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Scope: LSAT-25th Percentile

Years Compared: 2010 to 2018

Law School Enrollment

Faced with a precipitous decline in revenue, many law schools have made the ethically questionable choice in recent years to dramatically lower admissions standards.

Risk BandLSAT
ScorePercentile
Minimal Risk156-180≥ 67.4
Low Risk153-15555.6 - 63.9
Modest Risk150-15244.3 - 52.5
High Risk147-14933 - 40.3
Very High Risk145-14626.1 - 29.5
Extreme Risk120-144≤ 22.9

The LSAT is the best predictor before law school as to whether a student will pass or fail the bar exam. The table (left) shows the risk of bar failure by LSAT score. The chart (right) shows how many schools fell into each risk category between 2010 and 2018. Schools that admit students who face a high risk of failing the bar may be taking advantage of them for their tuition dollars. However, the LSAT score is just a starting point for such an assessment. Undergraduate GPA, bar exam difficulty, and academic programs mitigate or exacerbate this starting point.

Tip On the left panelAt the top of the page, you can change the data scope to view admissions standards from different angles.

Consequence The ABA started cracking down on law schools for predatory admissions practices.

In 2010, only eight schools were classified as very high or extreme risk. That means that at least a quarter of students enrolled at each school reported a highest score of less than 146, which is the 29.6 percentile. As schools grew more desperate in subsequent years, the number of schools in these categories continued to grow, peaking at 50 law schools in 2016. The number declined to 42 in 2017 and to 24 in 2018, although three of the schools from 2016 stopped enrolling new students in 2017. In 2018, two more law schools stopped enrolling new students, of which one was high risk in 2017 and one was extreme risk.

The chart above has three parts:

1. LSAT Distribution: The shaded blue area shows the distribution of LSAT scores for all people who took the LSAT during the last three years. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. A student scoring 120 is in the 0 percentile because the student scored better than 0% of test-takers. A student scoring a 180 is in the 99.9 percentile because the student scored better than 99.9% of test-takers. A student scoring a 160 is in the 80.4 percentile because the student scored better than 80.4% of test-takers. You can hover over the blue outline to see a tooltip for all each LSAT/percentile combinations.

2. Black and Green Bars: Each school has a bar. The start point for each bar, a purple marker, is the school's 25th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2010. The end point is the 25th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2018. If the 25th percentile went up, the bar is green. If it went down, the bar is black. If the score is the same, there is only a purple marker (no bar). You can hover over the bar (or marker) to see the school and how its 25th percentile LSAT score has changed.

3. Risk Overlays: We highlight the three highest risk areas, from high to extreme. Using these indicators, you can see which schools' bottom quartile students are most likely to struggle to complete school and pass the bar exam. Learn more.

The table below presents the chart's underlying data:

School 2010 Entering Class 2018 Entering Class Change
Enr. 25th Percentile LSAT Enr. 25th Percentile LSAT Enr. 25th Percentile LSAT
Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score %ile Risk Band
Albany Law School 236 152 (52.2) Modest 182 151 (48.1) Modest -22.9% 1 -4.1
American University 502 158 (74.6) Minimal 463 155 (63.9) Low -7.8% 3 -10.7
Appalachian School of Law 127 146 (29.5) Very High 50 143 (20.5) Extreme -60.6% 3 -9
Arizona State University 191 158 (74.6) Minimal 273 158 (74.6) Minimal +42.9% 0 0
Ave Maria School of Law 203 147 (33) High 96 145 (26.1) Very High -52.7% 2 -6.9
Barry University 254 149 (40.3) High 255 146 (29.5) Very High +0.4% 3 -10.8
Baylor University 183 160 (80.4) Minimal 172 157 (70.9) Minimal -6% 3 -9.5
Boston College 261 163 (88.1) Minimal 231 161 (83.4) Minimal -11.5% 2 -4.7
Boston University 268 164 (90) Minimal 284 160 (80.4) Minimal +6% 4 -9.6
Brigham Young University 150 161 (83.4) Minimal 106 160 (80.4) Minimal -29.3% 1 -3
Brooklyn Law School 486 162 (85.9) Minimal 356 155 (63.9) Low -26.7% 7 -22
California Western School of Law 382 151 (48.1) Modest 262 148 (36.3) High -31.4% 3 -11.8
Campbell University 162 154 (59.7) Low 183 150 (44.3) Modest +13% 4 -15.4
Capital University 246 150 (44.3) Modest 158 147 (33) High -35.8% 3 -11.3
Case Western Reserve University 236 157 (70.9) Minimal 157 155 (63.9) Low -33.5% 2 -7
Catholic University of America 274 156 (67.4) Minimal 138 150 (44.3) Modest -49.6% 6 -23.1
Chapman University 212 155 (63.9) Low 155 154 (59.7) Low -26.9% 1 -4.2
Charleston School of Law 237 151 (48.1) Modest 206 145 (26.1) Very High -13.1% 6 -22
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 153 (55.6) Low 140 150 (44.3) Modest -28.2% 3 -11.3
William and Mary 217 160 (80.4) Minimal 193 156 (67.4) Minimal -11.1% 4 -13
Columbia University 404 170 (97.4) Minimal 412 170 (97.4) Minimal +2% 0 0
Cornell University 205 166 (93.2) Minimal 195 164 (90) Minimal -4.9% 2 -3.2
Creighton University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 112 150 (44.3) Modest -22.2% 1 -3.8
CUNY 163 152 (52.2) Modest 208 150 (44.3) Modest +27.6% 2 -7.9
DePaul University 312 156 (67.4) Minimal 236 150 (44.3) Modest -24.4% 6 -23.1
Drake University 155 153 (55.6) Low 106 151 (48.1) Modest -31.6% 2 -7.5
Drexel University 146 156 (67.4) Minimal 154 153 (55.6) Low +5.5% 3 -11.8
Duke University 238 168 (95.9) Minimal 235 167 (94.6) Minimal -1.3% 1 -1.3
Duquesne University 212 151 (48.1) Modest 188 150 (44.3) Modest -11.3% 1 -3.8
Elon Law School 132 153 (55.6) Low 146 147 (33) High +10.6% 6 -22.6
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 269 158 (74.6) Minimal -8.2% 8 -18.6
Faulkner University 145 148 (36.3) High 59 146 (29.5) Very High -59.3% 2 -6.8
Florida A&M University 288 144 (22.9) Extreme 190 145 (26.1) Very High -34% 1 +3.2
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 146 (29.5) Very High 60 147 (33) High -92.6% 1 +3.5
Florida International University 161 152 (52.2) Modest 161 152 (52.2) Modest 0% 0 0
Florida State University 199 161 (83.4) Minimal 213 157 (70.9) Minimal +7% 4 -12.5
Fordham University 477 163 (88.1) Minimal 415 161 (83.4) Minimal -13% 2 -4.7
University of New Hampshire 132 150 (44.3) Modest 91 153 (55.6) Low -31.1% 3 +11.3
George Mason University 303 158 (74.6) Minimal 160 157 (70.9) Minimal -47.2% 1 -3.7
George Washington University 523 162 (85.9) Minimal 564 160 (80.4) Minimal +7.8% 2 -5.5
Georgetown University 591 168 (95.9) Minimal 581 163 (88.1) Minimal -1.7% 5 -7.8
Georgia State University 224 159 (77.6) Minimal 201 155 (63.9) Low -10.3% 4 -13.7
Golden Gate University 320 151 (48.1) Modest 237 147 (33) High -25.9% 4 -15.1
Gonzaga University 183 154 (59.7) Low 145 152 (52.2) Modest -20.8% 2 -7.5
Harvard University 561 171 (98) Minimal 566 170 (97.4) Minimal +0.9% 1 -0.6
Hofstra University 365 156 (67.4) Minimal 257 148 (36.3) High -29.6% 8 -31.1
Howard University 156 151 (48.1) Modest 155 149 (40.3) High -0.6% 2 -7.8
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 155 (63.9) Low 246 151 (48.1) Modest -20.6% 4 -15.8
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 156 (67.4) Minimal 174 157 (70.9) Minimal -30.4% 1 +3.5
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 151 (48.1) Modest 255 149 (40.3) High -9.6% 2 -7.8
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 151 (48.1) Modest 336 146 (29.5) Very High -37.7% 5 -18.6
Lewis and Clark College 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 167 155 (63.9) Low -32.4% 2 -7
Liberty University 135 148 (36.3) High 72 149 (40.3) High -46.7% 1 +4
Louisiana State University 222 155 (63.9) Low 206 150 (44.3) Modest -7.2% 5 -19.6
Loyola Marymount University 403 158 (74.6) Minimal 318 157 (70.9) Minimal -21.1% 1 -3.7
Loyola University Chicago 292 157 (70.9) Minimal 273 154 (59.7) Low -6.5% 3 -11.2
Loyola University New Orleans 246 150 (44.3) Modest 162 148 (36.3) High -34.1% 2 -8
Marquette University 247 154 (59.7) Low 190 150 (44.3) Modest -23.1% 4 -15.4
Mercer University 166 153 (55.6) Low 142 149 (40.3) High -14.5% 4 -15.3
Michigan State University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 208 152 (52.2) Modest -30.4% 0 0
Mississippi College 212 147 (33) High 123 145 (26.1) Very High -42% 2 -6.9
New England School of Law 393 151 (48.1) Modest 185 147 (33) High -52.9% 4 -15.1
New York Law School 641 153 (55.6) Low 381 150 (44.3) Modest -40.6% 3 -11.3
New York University 476 169 (96.7) Minimal 425 167 (94.6) Minimal -10.7% 2 -2.1
North Carolina Central University 206 143 (20.5) Extreme 103 144 (22.9) Extreme -50% 1 +2.4
Northeastern University 220 155 (63.9) Low 202 156 (67.4) Minimal -8.2% 1 +3.5
Northern Illinois University 135 150 (44.3) Modest 90 148 (36.3) High -33.3% 2 -8
Northern Kentucky University 199 152 (52.2) Modest 143 147 (33) High -28.1% 5 -19.2
Northwestern University 274 166 (93.2) Minimal 245 164 (90) Minimal -10.6% 2 -3.2
Nova Southeastern University 386 148 (36.3) High 198 148 (36.3) High -48.7% 0 0
Ohio Northern University 120 149 (40.3) High 51 147 (33) High -57.5% 2 -7.3
Ohio State University 230 160 (80.4) Minimal 187 157 (70.9) Minimal -18.7% 3 -9.5
Oklahoma City University 224 149 (40.3) High 162 146 (29.5) Very High -27.7% 3 -10.8
Pace University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 224 149 (40.3) High -25.1% 3 -11.9
Pepperdine University 222 159 (77.6) Minimal 159 155 (63.9) Low -28.4% 4 -13.7
Arizona Summit Law School 392 148 (36.3) High 17 (0) Low -95.7% 148 -36.3
Quinnipiac University 163 154 (59.7) Low 113 149 (40.3) High -30.7% 5 -19.4
Regent University 168 150 (44.3) Modest 97 150 (44.3) Modest -42.3% 0 0
Roger Williams University 198 149 (40.3) High 168 145 (26.1) Very High -15.2% 4 -14.2
Samford University 166 153 (55.6) Low 145 149 (40.3) High -12.7% 4 -15.3
Santa Clara University 314 158 (74.6) Minimal 239 152 (52.2) Modest -23.9% 6 -22.4
Seattle University 324 155 (63.9) Low 215 150 (44.3) Modest -33.6% 5 -19.6
Seton Hall University 358 155 (63.9) Low 246 154 (59.7) Low -31.3% 1 -4.2
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 151 (48.1) Modest 341 148 (36.3) High -26% 3 -11.8
Southern Illinois University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 76 147 (33) High -47.2% 4 -15.1
Southern Methodist University 254 156 (67.4) Minimal 205 155 (63.9) Low -19.3% 1 -3.5
Southern University Law Center 320 143 (20.5) Extreme 242 142 (17.8) Extreme -24.4% 1 -2.7
Southwestern Law School 410 152 (52.2) Modest 277 150 (44.3) Modest -32.4% 2 -7.9
St. John's University 341 156 (67.4) Minimal 232 153 (55.6) Low -32% 3 -11.8
St. Louis University 334 153 (55.6) Low 176 152 (52.2) Modest -47.3% 1 -3.4
St. Mary's University 301 151 (48.1) Modest 238 148 (36.3) High -20.9% 3 -11.8
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 148 (36.3) High 184 146 (29.5) Very High -33.1% 2 -6.8
Stanford University 180 167 (94.6) Minimal 180 169 (96.7) Minimal 0% 2 +2.1
Stetson University 360 154 (59.7) Low 284 153 (55.6) Low -21.1% 1 -4.1
Suffolk University 531 152 (52.2) Modest 379 149 (40.3) High -28.6% 3 -11.9
Syracuse University 252 153 (55.6) Low 189 152 (52.2) Modest -25% 1 -3.4
Temple University 326 159 (77.6) Minimal 226 157 (70.9) Minimal -30.7% 2 -6.7
Texas Southern University 212 145 (26.1) Very High 217 143 (20.5) Extreme +2.4% 2 -5.6
Texas Tech University 244 153 (55.6) Low 150 152 (52.2) Modest -38.5% 1 -3.4
Texas A&M 253 151 (48.1) Modest 182 155 (63.9) Low -28.1% 4 +15.8
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 149 (40.3) High 59 145 (26.1) Very High -86% 4 -14.2
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 144 (22.9) Extreme 541 139 (11.4) Extreme -65.8% 5 -11.5
Touro College 280 149 (40.3) High 209 146 (29.5) Very High -25.4% 3 -10.8
Tulane University 258 160 (80.4) Minimal 211 156 (67.4) Minimal -18.2% 4 -13
SUNY Buffalo 219 155 (63.9) Low 151 150 (44.3) Modest -31.1% 5 -19.6
University of Akron 177 152 (52.2) Modest 143 151 (48.1) Modest -19.2% 1 -4.1
University of Alabama 161 159 (77.6) Minimal 117 157 (70.9) Minimal -27.3% 2 -6.7
University of Arizona 157 161 (83.4) Minimal 117 155 (63.9) Low -25.5% 6 -19.5
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 153 (55.6) Low 126 151 (48.1) Modest -8.7% 2 -7.5
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 151 (48.1) Modest 138 147 (33) High -12.1% 4 -15.1
University of Baltimore 363 151 (48.1) Modest 226 150 (44.3) Modest -37.7% 1 -3.8
University of California - Hastings 383 160 (80.4) Minimal 310 156 (67.4) Minimal -19.1% 4 -13
University of California - Berkeley 286 162 (85.9) Minimal 313 165 (92) Minimal +9.4% 3 +6.1
University of California - Davis 196 160 (80.4) Minimal 206 157 (70.9) Minimal +5.1% 3 -9.5
University of California - Los Angeles 308 165 (92) Minimal 311 165 (92) Minimal +1% 0 0
University of Chicago 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 193 167 (94.6) Minimal -5.9% 1 -1.3
University of Cincinnati 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 136 154 (59.7) Low -5.6% 3 -11.2
University of Colorado 180 161 (83.4) Minimal 172 156 (67.4) Minimal -4.4% 5 -16
University of Connecticut 186 158 (74.6) Minimal 138 155 (63.9) Low -25.8% 3 -10.7
University of Dayton 207 150 (44.3) Modest 100 146 (29.5) Very High -51.7% 4 -14.8
University of Denver 301 156 (67.4) Minimal 248 154 (59.7) Low -17.6% 2 -7.7
University of Detroit Mercy 257 146 (29.5) Very High 189 149 (40.3) High -26.5% 3 +10.8
University of Florida 310 160 (80.4) Minimal 248 155 (63.9) Low -20% 5 -16.5
University of Georgia 248 162 (85.9) Minimal 208 159 (77.6) Minimal -16.1% 3 -8.3
University of Hawaii 113 153 (55.6) Low 116 152 (52.2) Modest +2.7% 1 -3.4
University of Houston 266 159 (77.6) Minimal 202 156 (67.4) Minimal -24.1% 3 -10.2
University of Idaho 130 151 (48.1) Modest 114 148 (36.3) High -12.3% 3 -11.8
University of Illinois 228 163 (88.1) Minimal 124 157 (70.9) Minimal -45.6% 6 -17.2
University of Iowa 203 158 (74.6) Minimal 143 157 (70.9) Minimal -29.6% 1 -3.7
University of Kansas 165 155 (63.9) Low 108 153 (55.6) Low -34.5% 2 -8.3
University of Kentucky 135 157 (70.9) Minimal 151 152 (52.2) Modest +11.9% 5 -18.7
University of La Verne 166 150 (44.3) Modest 95 147 (33) High -42.8% 3 -11.3
University of Louisville 143 155 (63.9) Low 126 151 (48.1) Modest -11.9% 4 -15.8
University of Maine 95 153 (55.6) Low 81 150 (44.3) Modest -14.7% 3 -11.3
University of Maryland 296 157 (70.9) Minimal 220 154 (59.7) Low -25.7% 3 -11.2
University of Memphis 158 153 (55.6) Low 130 148 (36.3) High -17.7% 5 -19.3
University of Miami 489 156 (67.4) Minimal 339 155 (63.9) Low -30.7% 1 -3.5
University of Michigan 376 168 (95.9) Minimal 361 165 (92) Minimal -4% 3 -3.9
University of Minnesota 260 159 (77.6) Minimal 223 161 (83.4) Minimal -14.2% 2 +5.8
University of Mississippi 199 151 (48.1) Modest 145 150 (44.3) Modest -27.1% 1 -3.8
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 157 (70.9) Minimal 90 155 (63.9) Low -39.2% 2 -7
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 154 (59.7) Low 127 151 (48.1) Modest -18.6% 3 -11.6
University of Montana 85 153 (55.6) Low 79 152 (52.2) Modest -7.1% 1 -3.4
University of Nebraska 145 153 (55.6) Low 136 153 (55.6) Low -6.2% 0 0
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 157 154 (59.7) Low +8.3% 2 -7.7
University of New Mexico 116 153 (55.6) Low 106 151 (48.1) Modest -8.6% 2 -7.5
University of North Carolina 254 159 (77.6) Minimal 209 158 (74.6) Minimal -17.7% 1 -3
University of North Dakota 83 148 (36.3) High 62 145 (26.1) Very High -25.3% 3 -10.2
University of Notre Dame 172 162 (85.9) Minimal 190 159 (77.6) Minimal +10.5% 3 -8.3
University of Oklahoma 174 157 (70.9) Minimal 174 154 (59.7) Low 0% 3 -11.2
University of Oregon 177 157 (70.9) Minimal 126 154 (59.7) Low -28.8% 3 -11.2
University of Pennsylvania 250 166 (93.2) Minimal 251 164 (90) Minimal +0.4% 2 -3.2
University of Pittsburgh 259 158 (74.6) Minimal 130 154 (59.7) Low -49.8% 4 -14.9
University of Richmond 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 143 156 (67.4) Minimal -2.1% 3 -10.2
University of San Diego 330 159 (77.6) Minimal 240 156 (67.4) Minimal -27.3% 3 -10.2
University of San Francisco 251 155 (63.9) Low 141 151 (48.1) Modest -43.8% 4 -15.8
University of South Carolina 239 156 (67.4) Minimal 214 153 (55.6) Low -10.5% 3 -11.8
University of South Dakota 75 149 (40.3) High 71 147 (33) High -5.3% 2 -7.3
University of Southern California 220 166 (93.2) Minimal 199 163 (88.1) Minimal -9.5% 3 -5.1
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 154 (59.7) Low 149 150 (44.3) Modest -11.3% 4 -15.4
University of Tennessee 169 156 (67.4) Minimal 124 154 (59.7) Low -26.6% 2 -7.7
University of Texas 389 164 (90) Minimal 377 160 (80.4) Minimal -3.1% 4 -9.6
University of The District of Columbia 131 149 (40.3) High 64 145 (26.1) Very High -51.1% 4 -14.2
University of the Pacific 346 155 (63.9) Low 193 148 (36.3) High -44.2% 7 -27.6
University of Toledo 157 150 (44.3) Modest 96 147 (33) High -38.9% 3 -11.3
University of Tulsa 146 152 (52.2) Modest 100 150 (44.3) Modest -31.5% 2 -7.9
University of Utah 122 157 (70.9) Minimal 99 157 (70.9) Minimal -18.9% 0 0
University of Virginia 368 166 (93.2) Minimal 320 163 (88.1) Minimal -13% 3 -5.1
University of Washington 186 160 (80.4) Minimal 174 158 (74.6) Minimal -6.5% 2 -5.8
University of Wisconsin 246 158 (74.6) Minimal 275 158 (74.6) Minimal +11.8% 0 0
University of Wyoming 82 151 (48.1) Modest 85 150 (44.3) Modest +3.7% 1 -3.8
Vanderbilt University 193 165 (92) Minimal 180 161 (83.4) Minimal -6.7% 4 -8.6
Vermont Law School 212 153 (55.6) Low 194 147 (33) High -8.5% 6 -22.6
Villanova University 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 183 154 (59.7) Low -27.1% 5 -17.9
Wake Forest University 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 179 160 (80.4) Minimal +8.5% 0 0
Washburn University 169 153 (55.6) Low 113 150 (44.3) Modest -33.1% 3 -11.3
Washington and Lee University 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 130 158 (74.6) Minimal -9.7% 3 -8.8
Washington University in St Louis 276 162 (85.9) Minimal 243 160 (80.4) Minimal -12% 2 -5.5
Wayne State University 197 153 (55.6) Low 128 155 (63.9) Low -35% 2 +8.3
West Virginia University 137 151 (48.1) Modest 111 151 (48.1) Modest -19% 0 0
Western New England University School of Law 168 151 (48.1) Modest 88 146 (29.5) Very High -47.6% 5 -18.6
Western State University 242 148 (36.3) High 162 146 (29.5) Very High -33.1% 2 -6.8
Willamette University 158 154 (59.7) Low 129 149 (40.3) High -18.4% 5 -19.4
Yale University 205 171 (98) Minimal 204 170 (97.4) Minimal -0.5% 1 -0.6
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 160 (80.4) Minimal 334 157 (70.9) Minimal -12.6% 3 -9.5
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 148 (36.3) High 108 147 (33) High -59.2% 1 -3.3
University of California - Irvine 83 163 (88.1) Minimal 229 161 (83.4) Minimal +175.9% 2 -4.7
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 148 (36.3) High 117 145 (26.1) Very High -34.3% 3 -10.2
Widener University - Delaware 389 150 (44.3) Modest 212 147 (33) High -45.5% 3 -11.3

About the Data

Puerto Rican schools have been excluded from the chart above because the LSAT is in English and the bar exam in Puerto Rico may be taken in Spanish. Admissions and enrollment data come from the American Bar Association.