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Years Compared: 2010 to 2018

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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 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.

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 2018. 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 2018 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 182 153 (55.6) Low -22.9% 1 -4.1
American University 502 163 (88.1) Minimal 463 158 (74.6) Minimal -7.8% 5 -13.5
Appalachian School of Law 127 147 (33) High 50 144 (22.9) Extreme -60.6% 3 -10.1
Arizona State University 191 161 (83.4) Minimal 273 163 (88.1) Minimal +42.9% 2 +4.7
Ave Maria School of Law 203 149 (40.3) High 96 148 (36.3) High -52.7% 1 -4
Barry University 254 151 (48.1) Modest 255 148 (36.3) High +0.4% 3 -11.8
Baylor University 183 162 (85.9) Minimal 172 160 (80.4) Minimal -6% 2 -5.5
Boston College 261 166 (93.2) Minimal 231 164 (90) Minimal -11.5% 2 -3.2
Boston University 268 166 (93.2) Minimal 284 166 (93.2) Minimal +6% 0 0
Brigham Young University 150 164 (90) Minimal 106 164 (90) Minimal -29.3% 0 0
Brooklyn Law School 486 163 (88.1) Minimal 356 157 (70.9) Minimal -26.7% 6 -17.2
California Western School of Law 382 154 (59.7) Low 262 150 (44.3) Modest -31.4% 4 -15.4
Campbell University 162 156 (67.4) Minimal 183 152 (52.2) Modest +13% 4 -15.2
Capital University 246 153 (55.6) Low 158 149 (40.3) High -35.8% 4 -15.3
Case Western Reserve University 236 160 (80.4) Minimal 157 159 (77.6) Minimal -33.5% 1 -2.8
Catholic University of America 274 159 (77.6) Minimal 138 153 (55.6) Low -49.6% 6 -22
Chapman University 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 155 157 (70.9) Minimal -26.9% 2 -6.7
Charleston School of Law 237 154 (59.7) Low 206 147 (33) High -13.1% 7 -26.7
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 155 (63.9) Low 140 153 (55.6) Low -28.2% 2 -8.3
William and Mary 217 165 (92) Minimal 193 162 (85.9) Minimal -11.1% 3 -6.1
Columbia University 404 172 (98.6) Minimal 412 172 (98.6) Minimal +2% 0 0
Cornell University 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 195 167 (94.6) Minimal -4.9% 1 -1.3
Creighton University 144 154 (59.7) Low 112 153 (55.6) Low -22.2% 1 -4.1
CUNY 163 154 (59.7) Low 208 154 (59.7) Low +27.6% 0 0
DePaul University 312 160 (80.4) Minimal 236 153 (55.6) Low -24.4% 7 -24.8
Drake University 155 156 (67.4) Minimal 106 153 (55.6) Low -31.6% 3 -11.8
Drexel University 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 154 156 (67.4) Minimal +5.5% 3 -10.2
Duke University 238 170 (97.4) Minimal 235 169 (96.7) Minimal -1.3% 1 -0.7
Duquesne University 212 153 (55.6) Low 188 152 (52.2) Modest -11.3% 1 -3.4
Elon Law School 132 155 (63.9) Low 146 150 (44.3) Modest +10.6% 5 -19.6
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 269 165 (92) Minimal -8.2% 1 -1.2
Faulkner University 145 150 (44.3) Modest 59 149 (40.3) High -59.3% 1 -4
Florida A&M University 288 147 (33) High 190 146 (29.5) Very High -34% 1 -3.5
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 149 (40.3) High 60 150 (44.3) Modest -92.6% 1 +4
Florida International University 161 155 (63.9) Low 161 156 (67.4) Minimal 0% 1 +3.5
Florida State University 199 162 (85.9) Minimal 213 160 (80.4) Minimal +7% 2 -5.5
Fordham University 477 166 (93.2) Minimal 415 164 (90) Minimal -13% 2 -3.2
University of New Hampshire 132 153 (55.6) Low 91 156 (67.4) Minimal -31.1% 3 +11.8
George Mason University 303 164 (90) Minimal 160 163 (88.1) Minimal -47.2% 1 -1.9
George Washington University 523 167 (94.6) Minimal 564 165 (92) Minimal +7.8% 2 -2.6
Georgetown University 591 170 (97.4) Minimal 581 167 (94.6) Minimal -1.7% 3 -2.8
Georgia State University 224 161 (83.4) Minimal 201 158 (74.6) Minimal -10.3% 3 -8.8
Golden Gate University 320 154 (59.7) Low 237 150 (44.3) Modest -25.9% 4 -15.4
Gonzaga University 183 155 (63.9) Low 145 154 (59.7) Low -20.8% 1 -4.2
Harvard University 561 173 (99) Minimal 566 173 (99) Minimal +0.9% 0 0
Hofstra University 365 158 (74.6) Minimal 257 153 (55.6) Low -29.6% 5 -19
Howard University 156 154 (59.7) Low 155 151 (48.1) Modest -0.6% 3 -11.6
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 161 (83.4) Minimal 246 157 (70.9) Minimal -20.6% 4 -12.5
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 174 162 (85.9) Minimal -30.4% 2 -4.1
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 155 (63.9) Low 255 153 (55.6) Low -9.6% 2 -8.3
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 154 (59.7) Low 336 149 (40.3) High -37.7% 5 -19.4
Lewis and Clark College 247 162 (85.9) Minimal 167 158 (74.6) Minimal -32.4% 4 -11.3
Liberty University 135 150 (44.3) Modest 72 152 (52.2) Modest -46.7% 2 +7.9
Louisiana State University 222 158 (74.6) Minimal 206 154 (59.7) Low -7.2% 4 -14.9
Loyola Marymount University 403 161 (83.4) Minimal 318 160 (80.4) Minimal -21.1% 1 -3
Loyola University Chicago 292 161 (83.4) Minimal 273 157 (70.9) Minimal -6.5% 4 -12.5
Loyola University New Orleans 246 153 (55.6) Low 162 152 (52.2) Modest -34.1% 1 -3.4
Marquette University 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 190 154 (59.7) Low -23.1% 3 -11.2
Mercer University 166 156 (67.4) Minimal 142 152 (52.2) Modest -14.5% 4 -15.2
Michigan State University 299 157 (70.9) Minimal 208 154 (59.7) Low -30.4% 3 -11.2
Mississippi College 212 150 (44.3) Modest 123 148 (36.3) High -42% 2 -8
New England School of Law 393 153 (55.6) Low 185 150 (44.3) Modest -52.9% 3 -11.3
New York Law School 641 155 (63.9) Low 381 153 (55.6) Low -40.6% 2 -8.3
New York University 476 172 (98.6) Minimal 425 170 (97.4) Minimal -10.7% 2 -1.2
North Carolina Central University 206 146 (29.5) Very High 103 146 (29.5) Very High -50% 0 0
Northeastern University 220 161 (83.4) Minimal 202 161 (83.4) Minimal -8.2% 0 0
Northern Illinois University 135 153 (55.6) Low 90 149 (40.3) High -33.3% 4 -15.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 155 (63.9) Low 143 150 (44.3) Modest -28.1% 5 -19.6
Northwestern University 274 170 (97.4) Minimal 245 169 (96.7) Minimal -10.6% 1 -0.7
Nova Southeastern University 386 150 (44.3) Modest 198 150 (44.3) Modest -48.7% 0 0
Ohio Northern University 120 154 (59.7) Low 51 151 (48.1) Modest -57.5% 3 -11.6
Ohio State University 230 163 (88.1) Minimal 187 161 (83.4) Minimal -18.7% 2 -4.7
Oklahoma City University 224 150 (44.3) Modest 162 149 (40.3) High -27.7% 1 -4
Pace University 299 154 (59.7) Low 224 151 (48.1) Modest -25.1% 3 -11.6
Pepperdine University 222 163 (88.1) Minimal 159 160 (80.4) Minimal -28.4% 3 -7.7
Arizona Summit Law School 392 150 (44.3) Modest 17 (0) Minimal -95.7% 150 -44.3
Quinnipiac University 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 113 152 (52.2) Modest -30.7% 5 -18.7
Regent University 168 152 (52.2) Modest 97 154 (59.7) Low -42.3% 2 +7.5
Roger Williams University 198 151 (48.1) Modest 168 148 (36.3) High -15.2% 3 -11.8
Samford University 166 155 (63.9) Low 145 151 (48.1) Modest -12.7% 4 -15.8
Santa Clara University 314 160 (80.4) Minimal 239 155 (63.9) Low -23.9% 5 -16.5
Seattle University 324 158 (74.6) Minimal 215 154 (59.7) Low -33.6% 4 -14.9
Seton Hall University 358 159 (77.6) Minimal 246 158 (74.6) Minimal -31.3% 1 -3
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 153 (55.6) Low 341 151 (48.1) Modest -26% 2 -7.5
Southern Illinois University 144 153 (55.6) Low 76 150 (44.3) Modest -47.2% 3 -11.3
Southern Methodist University 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 205 161 (83.4) Minimal -19.3% 2 -4.7
Southern University Law Center 320 145 (26.1) Very High 242 144 (22.9) Extreme -24.4% 1 -3.2
Southwestern Law School 410 155 (63.9) Low 277 153 (55.6) Low -32.4% 2 -8.3
St. John's University 341 161 (83.4) Minimal 232 159 (77.6) Minimal -32% 2 -5.8
St. Louis University 334 156 (67.4) Minimal 176 155 (63.9) Low -47.3% 1 -3.5
St. Mary's University 301 153 (55.6) Low 238 151 (48.1) Modest -20.9% 2 -7.5
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 150 (44.3) Modest 184 148 (36.3) High -33.1% 2 -8
Stanford University 180 170 (97.4) Minimal 180 171 (98) Minimal 0% 1 +0.6
Stetson University 360 156 (67.4) Minimal 284 155 (63.9) Low -21.1% 1 -3.5
Suffolk University 531 156 (67.4) Minimal 379 153 (55.6) Low -28.6% 3 -11.8
Syracuse University 252 155 (63.9) Low 189 154 (59.7) Low -25% 1 -4.2
Temple University 326 161 (83.4) Minimal 226 161 (83.4) Minimal -30.7% 0 0
Texas Southern University 212 148 (36.3) High 217 144 (22.9) Extreme +2.4% 4 -13.4
Texas Tech University 244 156 (67.4) Minimal 150 155 (63.9) Low -38.5% 1 -3.5
Texas A&M 253 153 (55.6) Low 182 157 (70.9) Minimal -28.1% 4 +15.3
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 151 (48.1) Modest 59 147 (33) High -86% 4 -15.1
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 146 (29.5) Very High 541 142 (17.8) Extreme -65.8% 4 -11.7
Touro College 280 151 (48.1) Modest 209 148 (36.3) High -25.4% 3 -11.8
Tulane University 258 162 (85.9) Minimal 211 159 (77.6) Minimal -18.2% 3 -8.3
SUNY Buffalo 219 158 (74.6) Minimal 151 153 (55.6) Low -31.1% 5 -19
University of Akron 177 155 (63.9) Low 143 153 (55.6) Low -19.2% 2 -8.3
University of Alabama 161 165 (92) Minimal 117 164 (90) Minimal -27.3% 1 -2
University of Arizona 157 162 (85.9) Minimal 117 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.5% 1 -2.5
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 157 (70.9) Minimal 126 154 (59.7) Low -8.7% 3 -11.2
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 154 (59.7) Low 138 151 (48.1) Modest -12.1% 3 -11.6
University of Baltimore 363 155 (63.9) Low 226 152 (52.2) Modest -37.7% 3 -11.7
University of California - Hastings 383 164 (90) Minimal 310 158 (74.6) Minimal -19.1% 6 -15.4
University of California - Berkeley 286 167 (94.6) Minimal 313 168 (95.9) Minimal +9.4% 1 +1.3
University of California - Davis 196 163 (88.1) Minimal 206 162 (85.9) Minimal +5.1% 1 -2.2
University of California - Los Angeles 308 168 (95.9) Minimal 311 168 (95.9) Minimal +1% 0 0
University of Chicago 205 171 (98) Minimal 193 171 (98) Minimal -5.9% 0 0
University of Cincinnati 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 136 157 (70.9) Minimal -5.6% 4 -12.5
University of Colorado 180 164 (90) Minimal 172 162 (85.9) Minimal -4.4% 2 -4.1
University of Connecticut 186 161 (83.4) Minimal 138 158 (74.6) Minimal -25.8% 3 -8.8
University of Dayton 207 152 (52.2) Modest 100 149 (40.3) High -51.7% 3 -11.9
University of Denver 301 159 (77.6) Minimal 248 158 (74.6) Minimal -17.6% 1 -3
University of Detroit Mercy 257 150 (44.3) Modest 189 152 (52.2) Modest -26.5% 2 +7.9
University of Florida 310 162 (85.9) Minimal 248 163 (88.1) Minimal -20% 1 +2.2
University of Georgia 248 164 (90) Minimal 208 163 (88.1) Minimal -16.1% 1 -1.9
University of Hawaii 113 156 (67.4) Minimal 116 154 (59.7) Low +2.7% 2 -7.7
University of Houston 266 162 (85.9) Minimal 202 160 (80.4) Minimal -24.1% 2 -5.5
University of Idaho 130 154 (59.7) Low 114 153 (55.6) Low -12.3% 1 -4.1
University of Illinois 228 167 (94.6) Minimal 124 162 (85.9) Minimal -45.6% 5 -8.7
University of Iowa 203 161 (83.4) Minimal 143 161 (83.4) Minimal -29.6% 0 0
University of Kansas 165 158 (74.6) Minimal 108 157 (70.9) Minimal -34.5% 1 -3.7
University of Kentucky 135 160 (80.4) Minimal 151 155 (63.9) Low +11.9% 5 -16.5
University of La Verne 166 152 (52.2) Modest 95 149 (40.3) High -42.8% 3 -11.9
University of Louisville 143 157 (70.9) Minimal 126 153 (55.6) Low -11.9% 4 -15.3
University of Maine 95 156 (67.4) Minimal 81 154 (59.7) Low -14.7% 2 -7.7
University of Maryland 296 161 (83.4) Minimal 220 158 (74.6) Minimal -25.7% 3 -8.8
University of Memphis 158 155 (63.9) Low 130 152 (52.2) Modest -17.7% 3 -11.7
University of Miami 489 158 (74.6) Minimal 339 158 (74.6) Minimal -30.7% 0 0
University of Michigan 376 169 (96.7) Minimal 361 169 (96.7) Minimal -4% 0 0
University of Minnesota 260 167 (94.6) Minimal 223 164 (90) Minimal -14.2% 3 -4.6
University of Mississippi 199 156 (67.4) Minimal 145 155 (63.9) Low -27.1% 1 -3.5
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 159 (77.6) Minimal 90 157 (70.9) Minimal -39.2% 2 -6.7
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 127 153 (55.6) Low -18.6% 3 -11.8
University of Montana 85 155 (63.9) Low 79 155 (63.9) Low -7.1% 0 0
University of Nebraska 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 136 156 (67.4) Minimal -6.2% 0 0
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 159 (77.6) Minimal 157 158 (74.6) Minimal +8.3% 1 -3
University of New Mexico 116 156 (67.4) Minimal 106 153 (55.6) Low -8.6% 3 -11.8
University of North Carolina 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 209 161 (83.4) Minimal -17.7% 2 -4.7
University of North Dakota 83 151 (48.1) Modest 62 148 (36.3) High -25.3% 3 -11.8
University of Notre Dame 172 167 (94.6) Minimal 190 165 (92) Minimal +10.5% 2 -2.6
University of Oklahoma 174 159 (77.6) Minimal 174 157 (70.9) Minimal 0% 2 -6.7
University of Oregon 177 159 (77.6) Minimal 126 157 (70.9) Minimal -28.8% 2 -6.7
University of Pennsylvania 250 170 (97.4) Minimal 251 170 (97.4) Minimal +0.4% 0 0
University of Pittsburgh 259 160 (80.4) Minimal 130 157 (70.9) Minimal -49.8% 3 -9.5
University of Richmond 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 143 161 (83.4) Minimal -2.1% 1 -2.5
University of San Diego 330 161 (83.4) Minimal 240 159 (77.6) Minimal -27.3% 2 -5.8
University of San Francisco 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 141 152 (52.2) Modest -43.8% 7 -25.4
University of South Carolina 239 159 (77.6) Minimal 214 155 (63.9) Low -10.5% 4 -13.7
University of South Dakota 75 150 (44.3) Modest 71 150 (44.3) Modest -5.3% 0 0
University of Southern California 220 167 (94.6) Minimal 199 166 (93.2) Minimal -9.5% 1 -1.4
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 149 154 (59.7) Low -11.3% 2 -7.7
University of Tennessee 169 160 (80.4) Minimal 124 158 (74.6) Minimal -26.6% 2 -5.8
University of Texas 389 167 (94.6) Minimal 377 167 (94.6) Minimal -3.1% 0 0
University of The District of Columbia 131 152 (52.2) Modest 64 147 (33) High -51.1% 5 -19.2
University of the Pacific 346 158 (74.6) Minimal 193 153 (55.6) Low -44.2% 5 -19
University of Toledo 157 152 (52.2) Modest 96 152 (52.2) Modest -38.9% 0 0
University of Tulsa 146 155 (63.9) Low 100 154 (59.7) Low -31.5% 1 -4.2
University of Utah 122 161 (83.4) Minimal 99 159 (77.6) Minimal -18.9% 2 -5.8
University of Virginia 368 170 (97.4) Minimal 320 169 (96.7) Minimal -13% 1 -0.7
University of Washington 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 174 163 (88.1) Minimal -6.5% 0 0
University of Wisconsin 246 163 (88.1) Minimal 275 162 (85.9) Minimal +11.8% 1 -2.2
University of Wyoming 82 154 (59.7) Low 85 152 (52.2) Modest +3.7% 2 -7.5
Vanderbilt University 193 169 (96.7) Minimal 180 167 (94.6) Minimal -6.7% 2 -2.1
Vermont Law School 212 156 (67.4) Minimal 194 151 (48.1) Modest -8.5% 5 -19.3
Villanova University 251 160 (80.4) Minimal 183 158 (74.6) Minimal -27.1% 2 -5.8
Wake Forest University 165 163 (88.1) Minimal 179 162 (85.9) Minimal +8.5% 1 -2.2
Washburn University 169 155 (63.9) Low 113 153 (55.6) Low -33.1% 2 -8.3
Washington and Lee University 144 166 (93.2) Minimal 130 163 (88.1) Minimal -9.7% 3 -5.1
Washington University in St Louis 276 167 (94.6) Minimal 243 168 (95.9) Minimal -12% 1 +1.3
Wayne State University 197 156 (67.4) Minimal 128 158 (74.6) Minimal -35% 2 +7.2
West Virginia University 137 154 (59.7) Low 111 153 (55.6) Low -19% 1 -4.1
Western New England University School of Law 168 153 (55.6) Low 88 148 (36.3) High -47.6% 5 -19.3
Western State University 242 150 (44.3) Modest 162 148 (36.3) High -33.1% 2 -8
Willamette University 158 156 (67.4) Minimal 129 152 (52.2) Modest -18.4% 4 -15.2
Yale University 205 173 (99) Minimal 204 173 (99) Minimal -0.5% 0 0
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 163 (88.1) Minimal 334 161 (83.4) Minimal -12.6% 2 -4.7
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 150 (44.3) Modest 108 149 (40.3) High -59.2% 1 -4
University of California - Irvine 83 165 (92) Minimal 229 163 (88.1) Minimal +175.9% 2 -3.9
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 150 (44.3) Modest 117 147 (33) High -34.3% 3 -11.3
Widener University - Delaware 389 152 (52.2) Modest 212 148 (36.3) High -45.5% 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.