What is a Good LSAT Score

What is a Good LSAT Score

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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.

To begin your studies, use our free LSAT practice tests.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

LSAT Percentiles

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
180 99+%
175 99+%
170 97%
165 92%
160 80%
155 64%
150 44%
145 27%
140 13%
135 5%
130 2%

*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.

SchoolTotal 75th PercentileTotal 50th Percentile
AKRON, UNIVERSITY OF156153
ALABAMA, UNIVERSITY OF166165
ALBANY LAW SCHOOL OF UNION UNIVERSITY157154
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY163161
APPALACHIAN SCHOOL OF LAW152147
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY167166
ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF164163
ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF159156
ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK, UNIVERSITY OF155152
ATLANTA'S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL153151
AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW155151
BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF157154
BARRY UNIVERSITY153149
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY163162
BELMONT UNIVERSITY161158
BOSTON COLLEGE167165
BOSTON UNIVERSITY171169
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY169167
BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL161159
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW156153
CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF171169
CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF167165
CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF162160
CALIFORNIA-IRVINE, UNIVERSITY OF168167
CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF171170
CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY158154
CAPITAL UNIVERSITY155151
CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW166164
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY162160
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA160158
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY162160
CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW154151
CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF175172
CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW-IIT162159
CINCINNATI, UNIVERSITY OF161158
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK160155
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY157155
COLORADO, UNIVERSITY OF166164
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY176174
CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF161159
CORNELL UNIVERSITY173171
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY157153
DAYTON, UNIVERSITY OF155153
DENVER, UNIVERSITY OF162160
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY157156
DETROIT MERCY, UNIVERSITY OF158154
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA153149
DRAKE UNIVERSITY158155
DREXEL UNIVERSITY160158
DUKE UNIVERSITY172170
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY158155
ELON UNIVERSITY154152
EMORY UNIVERSITY169167
FAULKNER UNIVERSITY154150
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY152149
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY162160
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY164163
FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF169167
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY168166
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY166164
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY168167
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY173171
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY162160
GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF167166
GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY154151
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY157154
HARVARD UNIVERSITY176174
HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF159156
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY158156
HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF163161
HOWARD UNIVERSITY158154
IDAHO, UNIVERSITY OF157153
ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF166164
INDIANA UNIVERSITY - BLOOMINGTON166164
INDIANA UNIVERSITY - INDIANAPOLIS159155
INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO146142
IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF164163
KANSAS, UNIVERSITY OF162158
KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF160157
LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE164162
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY157153
LINCOLN MEMORIAL154150
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY159156
LOUISVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF159156
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY-LOS ANGELES163161
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO161159
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-NEW ORLEANS157153
MAINE, UNIVERSITY OF161158
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY157155
MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF163161
MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW157155
MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY OF157154
MERCER UNIVERSITY158156
MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF163160
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY158156
MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF172171
MINNESOTA, UNIVERSITY OF167166
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE153150
MISSISSIPPI, UNIVERSITY OF159156
MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF161159
MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY, UNIVERSITY OF157154
MITCHELL|HAMLINE158153
MONTANA, UNIVERSITY OF160156
NEBRASKA, UNIVERSITY OF161158
NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON157154
NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF160158
NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF159156
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL157155
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY174172
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY153147
NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF166164
NORTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF153150
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY164162
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY152148
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY156153
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY172171
NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF170168
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY155153
OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY153150
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY165163
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY152149
OKLAHOMA, UNIVERSITY OF160158
OREGON, UNIVERSITY OF161159
PACE UNIVERSITY154152
PENNSYLVANIA STATE - DICKINSON LAW163161
PENNSYLVANIA STATE - PENN STATE LAW163162
PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF173171
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY166164
PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF162160
PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF P.R.138135
PUERTO RICO, UNIVERSITY OF153149
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY156152
REGENT UNIVERSITY159156
RICHMOND, UNIVERSITY OF163162
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY155150
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY160157
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY160156
SAMFORD UNIVERSITY157154
SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF163161
SAN FRANCISCO, UNIVERSITY OF157155
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY160157
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY159157
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY162160
SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF160158
SOUTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF153150
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW HOUSTON156154
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF169168
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE151149
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY164163
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY148146
SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL157154
ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY164162
ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY155153
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FLORIDA)155152
ST. THOMAS, UNIVERSITY OF (MINNESOTA)159155
STANFORD UNIVERSITY175172
STETSON UNIVERSITY159157
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY158154
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY160157
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY166163
TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF162160
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY165163
TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF170169
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY153151
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY158157
TOLEDO, UNIVERSITY OF155152
TOURO COLLEGE152150
TULANE UNIVERSITY164161
TULSA, UNIVERSITY OF156154
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO-SUNY159156
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW155152
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH153150
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA - LAS VEGAS163160
UNT DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW155151
UTAH, UNIVERSITY OF165163
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY170169
VERMONT LAW SCHOOL159154
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY164162
VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF173171
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY164163
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY159155
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY166164
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY171170
WASHINGTON, UNIVERSITY OF167164
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY164161
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY157154
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY151148
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY154150
WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW153150
WIDENER UNIVERSITY-DELAWARE152150
WIDENER-COMMONWEALTH152148
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY157154
WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL165164
WISCONSIN, UNIVERSITY OF165164
WYOMING, UNIVERSITY OF157154
YALE UNIVERSITY177174

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.

Authored By: Vincent Gullo
Authored By: Vincent Gullo

Vincent Gullo is a master's students at Tufts University working towards his Masters in Law & Diplomacy.

He is also an LSAT prep course teacher for Kaplan. Vince has helped students reach scores in the top 10% of all test-takers.