSAT, shown by law school.  Here are the Top 100 Law schools, with the top dozen law schools here:

 1. Yale University (CT)
 2. Harvard University (MA)
 3. Stanford University (CA)
 4. Columbia University (NY)
 5. New York University
 6. University of Chicago
 7. University of Pennsylvania
 8. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
 9. University of Virginia
10. Northwestern University (IL)
11. Cornell University (NY)
12. Duke University (NC)
 

 

 


 

 

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