You are either preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or have already taken it. You are curious about LSAT scores and what is a good LSAT score.
Our team took a deep dive into everything related to LSAT scores. We will review the average LSAT score, LSAT score ranges, score percentiles, and more. We even have data on specific law schools and the scores they accepted for admission.
Too Long, Didn’t Read: Find out what’s a good score on the LSAT and see what score you may need or what the score you already received means for you.
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How Does LSAT Scoring Work?
Before we dive into LSAT scores, let us briefly explain how LSAT scoring works. There are 3 different kinds of LSAT scores:
- Raw Score – The raw score is the number of scored questions that you answer correctly. There are around 100 questions on the LSAT divided among four sections. Since only three sections are actually scored, around 75 of those 100 questions count.
- Scaled Score – This is commonly what people refer to when they think of LSAT scores. Your raw score is converted into a scaled LSAT score. This LSAT score range is 120-180. This is the score law schools will look at when going through the application process. 120 would be the lowest score you could get while 180 would be the highest score you could get.
- Percentile Score – The percentile score shows how you scored when compared to other test takers. For example, if you have a percentile score of 50%, that means you are right in the middle of the pack. LSAT percentiles are useful to see how you stacked up against other test takers.
Average LSAT Score
Now that we know how LSAT scores work, what is the average LSAT score? According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the average LSAT score is 152. Remember, the scaled LSAT score range is between 120 and 180.
If you are curious about how this converts from a raw score, you will need to answer about 60 questions correctly to receive an average LSAT score of 152.
Use our LSAT practice questions to ensure you are ready for your exam.
As we summarized above, your percentile score shows how you did when compared to other people who took that test.
LSAT score percentiles are measured by the number of people that scored lower than you. For example, if you scored in the 66th percentile, that means 66% of people scored lower than you.
We have summarized LSAT percentiles below.
|LSAT Scores||LSAT Score Percentiles|
*All data is from the LSAC. Please note that LSAT score percentiles may vary depending on the year they are reported. With that being said, the variances are very slight.
What’s a Good Score on the LSAT?
There are many variables that go into this question. For some students, a score that gets them into any law school would be considered a good LSAT score.
For other students, they may be trying to get into a top law school and require a score that gives them a leg up on other applicants.
To answer this question, our team analyzed data from 196 law schools in the United States. We compared each school and their 75th and 50th LSAT score percentiles.
Use the chart below to see what kind of LSAT score you should expect to need to get into certain law schools.
For example, Boston College has a 75th LSAT percentile score of 167. You can reasonably assume that if you score 167 or better, you will have a good chance of admittance to their law program.
|School||Total 75th Percentile||Total 50th Percentile|
|AKRON, UNIVERSITY OF||156||153|
|ALABAMA, UNIVERSITY OF||166||165|
|ALBANY LAW SCHOOL OF UNION UNIVERSITY||157||154|
|APPALACHIAN SCHOOL OF LAW||152||147|
|ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY||167||166|
|ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF||164||163|
|ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF||159||156|
|ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK, UNIVERSITY OF||155||152|
|ATLANTA'S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL||153||151|
|AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW||155||151|
|BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF||157||154|
|BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY||169||167|
|BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL||161||159|
|CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW||156||153|
|CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF||171||169|
|CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF||167||165|
|CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF||162||160|
|CALIFORNIA-IRVINE, UNIVERSITY OF||168||167|
|CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF||171||170|
|CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW||166||164|
|CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY||162||160|
|CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA||160||158|
|CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW||154||151|
|CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF||175||172|
|CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW-IIT||162||159|
|CINCINNATI, UNIVERSITY OF||161||158|
|CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK||160||155|
|CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY||157||155|
|COLORADO, UNIVERSITY OF||166||164|
|CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF||161||159|
|DAYTON, UNIVERSITY OF||155||153|
|DENVER, UNIVERSITY OF||162||160|
|DETROIT MERCY, UNIVERSITY OF||158||154|
|DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA||153||149|
|FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY||152||149|
|FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY||162||160|
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY||164||163|
|FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF||169||167|
|GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY||166||164|
|GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY||168||167|
|GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY||162||160|
|GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF||167||166|
|GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY||154||151|
|HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF||159||156|
|HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF||163||161|
|IDAHO, UNIVERSITY OF||157||153|
|ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF||166||164|
|INDIANA UNIVERSITY - BLOOMINGTON||166||164|
|INDIANA UNIVERSITY - INDIANAPOLIS||159||155|
|INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO||146||142|
|IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF||164||163|
|KANSAS, UNIVERSITY OF||162||158|
|KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF||160||157|
|LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE||164||162|
|LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY||159||156|
|LOUISVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF||159||156|
|LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY-LOS ANGELES||163||161|
|LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-NEW ORLEANS||157||153|
|MAINE, UNIVERSITY OF||161||158|
|MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF||163||161|
|MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW||157||155|
|MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY OF||157||154|
|MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF||163||160|
|MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY||158||156|
|MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF||172||171|
|MINNESOTA, UNIVERSITY OF||167||166|
|MISSISSIPPI, UNIVERSITY OF||159||156|
|MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF||161||159|
|MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY, UNIVERSITY OF||157||154|
|MONTANA, UNIVERSITY OF||160||156|
|NEBRASKA, UNIVERSITY OF||161||158|
|NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON||157||154|
|NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF||160||158|
|NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF||159||156|
|NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL||157||155|
|NEW YORK UNIVERSITY||174||172|
|NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY||153||147|
|NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF||166||164|
|NORTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF||153||150|
|NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY||152||148|
|NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY||156||153|
|NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF||170||168|
|NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY||155||153|
|OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY||153||150|
|OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY||165||163|
|OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY||152||149|
|OKLAHOMA, UNIVERSITY OF||160||158|
|OREGON, UNIVERSITY OF||161||159|
|PENNSYLVANIA STATE - DICKINSON LAW||163||161|
|PENNSYLVANIA STATE - PENN STATE LAW||163||162|
|PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF||173||171|
|PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF||162||160|
|PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF P.R.||138||135|
|PUERTO RICO, UNIVERSITY OF||153||149|
|RICHMOND, UNIVERSITY OF||163||162|
|ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY||155||150|
|SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY||160||156|
|SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF||163||161|
|SAN FRANCISCO, UNIVERSITY OF||157||155|
|SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY||160||157|
|SETON HALL UNIVERSITY||162||160|
|SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF||160||158|
|SOUTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF||153||150|
|SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW HOUSTON||156||154|
|SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF||169||168|
|SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE||151||149|
|SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY||164||163|
|SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL||157||154|
|ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY||164||162|
|ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY||155||153|
|ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FLORIDA)||155||152|
|ST. THOMAS, UNIVERSITY OF (MINNESOTA)||159||155|
|TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF||162||160|
|TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY||165||163|
|TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF||170||169|
|TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY||153||151|
|TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY||158||157|
|TOLEDO, UNIVERSITY OF||155||152|
|TULSA, UNIVERSITY OF||156||154|
|UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO-SUNY||159||156|
|UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW||155||152|
|UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH||153||150|
|UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA - LAS VEGAS||163||160|
|UNT DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW||155||151|
|UTAH, UNIVERSITY OF||165||163|
|VERMONT LAW SCHOOL||159||154|
|VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF||173||171|
|WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY||164||163|
|WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY||166||164|
|WASHINGTON, UNIVERSITY OF||167||164|
|WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY||164||161|
|WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY||157||154|
|WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY||151||148|
|WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY||154||150|
|WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW||153||150|
|WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL||165||164|
|WISCONSIN, UNIVERSITY OF||165||164|
|WYOMING, UNIVERSITY OF||157||154|
What is a LSAT Score Band?
You may have heard of LSAT score bands. LSAT scores are actually estimates of your proficiency in the skills tested on the LSAT. Since these scores are estimates, you will be placed in a score band.
A LSAT score band is a range of LSAT scores. This range of scores will be slightly higher and slightly lower than the actual LSAT score that you received.
For example, if you scored a 155, you would be reported in a LSAT score band of 152 to 158.
Without going into too much detail, the LSAT score band is calculated by using the standard error of measurement. The standard error for the LSAT is very stable and is about 2.6 scaled score points.
The width of the score band is reach by subtracting 2.6 from your scaled score and adding 2.6 to your scaled score, which makes the LSAT score band approximately 7 scaled-score points. This method used by the LSAC provides a 68% confidence level.
When are LSAT Scores Released?
LSAT scores are released on a predetermined date. You will know this date before you take you exam. In general, the score release date is about 20 days after the exam takes place.
Learn more about LSAT test dates.
LSAT Score FAQs
When are LSAT Scores Released?
LSAT scores are released on a pre-determined date. You will know this date before you take you exam. In general, the score release date is about 20 days after the exam takes place. Learn more about LSAT test dates.
How long can I use my LSAT score when applying to law school?
You can use your LSAT score for up to 5 testing years. Keep in mind that the LSAT testing year runs from July through June.
Is a 174 on the LSAT good?
A 174 on the LSAT is very good and will give you an opportunity to get into top law schools around the country. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180. The LSAT high score is 180. A score of 174 would put you around the 99th percentile of LSAT scorers.
Is a 164 on the LSAT good?
A 164 on the LSAT is above average and will give you a good shot at many law schools around the country. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120-180. The LSAT high score is 180. A score of 164 would put you somewhere between the 80th and 92nd percentile of LSAT scorers.
Is a 150 a good LSAT score?
A 150 on the LSAT is slightly below average and may make it tougher to get into some law schools. The average score on the LSAT is 152. A score of 150 puts you in the 44th percentile.
With this being said, if you have a good GPA, good letter of recommendations, and a good application, you can still get into some law programs.