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Years Compared: 2010 to 2017

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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.

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 50th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2010. The end point is the 50th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2017. If the 50th 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 50th 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. 50th Percentile LSAT Enr. 50th Percentile LSAT Enr. 50th Percentile LSAT
Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score %ile Risk Band
Albany Law School 236 154 (59.7) Low 150 152 (52.2) Modest -36.4% 2 -7.5
American University 502 163 (88.1) Minimal 416 156 (67.4) Minimal -17.1% 7 -20.7
Appalachian School of Law 127 147 (33) High 73 143 (20.5) Extreme -42.5% 4 -12.5
Arizona State University 191 161 (83.4) Minimal 216 162 (85.9) Minimal +13.1% 1 +2.5
Ave Maria School of Law 203 149 (40.3) High 97 147 (33) High -52.2% 2 -7.3
Barry University 254 151 (48.1) Modest 243 148 (36.3) High -4.3% 3 -11.8
Baylor University 183 162 (85.9) Minimal 167 159 (77.6) Minimal -8.7% 3 -8.3
Boston College 261 166 (93.2) Minimal 254 163 (88.1) Minimal -2.7% 3 -5.1
Boston University 268 166 (93.2) Minimal 236 165 (92) Minimal -11.9% 1 -1.2
Brigham Young University 150 164 (90) Minimal 101 163 (88.1) Minimal -32.7% 1 -1.9
Brooklyn Law School 486 163 (88.1) Minimal 369 156 (67.4) Minimal -24.1% 7 -20.7
California Western School of Law 382 154 (59.7) Low 263 150 (44.3) Modest -31.2% 4 -15.4
Campbell University 162 156 (67.4) Minimal 167 152 (52.2) Modest +3.1% 4 -15.2
Capital University 246 153 (55.6) Low 159 149 (40.3) High -35.4% 4 -15.3
Case Western Reserve University 236 160 (80.4) Minimal 134 159 (77.6) Minimal -43.2% 1 -2.8
Catholic University of America 274 159 (77.6) Minimal 120 153 (55.6) Low -56.2% 6 -22
Chapman University 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 167 156 (67.4) Minimal -21.2% 3 -10.2
Charleston School of Law 237 154 (59.7) Low 251 145 (26.1) Very High +5.9% 9 -33.6
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 155 (63.9) Low 108 153 (55.6) Low -44.6% 2 -8.3
William and Mary 217 165 (92) Minimal 186 163 (88.1) Minimal -14.3% 2 -3.9
Columbia University 404 172 (98.6) Minimal 415 171 (98) Minimal +2.7% 1 -0.6
Cornell University 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 196 167 (94.6) Minimal -4.4% 1 -1.3
Creighton University 144 154 (59.7) Low 107 152 (52.2) Modest -25.7% 2 -7.5
CUNY 163 154 (59.7) Low 186 153 (55.6) Low +14.1% 1 -4.1
DePaul University 312 160 (80.4) Minimal 249 152 (52.2) Modest -20.2% 8 -28.2
Drake University 155 156 (67.4) Minimal 103 152 (52.2) Modest -33.5% 4 -15.2
Drexel University 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 151 155 (63.9) Low +3.4% 4 -13.7
Duke University 238 170 (97.4) Minimal 214 169 (96.7) Minimal -10.1% 1 -0.7
Duquesne University 212 153 (55.6) Low 148 152 (52.2) Modest -30.2% 1 -3.4
Elon Law School 132 155 (63.9) Low 138 148 (36.3) High +4.5% 7 -27.6
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 238 165 (92) Minimal -18.8% 1 -1.2
Faulkner University 145 150 (44.3) Modest 71 147 (33) High -51% 3 -11.3
Florida A&M University 288 147 (33) High 222 146 (29.5) Very High -22.9% 1 -3.5
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 149 (40.3) High 106 148 (36.3) High -86.9% 1 -4
Florida International University 161 155 (63.9) Low 149 156 (67.4) Minimal -7.5% 1 +3.5
Florida State University 199 162 (85.9) Minimal 179 159 (77.6) Minimal -10.1% 3 -8.3
Fordham University 477 166 (93.2) Minimal 410 163 (88.1) Minimal -14% 3 -5.1
University of New Hampshire 132 153 (55.6) Low 74 157 (70.9) Minimal -43.9% 4 +15.3
George Mason University 303 164 (90) Minimal 176 162 (85.9) Minimal -41.9% 2 -4.1
George Washington University 523 167 (94.6) Minimal 407 165 (92) Minimal -22.2% 2 -2.6
Georgetown University 591 170 (97.4) Minimal 582 167 (94.6) Minimal -1.5% 3 -2.8
Georgia State University 224 161 (83.4) Minimal 190 157 (70.9) Minimal -15.2% 4 -12.5
Golden Gate University 320 154 (59.7) Low 186 148 (36.3) High -41.9% 6 -23.4
Gonzaga University 183 155 (63.9) Low 119 153 (55.6) Low -35% 2 -8.3
Harvard University 561 173 (99) Minimal 560 173 (99) Minimal -0.2% 0 0
Hofstra University 365 158 (74.6) Minimal 250 152 (52.2) Modest -31.5% 6 -22.4
Howard University 156 154 (59.7) Low 145 151 (48.1) Modest -7.1% 3 -11.6
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 161 (83.4) Minimal 229 156 (67.4) Minimal -26.1% 5 -16
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 162 161 (83.4) Minimal -35.2% 3 -6.6
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 155 (63.9) Low 240 153 (55.6) Low -14.9% 2 -8.3
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 154 (59.7) Low 301 148 (36.3) High -44.2% 6 -23.4
Lewis and Clark College 247 162 (85.9) Minimal 170 157 (70.9) Minimal -31.2% 5 -15
Liberty University 135 150 (44.3) Modest 73 151 (48.1) Modest -45.9% 1 +3.8
Louisiana State University 222 158 (74.6) Minimal 179 154 (59.7) Low -19.4% 4 -14.9
Loyola Marymount University 403 161 (83.4) Minimal 326 159 (77.6) Minimal -19.1% 2 -5.8
Loyola University Chicago 292 161 (83.4) Minimal 258 158 (74.6) Minimal -11.6% 3 -8.8
Loyola University New Orleans 246 153 (55.6) Low 177 148 (36.3) High -28% 5 -19.3
Marquette University 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 186 153 (55.6) Low -24.7% 4 -15.3
Mercer University 166 156 (67.4) Minimal 122 152 (52.2) Modest -26.5% 4 -15.2
Michigan State University 299 157 (70.9) Minimal 266 154 (59.7) Low -11% 3 -11.2
Mississippi College 212 150 (44.3) Modest 131 148 (36.3) High -38.2% 2 -8
New England School of Law 393 153 (55.6) Low 185 149 (40.3) High -52.9% 4 -15.3
New York Law School 641 155 (63.9) Low 377 152 (52.2) Modest -41.2% 3 -11.7
New York University 476 172 (98.6) Minimal 427 169 (96.7) Minimal -10.3% 3 -1.9
North Carolina Central University 206 146 (29.5) Very High 166 145 (26.1) Very High -19.4% 1 -3.4
Northeastern University 220 161 (83.4) Minimal 208 161 (83.4) Minimal -5.5% 0 0
Northern Illinois University 135 153 (55.6) Low 98 150 (44.3) Modest -27.4% 3 -11.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 155 (63.9) Low 148 149 (40.3) High -25.6% 6 -23.6
Northwestern University 274 170 (97.4) Minimal 228 168 (95.9) Minimal -16.8% 2 -1.5
Nova Southeastern University 386 150 (44.3) Modest 226 149 (40.3) High -41.5% 1 -4
Ohio Northern University 120 154 (59.7) Low 52 151 (48.1) Modest -56.7% 3 -11.6
Ohio State University 230 163 (88.1) Minimal 215 160 (80.4) Minimal -6.5% 3 -7.7
Oklahoma City University 224 150 (44.3) Modest 163 147 (33) High -27.2% 3 -11.3
Pace University 299 154 (59.7) Low 230 151 (48.1) Modest -23.1% 3 -11.6
Pepperdine University 222 163 (88.1) Minimal 157 160 (80.4) Minimal -29.3% 3 -7.7
Arizona Summit Law School 392 150 (44.3) Modest 49 148 (36.3) High -87.5% 2 -8
Quinnipiac University 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 125 152 (52.2) Modest -23.3% 5 -18.7
Regent University 168 152 (52.2) Modest 93 154 (59.7) Low -44.6% 2 +7.5
Roger Williams University 198 151 (48.1) Modest 161 147 (33) High -18.7% 4 -15.1
Samford University 166 155 (63.9) Low 148 151 (48.1) Modest -10.8% 4 -15.8
Santa Clara University 314 160 (80.4) Minimal 220 154 (59.7) Low -29.9% 6 -20.7
Seattle University 324 158 (74.6) Minimal 197 154 (59.7) Low -39.2% 4 -14.9
Seton Hall University 358 159 (77.6) Minimal 197 156 (67.4) Minimal -45% 3 -10.2
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 153 (55.6) Low 361 149 (40.3) High -21.7% 4 -15.3
Southern Illinois University 144 153 (55.6) Low 114 147 (33) High -20.8% 6 -22.6
Southern Methodist University 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 208 161 (83.4) Minimal -18.1% 2 -4.7
Southern University Law Center 320 145 (26.1) Very High 200 144 (22.9) Extreme -37.5% 1 -3.2
Southwestern Law School 410 155 (63.9) Low 278 152 (52.2) Modest -32.2% 3 -11.7
St. John's University 341 161 (83.4) Minimal 251 158 (74.6) Minimal -26.4% 3 -8.8
St. Louis University 334 156 (67.4) Minimal 168 154 (59.7) Low -49.7% 2 -7.7
St. Mary's University 301 153 (55.6) Low 291 150 (44.3) Modest -3.3% 3 -11.3
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 150 (44.3) Modest 185 148 (36.3) High -32.7% 2 -8
Stanford University 180 170 (97.4) Minimal 180 171 (98) Minimal 0% 1 +0.6
Stetson University 360 156 (67.4) Minimal 267 155 (63.9) Low -25.8% 1 -3.5
Suffolk University 531 156 (67.4) Minimal 340 150 (44.3) Modest -36% 6 -23.1
Syracuse University 252 155 (63.9) Low 197 154 (59.7) Low -21.8% 1 -4.2
Temple University 326 161 (83.4) Minimal 223 160 (80.4) Minimal -31.6% 1 -3
Texas Southern University 212 148 (36.3) High 256 143 (20.5) Extreme +20.8% 5 -15.8
Texas Tech University 244 156 (67.4) Minimal 139 155 (63.9) Low -43% 1 -3.5
Texas A&M 253 153 (55.6) Low 138 157 (70.9) Minimal -45.5% 4 +15.3
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 151 (48.1) Modest 241 144 (22.9) Extreme -42.9% 7 -25.2
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 146 (29.5) Very High 458 142 (17.8) Extreme -71.1% 4 -11.7
Touro College 280 151 (48.1) Modest 177 147 (33) High -36.8% 4 -15.1
Tulane University 258 162 (85.9) Minimal 208 158 (74.6) Minimal -19.4% 4 -11.3
SUNY Buffalo 219 158 (74.6) Minimal 144 154 (59.7) Low -34.2% 4 -14.9
University of Akron 177 155 (63.9) Low 159 151 (48.1) Modest -10.2% 4 -15.8
University of Alabama 161 165 (92) Minimal 124 164 (90) Minimal -23% 1 -2
University of Arizona 157 162 (85.9) Minimal 80 161 (83.4) Minimal -49% 1 -2.5
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 157 (70.9) Minimal 119 154 (59.7) Low -13.8% 3 -11.2
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 154 (59.7) Low 140 151 (48.1) Modest -10.8% 3 -11.6
University of Baltimore 363 155 (63.9) Low 199 152 (52.2) Modest -45.2% 3 -11.7
University of California - Hastings 383 164 (90) Minimal 326 159 (77.6) Minimal -14.9% 5 -12.4
University of California - Berkeley 286 167 (94.6) Minimal 304 167 (94.6) Minimal +6.3% 0 0
University of California - Davis 196 163 (88.1) Minimal 151 163 (88.1) Minimal -23% 0 0
University of California - Los Angeles 308 168 (95.9) Minimal 294 167 (94.6) Minimal -4.5% 1 -1.3
University of Chicago 205 171 (98) Minimal 188 170 (97.4) Minimal -8.3% 1 -0.6
University of Cincinnati 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 96 156 (67.4) Minimal -33.3% 5 -16
University of Colorado 180 164 (90) Minimal 190 161 (83.4) Minimal +5.6% 3 -6.6
University of Connecticut 186 161 (83.4) Minimal 145 158 (74.6) Minimal -22% 3 -8.8
University of Dayton 207 152 (52.2) Modest 93 149 (40.3) High -55.1% 3 -11.9
University of Denver 301 159 (77.6) Minimal 248 157 (70.9) Minimal -17.6% 2 -6.7
University of Detroit Mercy 257 150 (44.3) Modest 214 151 (48.1) Modest -16.7% 1 +3.8
University of Florida 310 162 (85.9) Minimal 301 161 (83.4) Minimal -2.9% 1 -2.5
University of Georgia 248 164 (90) Minimal 189 162 (85.9) Minimal -23.8% 2 -4.1
University of Hawaii 113 156 (67.4) Minimal 94 153 (55.6) Low -16.8% 3 -11.8
University of Houston 266 162 (85.9) Minimal 227 159 (77.6) Minimal -14.7% 3 -8.3
University of Idaho 130 154 (59.7) Low 111 153 (55.6) Low -14.6% 1 -4.1
University of Illinois 228 167 (94.6) Minimal 153 161 (83.4) Minimal -32.9% 6 -11.2
University of Iowa 203 161 (83.4) Minimal 131 161 (83.4) Minimal -35.5% 0 0
University of Kansas 165 158 (74.6) Minimal 107 156 (67.4) Minimal -35.2% 2 -7.2
University of Kentucky 135 160 (80.4) Minimal 113 156 (67.4) Minimal -16.3% 4 -13
University of La Verne 166 152 (52.2) Modest 99 149 (40.3) High -40.4% 3 -11.9
University of Louisville 143 157 (70.9) Minimal 141 152 (52.2) Modest -1.4% 5 -18.7
University of Maine 95 156 (67.4) Minimal 85 153 (55.6) Low -10.5% 3 -11.8
University of Maryland 296 161 (83.4) Minimal 207 157 (70.9) Minimal -30.1% 4 -12.5
University of Memphis 158 155 (63.9) Low 107 152 (52.2) Modest -32.3% 3 -11.7
University of Miami 489 158 (74.6) Minimal 322 157 (70.9) Minimal -34.2% 1 -3.7
University of Michigan 376 169 (96.7) Minimal 320 169 (96.7) Minimal -14.9% 0 0
University of Minnesota 260 167 (94.6) Minimal 196 163 (88.1) Minimal -24.6% 4 -6.5
University of Mississippi 199 156 (67.4) Minimal 113 155 (63.9) Low -43.2% 1 -3.5
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 159 (77.6) Minimal 92 157 (70.9) Minimal -37.8% 2 -6.7
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 122 152 (52.2) Modest -21.8% 4 -15.2
University of Montana 85 155 (63.9) Low 72 154 (59.7) Low -15.3% 1 -4.2
University of Nebraska 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 132 156 (67.4) Minimal -9% 0 0
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 159 (77.6) Minimal 105 157 (70.9) Minimal -27.6% 2 -6.7
University of New Mexico 116 156 (67.4) Minimal 123 153 (55.6) Low +6% 3 -11.8
University of North Carolina 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 213 161 (83.4) Minimal -16.1% 2 -4.7
University of North Dakota 83 151 (48.1) Modest 71 148 (36.3) High -14.5% 3 -11.8
University of Notre Dame 172 167 (94.6) Minimal 198 164 (90) Minimal +15.1% 3 -4.6
University of Oklahoma 174 159 (77.6) Minimal 159 157 (70.9) Minimal -8.6% 2 -6.7
University of Oregon 177 159 (77.6) Minimal 144 157 (70.9) Minimal -18.6% 2 -6.7
University of Pennsylvania 250 170 (97.4) Minimal 244 169 (96.7) Minimal -2.4% 1 -0.7
University of Pittsburgh 259 160 (80.4) Minimal 141 156 (67.4) Minimal -45.6% 4 -13
University of Richmond 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 115 160 (80.4) Minimal -21.2% 2 -5.5
University of San Diego 330 161 (83.4) Minimal 240 158 (74.6) Minimal -27.3% 3 -8.8
University of San Francisco 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 143 152 (52.2) Modest -43% 7 -25.4
University of South Carolina 239 159 (77.6) Minimal 215 154 (59.7) Low -10% 5 -17.9
University of South Dakota 75 150 (44.3) Modest 57 147 (33) High -24% 3 -11.3
University of Southern California 220 167 (94.6) Minimal 187 165 (92) Minimal -15% 2 -2.6
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 146 154 (59.7) Low -13.1% 2 -7.7
University of Tennessee 169 160 (80.4) Minimal 123 158 (74.6) Minimal -27.2% 2 -5.8
University of Texas 389 167 (94.6) Minimal 308 167 (94.6) Minimal -20.8% 0 0
University of The District of Columbia 131 152 (52.2) Modest 93 148 (36.3) High -29% 4 -15.9
University of the Pacific 346 158 (74.6) Minimal 152 151 (48.1) Modest -56.1% 7 -26.5
University of Toledo 157 152 (52.2) Modest 92 152 (52.2) Modest -41.4% 0 0
University of Tulsa 146 155 (63.9) Low 94 154 (59.7) Low -35.6% 1 -4.2
University of Utah 122 161 (83.4) Minimal 91 158 (74.6) Minimal -25.4% 3 -8.8
University of Virginia 368 170 (97.4) Minimal 319 169 (96.7) Minimal -13.3% 1 -0.7
University of Washington 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 166 163 (88.1) Minimal -10.8% 0 0
University of Wisconsin 246 163 (88.1) Minimal 151 161 (83.4) Minimal -38.6% 2 -4.7
University of Wyoming 82 154 (59.7) Low 72 151 (48.1) Modest -12.2% 3 -11.6
Valparaiso University 207 150 (44.3) Modest 28 151 (48.1) Modest -86.5% 1 +3.8
Vanderbilt University 193 169 (96.7) Minimal 168 166 (93.2) Minimal -13% 3 -3.5
Vermont Law School 212 156 (67.4) Minimal 161 151 (48.1) Modest -24.1% 5 -19.3
Villanova University 251 160 (80.4) Minimal 175 158 (74.6) Minimal -30.3% 2 -5.8
Wake Forest University 165 163 (88.1) Minimal 157 161 (83.4) Minimal -4.8% 2 -4.7
Washburn University 169 155 (63.9) Low 114 152 (52.2) Modest -32.5% 3 -11.7
Washington and Lee University 144 166 (93.2) Minimal 164 161 (83.4) Minimal +13.9% 5 -9.8
Washington University in St Louis 276 167 (94.6) Minimal 225 168 (95.9) Minimal -18.5% 1 +1.3
Wayne State University 197 156 (67.4) Minimal 147 157 (70.9) Minimal -25.4% 1 +3.5
West Virginia University 137 154 (59.7) Low 109 153 (55.6) Low -20.4% 1 -4.1
Western New England University School of Law 168 153 (55.6) Low 93 148 (36.3) High -44.6% 5 -19.3
Western State University 242 150 (44.3) Modest 164 147 (33) High -32.2% 3 -11.3
Willamette University 158 156 (67.4) Minimal 110 152 (52.2) Modest -30.4% 4 -15.2
Yale University 205 173 (99) Minimal 205 173 (99) Minimal 0% 0 0
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 163 (88.1) Minimal 368 159 (77.6) Minimal -3.7% 4 -10.5
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 150 (44.3) Modest 216 146 (29.5) Very High -18.5% 4 -14.8
University of California - Irvine 83 165 (92) Minimal 159 163 (88.1) Minimal +91.6% 2 -3.9
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 150 (44.3) Modest 128 147 (33) High -28.1% 3 -11.3
Widener University - Delaware 389 152 (52.2) Modest 206 148 (36.3) High -47% 4 -15.9

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.