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Scope: LSAT-25th Percentile

Years Compared: 2010 to 2019

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 2019. 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 2019. 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 2019 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 176 151 (48.1) Modest -25.4% 1 -4.1
American University 502 158 (74.6) Minimal 381 155 (63.9) Low -24.1% 3 -10.7
Appalachian School of Law 127 146 (29.5) Very High 61 143 (20.5) Extreme -52% 3 -9
Arizona State University 191 158 (74.6) Minimal 273 156 (67.4) Minimal +42.9% 2 -7.2
Ave Maria School of Law 203 147 (33) High 109 146 (29.5) Very High -46.3% 1 -3.5
Barry University 254 149 (40.3) High 245 146 (29.5) Very High -3.5% 3 -10.8
Baylor University 183 160 (80.4) Minimal 169 157 (70.9) Minimal -7.7% 3 -9.5
Boston College 261 163 (88.1) Minimal 254 161 (83.4) Minimal -2.7% 2 -4.7
Boston University 268 164 (90) Minimal 231 161 (83.4) Minimal -13.8% 3 -6.6
Brigham Young University 150 161 (83.4) Minimal 123 160 (80.4) Minimal -18% 1 -3
Brooklyn Law School 486 162 (85.9) Minimal 401 155 (63.9) Low -17.5% 7 -22
California Western School of Law 382 151 (48.1) Modest 275 149 (40.3) High -28% 2 -7.8
Campbell University 162 154 (59.7) Low 174 150 (44.3) Modest +7.4% 4 -15.4
Capital University 246 150 (44.3) Modest 164 147 (33) High -33.3% 3 -11.3
Case Western Reserve University 236 157 (70.9) Minimal 119 156 (67.4) Minimal -49.6% 1 -3.5
Catholic University of America 274 156 (67.4) Minimal 155 152 (52.2) Modest -43.4% 4 -15.2
Chapman University 212 155 (63.9) Low 148 155 (63.9) Low -30.2% 0 0
Charleston School of Law 237 151 (48.1) Modest 219 146 (29.5) Very High -7.6% 5 -18.6
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 153 (55.6) Low 144 150 (44.3) Modest -26.2% 3 -11.3
William and Mary 217 160 (80.4) Minimal 240 159 (77.6) Minimal +10.6% 1 -2.8
Columbia University 404 170 (97.4) Minimal 364 169 (96.7) Minimal -9.9% 1 -0.7
Cornell University 205 166 (93.2) Minimal 198 165 (92) Minimal -3.4% 1 -1.2
Creighton University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 113 150 (44.3) Modest -21.5% 1 -3.8
CUNY 163 152 (52.2) Modest 221 151 (48.1) Modest +35.6% 1 -4.1
DePaul University 312 156 (67.4) Minimal 192 152 (52.2) Modest -38.5% 4 -15.2
Drake University 155 153 (55.6) Low 116 152 (52.2) Modest -25.2% 1 -3.4
Drexel University 146 156 (67.4) Minimal 160 152 (52.2) Modest +9.6% 4 -15.2
Duke University 238 168 (95.9) Minimal 219 167 (94.6) Minimal -8% 1 -1.3
Duquesne University 212 151 (48.1) Modest 152 150 (44.3) Modest -28.3% 1 -3.8
Elon Law School 132 153 (55.6) Low 144 146 (29.5) Very High +9.1% 7 -26.1
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 245 158 (74.6) Minimal -16.4% 8 -18.6
Faulkner University 145 148 (36.3) High 60 147 (33) High -58.6% 1 -3.3
Florida A&M University 288 144 (22.9) Extreme 212 145 (26.1) Very High -26.4% 1 +3.2
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 146 (29.5) Very High 87 146 (29.5) Very High -89.2% 0 0
Florida International University 161 152 (52.2) Modest 152 155 (63.9) Low -5.6% 3 +11.7
Florida State University 199 161 (83.4) Minimal 192 155 (63.9) Low -3.5% 6 -19.5
Fordham University 477 163 (88.1) Minimal 416 161 (83.4) Minimal -12.8% 2 -4.7
University of New Hampshire 132 150 (44.3) Modest 139 152 (52.2) Modest +5.3% 2 +7.9
George Mason University 303 158 (74.6) Minimal 139 158 (74.6) Minimal -54.1% 0 0
George Washington University 523 162 (85.9) Minimal 506 159 (77.6) Minimal -3.3% 3 -8.3
Georgetown University 591 168 (95.9) Minimal 573 163 (88.1) Minimal -3% 5 -7.8
Georgia State University 224 159 (77.6) Minimal 217 156 (67.4) Minimal -3.1% 3 -10.2
Golden Gate University 320 151 (48.1) Modest 127 147 (33) High -60.3% 4 -15.1
Gonzaga University 183 154 (59.7) Low 139 152 (52.2) Modest -24% 2 -7.5
Harvard University 561 171 (98) Minimal 564 170 (97.4) Minimal +0.5% 1 -0.6
Hofstra University 365 156 (67.4) Minimal 262 150 (44.3) Modest -28.2% 6 -23.1
Howard University 156 151 (48.1) Modest 160 149 (40.3) High +2.6% 2 -7.8
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 155 (63.9) Low 240 153 (55.6) Low -22.6% 2 -8.3
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 156 (67.4) Minimal 169 155 (63.9) Low -32.4% 1 -3.5
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 151 (48.1) Modest 256 150 (44.3) Modest -9.2% 1 -3.8
University of Illinois at Chicago - John Marshall Law School 539 151 (48.1) Modest 341 147 (33) High -36.7% 4 -15.1
Lewis and Clark College 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 180 155 (63.9) Low -27.1% 2 -7
Liberty University 135 148 (36.3) High 84 149 (40.3) High -37.8% 1 +4
Louisiana State University 222 155 (63.9) Low 206 152 (52.2) Modest -7.2% 3 -11.7
Loyola Marymount University 403 158 (74.6) Minimal 327 157 (70.9) Minimal -18.9% 1 -3.7
Loyola University Chicago 292 157 (70.9) Minimal 259 157 (70.9) Minimal -11.3% 0 0
Loyola University New Orleans 246 150 (44.3) Modest 172 148 (36.3) High -30.1% 2 -8
Marquette University 247 154 (59.7) Low 197 150 (44.3) Modest -20.2% 4 -15.4
Mercer University 166 153 (55.6) Low 134 151 (48.1) Modest -19.3% 2 -7.5
Michigan State University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 238 152 (52.2) Modest -20.4% 0 0
Mississippi College 212 147 (33) High 126 145 (26.1) Very High -40.6% 2 -6.9
New England School of Law 393 151 (48.1) Modest 351 148 (36.3) High -10.7% 3 -11.8
New York Law School 641 153 (55.6) Low 385 150 (44.3) Modest -39.9% 3 -11.3
New York University 476 169 (96.7) Minimal 427 167 (94.6) Minimal -10.3% 2 -2.1
North Carolina Central University 206 143 (20.5) Extreme 142 144 (22.9) Extreme -31.1% 1 +2.4
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 121 147 (33) High -10.4% 3 -11.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 152 (52.2) Modest 129 148 (36.3) High -35.2% 4 -15.9
Northwestern University 274 166 (93.2) Minimal 243 165 (92) Minimal -11.3% 1 -1.2
Nova Southeastern University 386 148 (36.3) High 206 149 (40.3) High -46.6% 1 +4
Ohio Northern University 120 149 (40.3) High 50 147 (33) High -58.3% 2 -7.3
Ohio State University 230 160 (80.4) Minimal 193 158 (74.6) Minimal -16.1% 2 -5.8
Oklahoma City University 224 149 (40.3) High 170 146 (29.5) Very High -24.1% 3 -10.8
Pace University 299 152 (52.2) Modest 263 149 (40.3) High -12% 3 -11.9
Pepperdine University 222 159 (77.6) Minimal 191 157 (70.9) Minimal -14% 2 -6.7
Quinnipiac University 163 154 (59.7) Low 144 150 (44.3) Modest -11.7% 4 -15.4
Regent University 168 150 (44.3) Modest 107 150 (44.3) Modest -36.3% 0 0
Roger Williams University 198 149 (40.3) High 169 146 (29.5) Very High -14.6% 3 -10.8
Samford University 166 153 (55.6) Low 159 150 (44.3) Modest -4.2% 3 -11.3
Santa Clara University 314 158 (74.6) Minimal 241 153 (55.6) Low -23.2% 5 -19
Seattle University 324 155 (63.9) Low 226 151 (48.1) Modest -30.2% 4 -15.8
Seton Hall University 358 155 (63.9) Low 213 153 (55.6) Low -40.5% 2 -8.3
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 151 (48.1) Modest 356 150 (44.3) Modest -22.8% 1 -3.8
Southern Illinois University 144 151 (48.1) Modest 85 147 (33) High -41% 4 -15.1
Southern Methodist University 254 156 (67.4) Minimal 273 155 (63.9) Low +7.5% 1 -3.5
Southern University Law Center 320 143 (20.5) Extreme 241 142 (17.8) Extreme -24.7% 1 -2.7
Southwestern Law School 410 152 (52.2) Modest 341 151 (48.1) Modest -16.8% 1 -4.1
St. John's University 341 156 (67.4) Minimal 254 153 (55.6) Low -25.5% 3 -11.8
St. Louis University 334 153 (55.6) Low 199 152 (52.2) Modest -40.4% 1 -3.4
St. Mary's University 301 151 (48.1) Modest 257 149 (40.3) High -14.6% 2 -7.8
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 148 (36.3) High 233 146 (29.5) Very High -15.3% 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 298 153 (55.6) Low -17.2% 1 -4.1
Suffolk University 531 152 (52.2) Modest 368 149 (40.3) High -30.7% 3 -11.9
Syracuse University 252 153 (55.6) Low 266 152 (52.2) Modest +5.6% 1 -3.4
Temple University 326 159 (77.6) Minimal 238 158 (74.6) Minimal -27% 1 -3
Texas Southern University 212 145 (26.1) Very High 180 143 (20.5) Extreme -15.1% 2 -5.6
Texas Tech University 244 153 (55.6) Low 147 153 (55.6) Low -39.8% 0 0
Texas A&M 253 151 (48.1) Modest 173 154 (59.7) Low -31.6% 3 +11.6
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 149 (40.3) High 49 147 (33) High -88.4% 2 -7.3
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 144 (22.9) Extreme 292 141 (15.2) Extreme -81.6% 3 -7.7
Touro College 280 149 (40.3) High 197 147 (33) High -29.6% 2 -7.3
Tulane University 258 160 (80.4) Minimal 212 154 (59.7) Low -17.8% 6 -20.7
SUNY Buffalo 219 155 (63.9) Low 141 151 (48.1) Modest -35.6% 4 -15.8
University of Akron 177 152 (52.2) Modest 111 151 (48.1) Modest -37.3% 1 -4.1
University of Alabama 161 159 (77.6) Minimal 135 157 (70.9) Minimal -16.1% 2 -6.7
University of Arizona 157 161 (83.4) Minimal 133 160 (80.4) Minimal -15.3% 1 -3
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 153 (55.6) Low 113 153 (55.6) Low -18.1% 0 0
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 151 (48.1) Modest 155 148 (36.3) High -1.3% 3 -11.8
University of Baltimore 363 151 (48.1) Modest 221 150 (44.3) Modest -39.1% 1 -3.8
University of California - Hastings 383 160 (80.4) Minimal 346 154 (59.7) Low -9.7% 6 -20.7
University of California - Berkeley 286 162 (85.9) Minimal 327 165 (92) Minimal +14.3% 3 +6.1
University of California - Davis 196 160 (80.4) Minimal 234 159 (77.6) Minimal +19.4% 1 -2.8
University of California - Los Angeles 308 165 (92) Minimal 307 164 (90) Minimal -0.3% 1 -2
University of Chicago 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 197 167 (94.6) Minimal -3.9% 1 -1.3
University of Cincinnati 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 135 153 (55.6) Low -6.3% 4 -15.3
University of Colorado 180 161 (83.4) Minimal 176 157 (70.9) Minimal -2.2% 4 -12.5
University of Connecticut 186 158 (74.6) Minimal 164 157 (70.9) Minimal -11.8% 1 -3.7
University of Dayton 207 150 (44.3) Modest 120 147 (33) High -42% 3 -11.3
University of Denver 301 156 (67.4) Minimal 271 155 (63.9) Low -10% 1 -3.5
University of Detroit Mercy 257 146 (29.5) Very High 209 150 (44.3) Modest -18.7% 4 +14.8
University of Florida 310 160 (80.4) Minimal 172 156 (67.4) Minimal -44.5% 4 -13
University of Georgia 248 162 (85.9) Minimal 192 157 (70.9) Minimal -22.6% 5 -15
University of Hawaii 113 153 (55.6) Low 103 153 (55.6) Low -8.8% 0 0
University of Houston 266 159 (77.6) Minimal 209 156 (67.4) Minimal -21.4% 3 -10.2
University of Idaho 130 151 (48.1) Modest 126 148 (36.3) High -3.1% 3 -11.8
University of Illinois 228 163 (88.1) Minimal 130 157 (70.9) Minimal -43% 6 -17.2
University of Iowa 203 158 (74.6) Minimal 151 156 (67.4) Minimal -25.6% 2 -7.2
University of Kansas 165 155 (63.9) Low 108 152 (52.2) Modest -34.5% 3 -11.7
University of Kentucky 135 157 (70.9) Minimal 102 154 (59.7) Low -24.4% 3 -11.2
University of La Verne 166 150 (44.3) Modest 99 148 (36.3) High -40.4% 2 -8
University of Louisville 143 155 (63.9) Low 96 151 (48.1) Modest -32.9% 4 -15.8
University of Maine 95 153 (55.6) Low 91 151 (48.1) Modest -4.2% 2 -7.5
University of Maryland 296 157 (70.9) Minimal 216 153 (55.6) Low -27% 4 -15.3
University of Memphis 158 153 (55.6) Low 132 148 (36.3) High -16.5% 5 -19.3
University of Miami 489 156 (67.4) Minimal 353 156 (67.4) Minimal -27.8% 0 0
University of Michigan 376 168 (95.9) Minimal 318 163 (88.1) Minimal -15.4% 5 -7.8
University of Minnesota 260 159 (77.6) Minimal 240 161 (83.4) Minimal -7.7% 2 +5.8
University of Mississippi 199 151 (48.1) Modest 157 151 (48.1) Modest -21.1% 0 0
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 157 (70.9) Minimal 96 152 (52.2) Modest -35.1% 5 -18.7
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 154 (59.7) Low 125 151 (48.1) Modest -19.9% 3 -11.6
University of Montana 85 153 (55.6) Low 88 152 (52.2) Modest +3.5% 1 -3.4
University of Nebraska 145 153 (55.6) Low 146 154 (59.7) Low +0.7% 1 +4.1
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 130 154 (59.7) Low -10.3% 2 -7.7
University of New Mexico 116 153 (55.6) Low 82 151 (48.1) Modest -29.3% 2 -7.5
University of North Carolina 254 159 (77.6) Minimal 186 158 (74.6) Minimal -26.8% 1 -3
University of North Dakota 83 148 (36.3) High 84 145 (26.1) Very High +1.2% 3 -10.2
University of Notre Dame 172 162 (85.9) Minimal 214 160 (80.4) Minimal +24.4% 2 -5.5
University of Oklahoma 174 157 (70.9) Minimal 168 153 (55.6) Low -3.4% 4 -15.3
University of Oregon 177 157 (70.9) Minimal 153 154 (59.7) Low -13.6% 3 -11.2
University of Pennsylvania 250 166 (93.2) Minimal 249 163 (88.1) Minimal -0.4% 3 -5.1
University of Pittsburgh 259 158 (74.6) Minimal 120 155 (63.9) Low -53.7% 3 -10.7
University of Richmond 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 135 155 (63.9) Low -7.5% 4 -13.7
University of San Diego 330 159 (77.6) Minimal 248 155 (63.9) Low -24.8% 4 -13.7
University of San Francisco 251 155 (63.9) Low 149 151 (48.1) Modest -40.6% 4 -15.8
University of South Carolina 239 156 (67.4) Minimal 212 153 (55.6) Low -11.3% 3 -11.8
University of South Dakota 75 149 (40.3) High 84 147 (33) High +12% 2 -7.3
University of Southern California 220 166 (93.2) Minimal 203 163 (88.1) Minimal -7.7% 3 -5.1
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 154 (59.7) Low 157 151 (48.1) Modest -6.5% 3 -11.6
University of Tennessee 169 156 (67.4) Minimal 126 156 (67.4) Minimal -25.4% 0 0
University of Texas 389 164 (90) Minimal 288 165 (92) Minimal -26% 1 +2
University of The District of Columbia 131 149 (40.3) High 79 146 (29.5) Very High -39.7% 3 -10.8
University of the Pacific 346 155 (63.9) Low 176 150 (44.3) Modest -49.1% 5 -19.6
University of Toledo 157 150 (44.3) Modest 104 148 (36.3) High -33.8% 2 -8
University of Tulsa 146 152 (52.2) Modest 118 151 (48.1) Modest -19.2% 1 -4.1
University of Utah 122 157 (70.9) Minimal 104 157 (70.9) Minimal -14.8% 0 0
University of Virginia 368 166 (93.2) Minimal 335 164 (90) Minimal -9% 2 -3.2
University of Washington 186 160 (80.4) Minimal 164 158 (74.6) Minimal -11.8% 2 -5.8
University of Wisconsin 246 158 (74.6) Minimal 223 156 (67.4) Minimal -9.3% 2 -7.2
University of Wyoming 82 151 (48.1) Modest 73 150 (44.3) Modest -11% 1 -3.8
Vanderbilt University 193 165 (92) Minimal 174 162 (85.9) Minimal -9.8% 3 -6.1
Vermont Law School 212 153 (55.6) Low 151 145 (26.1) Very High -28.8% 8 -29.5
Villanova University 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 184 154 (59.7) Low -26.7% 5 -17.9
Wake Forest University 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 217 156 (67.4) Minimal +31.5% 4 -13
Washburn University 169 153 (55.6) Low 97 150 (44.3) Modest -42.6% 3 -11.3
Washington and Lee University 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 124 157 (70.9) Minimal -13.9% 4 -12.5
Washington University in St Louis 276 162 (85.9) Minimal 229 162 (85.9) Minimal -17% 0 0
Wayne State University 197 153 (55.6) Low 125 154 (59.7) Low -36.5% 1 +4.1
West Virginia University 137 151 (48.1) Modest 115 152 (52.2) Modest -16.1% 1 +4.1
Western New England University School of Law 168 151 (48.1) Modest 110 146 (29.5) Very High -34.5% 5 -18.6
Western State University 242 148 (36.3) High 23 147 (33) High -90.5% 1 -3.3
Willamette University 158 154 (59.7) Low 126 149 (40.3) High -20.3% 5 -19.4
Yale University 205 171 (98) Minimal 212 170 (97.4) Minimal +3.4% 1 -0.6
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 160 (80.4) Minimal 311 157 (70.9) Minimal -18.6% 3 -9.5
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 148 (36.3) High 70 147 (33) High -73.6% 1 -3.3
University of California - Irvine 83 163 (88.1) Minimal 157 162 (85.9) Minimal +89.2% 1 -2.2
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 148 (36.3) High 111 146 (29.5) Very High -37.6% 2 -6.8
Widener University - Delaware 389 150 (44.3) Modest 237 147 (33) High -39.1% 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.