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Scope: LSAT-25th Percentile

Years Compared: 2010 to 2017

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 2017. 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 has 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, although three of the schools from 2016 have stopped enrolling new students.

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 2017. 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 2017 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 150 150 (44.3) Modest -36.4% 2 -7.9
American University 502 158 (74.6) Minimal 416 152 (52.2) Modest -17.1% 6 -22.4
Appalachian School of Law 127 146 (29.5) Very High 73 141 (15.2) Extreme -42.5% 5 -14.3
Arizona State University 191 158 (74.6) Minimal 216 157 (70.9) Minimal +13.1% 1 -3.7
Ave Maria School of Law 203 147 (33) High 97 145 (26.1) Very High -52.2% 2 -6.9
Barry University 254 149 (40.3) High 243 145 (26.1) Very High -4.3% 4 -14.2
Baylor University 183 160 (80.4) Minimal 167 155 (63.9) Low -8.7% 5 -16.5
Boston College 261 163 (88.1) Minimal 254 162 (85.9) Minimal -2.7% 1 -2.2
Boston University 268 164 (90) Minimal 236 161 (83.4) Minimal -11.9% 3 -6.6
Brigham Young University 150 161 (83.4) Minimal 101 158 (74.6) Minimal -32.7% 3 -8.8
Brooklyn Law School 486 162 (85.9) Minimal 369 153 (55.6) Low -24.1% 9 -30.3
California Western School of Law 382 151 (48.1) Modest 263 147 (33) High -31.2% 4 -15.1
Campbell University 162 154 (59.7) Low 167 150 (44.3) Modest +3.1% 4 -15.4
Capital University 246 150 (44.3) Modest 159 145 (26.1) Very High -35.4% 5 -18.2
Case Western Reserve University 236 157 (70.9) Minimal 134 154 (59.7) Low -43.2% 3 -11.2
Catholic University of America 274 156 (67.4) Minimal 120 149 (40.3) High -56.2% 7 -27.1
Chapman University 212 155 (63.9) Low 167 153 (55.6) Low -21.2% 2 -8.3
Charleston School of Law 237 151 (48.1) Modest 251 142 (17.8) Extreme +5.9% 9 -30.3
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 153 (55.6) Low 108 150 (44.3) Modest -44.6% 3 -11.3
William and Mary 217 160 (80.4) Minimal 186 157 (70.9) Minimal -14.3% 3 -9.5
Columbia University 404 170 (97.4) Minimal 415 169 (96.7) Minimal +2.7% 1 -0.7
Cornell University 205 166 (93.2) Minimal 196 163 (88.1) Minimal -4.4% 3 -5.1
Creighton University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 107 149 (40.3) High -25.7% 2 -7.8
CUNY 163 152 (52.2) Modest 186 150 (44.3) Modest +14.1% 2 -7.9
DePaul University 312 156 (67.4) Minimal 249 150 (44.3) Modest -20.2% 6 -23.1
Drake University 155 153 (55.6) Low 103 149 (40.3) High -33.5% 4 -15.3
Drexel University 146 156 (67.4) Minimal 151 152 (52.2) Modest +3.4% 4 -15.2
Duke University 238 168 (95.9) Minimal 214 166 (93.2) Minimal -10.1% 2 -2.7
Duquesne University 212 151 (48.1) Modest 148 150 (44.3) Modest -30.2% 1 -3.8
Elon Law School 132 153 (55.6) Low 138 145 (26.1) Very High +4.5% 8 -29.5
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 238 156 (67.4) Minimal -18.8% 10 -25.8
Faulkner University 145 148 (36.3) High 71 145 (26.1) Very High -51% 3 -10.2
Florida A&M University 288 144 (22.9) Extreme 222 144 (22.9) Extreme -22.9% 0 0
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 146 (29.5) Very High 106 145 (26.1) Very High -86.9% 1 -3.4
Florida International University 161 152 (52.2) Modest 149 151 (48.1) Modest -7.5% 1 -4.1
Florida State University 199 161 (83.4) Minimal 179 157 (70.9) Minimal -10.1% 4 -12.5
Fordham University 477 163 (88.1) Minimal 410 160 (80.4) Minimal -14% 3 -7.7
University of New Hampshire 132 150 (44.3) Modest 74 155 (63.9) Low -43.9% 5 +19.6
George Mason University 303 158 (74.6) Minimal 176 157 (70.9) Minimal -41.9% 1 -3.7
George Washington University 523 162 (85.9) Minimal 407 158 (74.6) Minimal -22.2% 4 -11.3
Georgetown University 591 168 (95.9) Minimal 582 161 (83.4) Minimal -1.5% 7 -12.5
Georgia State University 224 159 (77.6) Minimal 190 154 (59.7) Low -15.2% 5 -17.9
Golden Gate University 320 151 (48.1) Modest 186 146 (29.5) Very High -41.9% 5 -18.6
Gonzaga University 183 154 (59.7) Low 119 151 (48.1) Modest -35% 3 -11.6
Harvard University 561 171 (98) Minimal 560 170 (97.4) Minimal -0.2% 1 -0.6
Hofstra University 365 156 (67.4) Minimal 250 148 (36.3) High -31.5% 8 -31.1
Howard University 156 151 (48.1) Modest 145 148 (36.3) High -7.1% 3 -11.8
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 155 (63.9) Low 229 150 (44.3) Modest -26.1% 5 -19.6
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 156 (67.4) Minimal 162 155 (63.9) Low -35.2% 1 -3.5
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 151 (48.1) Modest 240 149 (40.3) High -14.9% 2 -7.8
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 151 (48.1) Modest 301 145 (26.1) Very High -44.2% 6 -22
Lewis and Clark College 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 170 154 (59.7) Low -31.2% 3 -11.2
Liberty University 135 148 (36.3) High 73 149 (40.3) High -45.9% 1 +4
Louisiana State University 222 155 (63.9) Low 179 151 (48.1) Modest -19.4% 4 -15.8
Loyola Marymount University 403 158 (74.6) Minimal 326 156 (67.4) Minimal -19.1% 2 -7.2
Loyola University Chicago 292 157 (70.9) Minimal 258 154 (59.7) Low -11.6% 3 -11.2
Loyola University New Orleans 246 150 (44.3) Modest 177 145 (26.1) Very High -28% 5 -18.2
Marquette University 247 154 (59.7) Low 186 149 (40.3) High -24.7% 5 -19.4
Mercer University 166 153 (55.6) Low 122 150 (44.3) Modest -26.5% 3 -11.3
Michigan State University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 266 150 (44.3) Modest -11% 2 -7.9
Mississippi College 212 147 (33) High 131 145 (26.1) Very High -38.2% 2 -6.9
New England School of Law 393 151 (48.1) Modest 185 146 (29.5) Very High -52.9% 5 -18.6
New York Law School 641 153 (55.6) Low 377 149 (40.3) High -41.2% 4 -15.3
New York University 476 169 (96.7) Minimal 427 166 (93.2) Minimal -10.3% 3 -3.5
North Carolina Central University 206 143 (20.5) Extreme 166 142 (17.8) Extreme -19.4% 1 -2.7
Northeastern University 220 155 (63.9) Low 208 156 (67.4) Minimal -5.5% 1 +3.5
Northern Illinois University 135 150 (44.3) Modest 98 146 (29.5) Very High -27.4% 4 -14.8
Northern Kentucky University 199 152 (52.2) Modest 148 147 (33) High -25.6% 5 -19.2
Northwestern University 274 166 (93.2) Minimal 228 163 (88.1) Minimal -16.8% 3 -5.1
Nova Southeastern University 386 148 (36.3) High 226 145 (26.1) Very High -41.5% 3 -10.2
Ohio Northern University 120 149 (40.3) High 52 145 (26.1) Very High -56.7% 4 -14.2
Ohio State University 230 160 (80.4) Minimal 215 157 (70.9) Minimal -6.5% 3 -9.5
Oklahoma City University 224 149 (40.3) High 163 144 (22.9) Extreme -27.2% 5 -17.4
Pace University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 230 148 (36.3) High -23.1% 4 -15.9
Pepperdine University 222 159 (77.6) Minimal 157 154 (59.7) Low -29.3% 5 -17.9
Arizona Summit Law School 392 148 (36.3) High 49 145 (26.1) Very High -87.5% 3 -10.2
Quinnipiac University 163 154 (59.7) Low 125 150 (44.3) Modest -23.3% 4 -15.4
Regent University 168 150 (44.3) Modest 93 150 (44.3) Modest -44.6% 0 0
Roger Williams University 198 149 (40.3) High 161 144 (22.9) Extreme -18.7% 5 -17.4
Samford University 166 153 (55.6) Low 148 148 (36.3) High -10.8% 5 -19.3
Santa Clara University 314 158 (74.6) Minimal 220 151 (48.1) Modest -29.9% 7 -26.5
Seattle University 324 155 (63.9) Low 197 150 (44.3) Modest -39.2% 5 -19.6
Seton Hall University 358 155 (63.9) Low 197 152 (52.2) Modest -45% 3 -11.7
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 151 (48.1) Modest 361 146 (29.5) Very High -21.7% 5 -18.6
Southern Illinois University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 114 144 (22.9) Extreme -20.8% 7 -25.2
Southern Methodist University 254 156 (67.4) Minimal 208 154 (59.7) Low -18.1% 2 -7.7
Southern University Law Center 320 143 (20.5) Extreme 200 141 (15.2) Extreme -37.5% 2 -5.3
Southwestern Law School 410 152 (52.2) Modest 278 150 (44.3) Modest -32.2% 2 -7.9
St. John's University 341 156 (67.4) Minimal 251 153 (55.6) Low -26.4% 3 -11.8
St. Louis University 334 153 (55.6) Low 168 150 (44.3) Modest -49.7% 3 -11.3
St. Mary's University 301 151 (48.1) Modest 291 148 (36.3) High -3.3% 3 -11.8
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 148 (36.3) High 185 146 (29.5) Very High -32.7% 2 -6.8
Stanford University 180 167 (94.6) Minimal 180 168 (95.9) Minimal 0% 1 +1.3
Stetson University 360 154 (59.7) Low 267 152 (52.2) Modest -25.8% 2 -7.5
Suffolk University 531 152 (52.2) Modest 340 147 (33) High -36% 5 -19.2
Syracuse University 252 153 (55.6) Low 197 150 (44.3) Modest -21.8% 3 -11.3
Temple University 326 159 (77.6) Minimal 223 156 (67.4) Minimal -31.6% 3 -10.2
Texas Southern University 212 145 (26.1) Very High 256 141 (15.2) Extreme +20.8% 4 -10.9
Texas Tech University 244 153 (55.6) Low 139 154 (59.7) Low -43% 1 +4.1
Texas A&M 253 151 (48.1) Modest 138 154 (59.7) Low -45.5% 3 +11.6
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 149 (40.3) High 241 142 (17.8) Extreme -42.9% 7 -22.5
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 144 (22.9) Extreme 458 139 (11.4) Extreme -71.1% 5 -11.5
Touro College 280 149 (40.3) High 177 145 (26.1) Very High -36.8% 4 -14.2
Tulane University 258 160 (80.4) Minimal 208 155 (63.9) Low -19.4% 5 -16.5
SUNY Buffalo 219 155 (63.9) Low 144 150 (44.3) Modest -34.2% 5 -19.6
University of Akron 177 152 (52.2) Modest 159 149 (40.3) High -10.2% 3 -11.9
University of Alabama 161 159 (77.6) Minimal 124 157 (70.9) Minimal -23% 2 -6.7
University of Arizona 157 161 (83.4) Minimal 80 156 (67.4) Minimal -49% 5 -16
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 153 (55.6) Low 119 151 (48.1) Modest -13.8% 2 -7.5
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 151 (48.1) Modest 140 147 (33) High -10.8% 4 -15.1
University of Baltimore 363 151 (48.1) Modest 199 149 (40.3) High -45.2% 2 -7.8
University of California - Hastings 383 160 (80.4) Minimal 326 156 (67.4) Minimal -14.9% 4 -13
University of California - Berkeley 286 162 (85.9) Minimal 304 164 (90) Minimal +6.3% 2 +4.1
University of California - Davis 196 160 (80.4) Minimal 151 157 (70.9) Minimal -23% 3 -9.5
University of California - Los Angeles 308 165 (92) Minimal 294 163 (88.1) Minimal -4.5% 2 -3.9
University of Chicago 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 188 166 (93.2) Minimal -8.3% 2 -2.7
University of Cincinnati 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 96 153 (55.6) Low -33.3% 4 -15.3
University of Colorado 180 161 (83.4) Minimal 190 155 (63.9) Low +5.6% 6 -19.5
University of Connecticut 186 158 (74.6) Minimal 145 155 (63.9) Low -22% 3 -10.7
University of Dayton 207 150 (44.3) Modest 93 145 (26.1) Very High -55.1% 5 -18.2
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 214 148 (36.3) High -16.7% 2 +6.8
University of Florida 310 160 (80.4) Minimal 301 155 (63.9) Low -2.9% 5 -16.5
University of Georgia 248 162 (85.9) Minimal 189 157 (70.9) Minimal -23.8% 5 -15
University of Hawaii 113 153 (55.6) Low 94 151 (48.1) Modest -16.8% 2 -7.5
University of Houston 266 159 (77.6) Minimal 227 156 (67.4) Minimal -14.7% 3 -10.2
University of Idaho 130 151 (48.1) Modest 111 149 (40.3) High -14.6% 2 -7.8
University of Illinois 228 163 (88.1) Minimal 153 156 (67.4) Minimal -32.9% 7 -20.7
University of Iowa 203 158 (74.6) Minimal 131 156 (67.4) Minimal -35.5% 2 -7.2
University of Kansas 165 155 (63.9) Low 107 152 (52.2) Modest -35.2% 3 -11.7
University of Kentucky 135 157 (70.9) Minimal 113 153 (55.6) Low -16.3% 4 -15.3
University of La Verne 166 150 (44.3) Modest 99 147 (33) High -40.4% 3 -11.3
University of Louisville 143 155 (63.9) Low 141 151 (48.1) Modest -1.4% 4 -15.8
University of Maine 95 153 (55.6) Low 85 149 (40.3) High -10.5% 4 -15.3
University of Maryland 296 157 (70.9) Minimal 207 153 (55.6) Low -30.1% 4 -15.3
University of Memphis 158 153 (55.6) Low 107 149 (40.3) High -32.3% 4 -15.3
University of Miami 489 156 (67.4) Minimal 322 155 (63.9) Low -34.2% 1 -3.5
University of Michigan 376 168 (95.9) Minimal 320 164 (90) Minimal -14.9% 4 -5.9
University of Minnesota 260 159 (77.6) Minimal 196 159 (77.6) Minimal -24.6% 0 0
University of Mississippi 199 151 (48.1) Modest 113 149 (40.3) High -43.2% 2 -7.8
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 157 (70.9) Minimal 92 153 (55.6) Low -37.8% 4 -15.3
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 154 (59.7) Low 122 150 (44.3) Modest -21.8% 4 -15.4
University of Montana 85 153 (55.6) Low 72 150 (44.3) Modest -15.3% 3 -11.3
University of Nebraska 145 153 (55.6) Low 132 154 (59.7) Low -9% 1 +4.1
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 105 153 (55.6) Low -27.6% 3 -11.8
University of New Mexico 116 153 (55.6) Low 123 151 (48.1) Modest +6% 2 -7.5
University of North Carolina 254 159 (77.6) Minimal 213 157 (70.9) Minimal -16.1% 2 -6.7
University of North Dakota 83 148 (36.3) High 71 145 (26.1) Very High -14.5% 3 -10.2
University of Notre Dame 172 162 (85.9) Minimal 198 157 (70.9) Minimal +15.1% 5 -15
University of Oklahoma 174 157 (70.9) Minimal 159 153 (55.6) Low -8.6% 4 -15.3
University of Oregon 177 157 (70.9) Minimal 144 154 (59.7) Low -18.6% 3 -11.2
University of Pennsylvania 250 166 (93.2) Minimal 244 163 (88.1) Minimal -2.4% 3 -5.1
University of Pittsburgh 259 158 (74.6) Minimal 141 152 (52.2) Modest -45.6% 6 -22.4
University of Richmond 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 115 155 (63.9) Low -21.2% 4 -13.7
University of San Diego 330 159 (77.6) Minimal 240 154 (59.7) Low -27.3% 5 -17.9
University of San Francisco 251 155 (63.9) Low 143 150 (44.3) Modest -43% 5 -19.6
University of South Carolina 239 156 (67.4) Minimal 215 152 (52.2) Modest -10% 4 -15.2
University of South Dakota 75 149 (40.3) High 57 144 (22.9) Extreme -24% 5 -17.4
University of Southern California 220 166 (93.2) Minimal 187 162 (85.9) Minimal -15% 4 -7.3
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 154 (59.7) Low 146 149 (40.3) High -13.1% 5 -19.4
University of Tennessee 169 156 (67.4) Minimal 123 153 (55.6) Low -27.2% 3 -11.8
University of Texas 389 164 (90) Minimal 308 161 (83.4) Minimal -20.8% 3 -6.6
University of The District of Columbia 131 149 (40.3) High 93 145 (26.1) Very High -29% 4 -14.2
University of the Pacific 346 155 (63.9) Low 152 148 (36.3) High -56.1% 7 -27.6
University of Toledo 157 150 (44.3) Modest 92 150 (44.3) Modest -41.4% 0 0
University of Tulsa 146 152 (52.2) Modest 94 152 (52.2) Modest -35.6% 0 0
University of Utah 122 157 (70.9) Minimal 91 155 (63.9) Low -25.4% 2 -7
University of Virginia 368 166 (93.2) Minimal 319 163 (88.1) Minimal -13.3% 3 -5.1
University of Washington 186 160 (80.4) Minimal 166 157 (70.9) Minimal -10.8% 3 -9.5
University of Wisconsin 246 158 (74.6) Minimal 151 156 (67.4) Minimal -38.6% 2 -7.2
University of Wyoming 82 151 (48.1) Modest 72 149 (40.3) High -12.2% 2 -7.8
Valparaiso University 207 147 (33) High 28 147 (33) High -86.5% 0 0
Vanderbilt University 193 165 (92) Minimal 168 162 (85.9) Minimal -13% 3 -6.1
Vermont Law School 212 153 (55.6) Low 161 147 (33) High -24.1% 6 -22.6
Villanova University 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 175 153 (55.6) Low -30.3% 6 -22
Wake Forest University 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 157 156 (67.4) Minimal -4.8% 4 -13
Washburn University 169 153 (55.6) Low 114 149 (40.3) High -32.5% 4 -15.3
Washington and Lee University 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 164 157 (70.9) Minimal +13.9% 4 -12.5
Washington University in St Louis 276 162 (85.9) Minimal 225 161 (83.4) Minimal -18.5% 1 -2.5
Wayne State University 197 153 (55.6) Low 147 153 (55.6) Low -25.4% 0 0
West Virginia University 137 151 (48.1) Modest 109 151 (48.1) Modest -20.4% 0 0
Western New England University School of Law 168 151 (48.1) Modest 93 146 (29.5) Very High -44.6% 5 -18.6
Western State University 242 148 (36.3) High 164 145 (26.1) Very High -32.2% 3 -10.2
Willamette University 158 154 (59.7) Low 110 148 (36.3) High -30.4% 6 -23.4
Yale University 205 171 (98) Minimal 205 170 (97.4) Minimal 0% 1 -0.6
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 160 (80.4) Minimal 368 156 (67.4) Minimal -3.7% 4 -13
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 148 (36.3) High 216 144 (22.9) Extreme -18.5% 4 -13.4
University of California - Irvine 83 163 (88.1) Minimal 159 160 (80.4) Minimal +91.6% 3 -7.7
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 148 (36.3) High 128 145 (26.1) Very High -28.1% 3 -10.2
Widener University - Delaware 389 150 (44.3) Modest 206 146 (29.5) Very High -47% 4 -14.8

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.