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Years Compared: 2010 to 2019

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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 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.

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 2019. 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 2019 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 176 153 (55.6) Low -25.4% 1 -4.1
American University 502 163 (88.1) Minimal 381 159 (77.6) Minimal -24.1% 4 -10.5
Appalachian School of Law 127 147 (33) High 61 145 (26.1) Very High -52% 2 -6.9
Arizona State University 191 161 (83.4) Minimal 273 164 (90) Minimal +42.9% 3 +6.6
Ave Maria School of Law 203 149 (40.3) High 109 148 (36.3) High -46.3% 1 -4
Barry University 254 151 (48.1) Modest 245 148 (36.3) High -3.5% 3 -11.8
Baylor University 183 162 (85.9) Minimal 169 160 (80.4) Minimal -7.7% 2 -5.5
Boston College 261 166 (93.2) Minimal 254 164 (90) Minimal -2.7% 2 -3.2
Boston University 268 166 (93.2) Minimal 231 166 (93.2) Minimal -13.8% 0 0
Brigham Young University 150 164 (90) Minimal 123 164 (90) Minimal -18% 0 0
Brooklyn Law School 486 163 (88.1) Minimal 401 157 (70.9) Minimal -17.5% 6 -17.2
California Western School of Law 382 154 (59.7) Low 275 151 (48.1) Modest -28% 3 -11.6
Campbell University 162 156 (67.4) Minimal 174 153 (55.6) Low +7.4% 3 -11.8
Capital University 246 153 (55.6) Low 164 150 (44.3) Modest -33.3% 3 -11.3
Case Western Reserve University 236 160 (80.4) Minimal 119 159 (77.6) Minimal -49.6% 1 -2.8
Catholic University of America 274 159 (77.6) Minimal 155 155 (63.9) Low -43.4% 4 -13.7
Chapman University 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 148 158 (74.6) Minimal -30.2% 1 -3
Charleston School of Law 237 154 (59.7) Low 219 148 (36.3) High -7.6% 6 -23.4
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 155 (63.9) Low 144 154 (59.7) Low -26.2% 1 -4.2
William and Mary 217 165 (92) Minimal 240 163 (88.1) Minimal +10.6% 2 -3.9
Columbia University 404 172 (98.6) Minimal 364 172 (98.6) Minimal -9.9% 0 0
Cornell University 205 168 (95.9) Minimal 198 168 (95.9) Minimal -3.4% 0 0
Creighton University 144 154 (59.7) Low 113 152 (52.2) Modest -21.5% 2 -7.5
CUNY 163 154 (59.7) Low 221 154 (59.7) Low +35.6% 0 0
DePaul University 312 160 (80.4) Minimal 192 155 (63.9) Low -38.5% 5 -16.5
Drake University 155 156 (67.4) Minimal 116 154 (59.7) Low -25.2% 2 -7.7
Drexel University 146 159 (77.6) Minimal 160 157 (70.9) Minimal +9.6% 2 -6.7
Duke University 238 170 (97.4) Minimal 219 169 (96.7) Minimal -8% 1 -0.7
Duquesne University 212 153 (55.6) Low 152 152 (52.2) Modest -28.3% 1 -3.4
Elon Law School 132 155 (63.9) Low 144 149 (40.3) High +9.1% 6 -23.6
Emory University 293 166 (93.2) Minimal 245 165 (92) Minimal -16.4% 1 -1.2
Faulkner University 145 150 (44.3) Modest 60 150 (44.3) Modest -58.6% 0 0
Florida A&M University 288 147 (33) High 212 146 (29.5) Very High -26.4% 1 -3.5
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 149 (40.3) High 87 147 (33) High -89.2% 2 -7.3
Florida International University 161 155 (63.9) Low 152 157 (70.9) Minimal -5.6% 2 +7
Florida State University 199 162 (85.9) Minimal 192 160 (80.4) Minimal -3.5% 2 -5.5
Fordham University 477 166 (93.2) Minimal 416 164 (90) Minimal -12.8% 2 -3.2
University of New Hampshire 132 153 (55.6) Low 139 156 (67.4) Minimal +5.3% 3 +11.8
George Mason University 303 164 (90) Minimal 139 164 (90) Minimal -54.1% 0 0
George Washington University 523 167 (94.6) Minimal 506 166 (93.2) Minimal -3.3% 1 -1.4
Georgetown University 591 170 (97.4) Minimal 573 168 (95.9) Minimal -3% 2 -1.5
Georgia State University 224 161 (83.4) Minimal 217 158 (74.6) Minimal -3.1% 3 -8.8
Golden Gate University 320 154 (59.7) Low 127 150 (44.3) Modest -60.3% 4 -15.4
Gonzaga University 183 155 (63.9) Low 139 154 (59.7) Low -24% 1 -4.2
Harvard University 561 173 (99) Minimal 564 173 (99) Minimal +0.5% 0 0
Hofstra University 365 158 (74.6) Minimal 262 154 (59.7) Low -28.2% 4 -14.9
Howard University 156 154 (59.7) Low 160 152 (52.2) Modest +2.6% 2 -7.5
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 161 (83.4) Minimal 240 158 (74.6) Minimal -22.6% 3 -8.8
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 169 162 (85.9) Minimal -32.4% 2 -4.1
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 155 (63.9) Low 256 154 (59.7) Low -9.2% 1 -4.2
University of Illinois Chicago School of Law 539 154 (59.7) Low 341 150 (44.3) Modest -36.7% 4 -15.4
Lewis and Clark College 247 162 (85.9) Minimal 180 158 (74.6) Minimal -27.1% 4 -11.3
Liberty University 135 150 (44.3) Modest 84 152 (52.2) Modest -37.8% 2 +7.9
Louisiana State University 222 158 (74.6) Minimal 206 155 (63.9) Low -7.2% 3 -10.7
Loyola Marymount University 403 161 (83.4) Minimal 327 160 (80.4) Minimal -18.9% 1 -3
Loyola University Chicago 292 161 (83.4) Minimal 259 159 (77.6) Minimal -11.3% 2 -5.8
Loyola University New Orleans 246 153 (55.6) Low 172 151 (48.1) Modest -30.1% 2 -7.5
Marquette University 247 157 (70.9) Minimal 197 154 (59.7) Low -20.2% 3 -11.2
Mercer University 166 156 (67.4) Minimal 134 153 (55.6) Low -19.3% 3 -11.8
Michigan State University 299 157 (70.9) Minimal 238 155 (63.9) Low -20.4% 2 -7
Mississippi College 212 150 (44.3) Modest 126 148 (36.3) High -40.6% 2 -8
New England School of Law 393 153 (55.6) Low 351 152 (52.2) Modest -10.7% 1 -3.4
New York Law School 641 155 (63.9) Low 385 153 (55.6) Low -39.9% 2 -8.3
New York University 476 172 (98.6) Minimal 427 170 (97.4) Minimal -10.3% 2 -1.2
North Carolina Central University 206 146 (29.5) Very High 142 146 (29.5) Very High -31.1% 0 0
Northeastern University 220 161 (83.4) Minimal 208 162 (85.9) Minimal -5.5% 1 +2.5
Northern Illinois University 135 153 (55.6) Low 121 150 (44.3) Modest -10.4% 3 -11.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 155 (63.9) Low 129 151 (48.1) Modest -35.2% 4 -15.8
Northwestern University 274 170 (97.4) Minimal 243 169 (96.7) Minimal -11.3% 1 -0.7
Nova Southeastern University 386 150 (44.3) Modest 206 151 (48.1) Modest -46.6% 1 +3.8
Ohio Northern University 120 154 (59.7) Low 50 151 (48.1) Modest -58.3% 3 -11.6
Ohio State University 230 163 (88.1) Minimal 193 161 (83.4) Minimal -16.1% 2 -4.7
Oklahoma City University 224 150 (44.3) Modest 170 149 (40.3) High -24.1% 1 -4
Pace University 299 154 (59.7) Low 263 151 (48.1) Modest -12% 3 -11.6
Pepperdine University 222 163 (88.1) Minimal 191 161 (83.4) Minimal -14% 2 -4.7
Quinnipiac University 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 144 152 (52.2) Modest -11.7% 5 -18.7
Regent University 168 152 (52.2) Modest 107 155 (63.9) Low -36.3% 3 +11.7
Roger Williams University 198 151 (48.1) Modest 169 149 (40.3) High -14.6% 2 -7.8
Samford University 166 155 (63.9) Low 159 153 (55.6) Low -4.2% 2 -8.3
Santa Clara University 314 160 (80.4) Minimal 241 156 (67.4) Minimal -23.2% 4 -13
Seattle University 324 158 (74.6) Minimal 226 155 (63.9) Low -30.2% 3 -10.7
Seton Hall University 358 159 (77.6) Minimal 213 158 (74.6) Minimal -40.5% 1 -3
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 153 (55.6) Low 356 152 (52.2) Modest -22.8% 1 -3.4
Southern Illinois University 144 153 (55.6) Low 85 149 (40.3) High -41% 4 -15.3
Southern Methodist University 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 273 161 (83.4) Minimal +7.5% 2 -4.7
Southern University Law Center 320 145 (26.1) Very High 241 145 (26.1) Very High -24.7% 0 0
Southwestern Law School 410 155 (63.9) Low 341 153 (55.6) Low -16.8% 2 -8.3
St. John's University 341 161 (83.4) Minimal 254 159 (77.6) Minimal -25.5% 2 -5.8
St. Louis University 334 156 (67.4) Minimal 199 155 (63.9) Low -40.4% 1 -3.5
St. Mary's University 301 153 (55.6) Low 257 151 (48.1) Modest -14.6% 2 -7.5
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 150 (44.3) Modest 233 149 (40.3) High -15.3% 1 -4
Stanford University 180 170 (97.4) Minimal 180 171 (98) Minimal 0% 1 +0.6
Stetson University 360 156 (67.4) Minimal 298 155 (63.9) Low -17.2% 1 -3.5
Suffolk University 531 156 (67.4) Minimal 368 152 (52.2) Modest -30.7% 4 -15.2
Syracuse University 252 155 (63.9) Low 266 154 (59.7) Low +5.6% 1 -4.2
Temple University 326 161 (83.4) Minimal 238 161 (83.4) Minimal -27% 0 0
Texas Southern University 212 148 (36.3) High 180 145 (26.1) Very High -15.1% 3 -10.2
Texas Tech University 244 156 (67.4) Minimal 147 155 (63.9) Low -39.8% 1 -3.5
Texas A&M 253 153 (55.6) Low 173 159 (77.6) Minimal -31.6% 6 +22
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 151 (48.1) Modest 49 149 (40.3) High -88.4% 2 -7.8
Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School 1583 146 (29.5) Very High 292 145 (26.1) Very High -81.6% 1 -3.4
Touro College 280 151 (48.1) Modest 197 149 (40.3) High -29.6% 2 -7.8
Tulane University 258 162 (85.9) Minimal 212 159 (77.6) Minimal -17.8% 3 -8.3
SUNY Buffalo 219 158 (74.6) Minimal 141 154 (59.7) Low -35.6% 4 -14.9
University of Akron 177 155 (63.9) Low 111 153 (55.6) Low -37.3% 2 -8.3
University of Alabama 161 165 (92) Minimal 135 164 (90) Minimal -16.1% 1 -2
University of Arizona 157 162 (85.9) Minimal 133 162 (85.9) Minimal -15.3% 0 0
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 157 (70.9) Minimal 113 156 (67.4) Minimal -18.1% 1 -3.5
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 154 (59.7) Low 155 152 (52.2) Modest -1.3% 2 -7.5
University of Baltimore 363 155 (63.9) Low 221 153 (55.6) Low -39.1% 2 -8.3
University of California - Hastings 383 164 (90) Minimal 346 158 (74.6) Minimal -9.7% 6 -15.4
University of California - Berkeley 286 167 (94.6) Minimal 327 168 (95.9) Minimal +14.3% 1 +1.3
University of California - Davis 196 163 (88.1) Minimal 234 162 (85.9) Minimal +19.4% 1 -2.2
University of California - Los Angeles 308 168 (95.9) Minimal 307 168 (95.9) Minimal -0.3% 0 0
University of Chicago 205 171 (98) Minimal 197 170 (97.4) Minimal -3.9% 1 -0.6
University of Cincinnati 144 161 (83.4) Minimal 135 157 (70.9) Minimal -6.3% 4 -12.5
University of Colorado 180 164 (90) Minimal 176 163 (88.1) Minimal -2.2% 1 -1.9
University of Connecticut 186 161 (83.4) Minimal 164 159 (77.6) Minimal -11.8% 2 -5.8
University of Dayton 207 152 (52.2) Modest 120 150 (44.3) Modest -42% 2 -7.9
University of Denver 301 159 (77.6) Minimal 271 159 (77.6) Minimal -10% 0 0
University of Detroit Mercy 257 150 (44.3) Modest 209 153 (55.6) Low -18.7% 3 +11.3
University of Florida 310 162 (85.9) Minimal 172 164 (90) Minimal -44.5% 2 +4.1
University of Georgia 248 164 (90) Minimal 192 164 (90) Minimal -22.6% 0 0
University of Hawaii 113 156 (67.4) Minimal 103 156 (67.4) Minimal -8.8% 0 0
University of Houston 266 162 (85.9) Minimal 209 160 (80.4) Minimal -21.4% 2 -5.5
University of Idaho 130 154 (59.7) Low 126 153 (55.6) Low -3.1% 1 -4.1
University of Illinois 228 167 (94.6) Minimal 130 162 (85.9) Minimal -43% 5 -8.7
University of Iowa 203 161 (83.4) Minimal 151 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.6% 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 102 155 (63.9) Low -24.4% 5 -16.5
University of La Verne 166 152 (52.2) Modest 99 150 (44.3) Modest -40.4% 2 -7.9
University of Louisville 143 157 (70.9) Minimal 96 154 (59.7) Low -32.9% 3 -11.2
University of Maine 95 156 (67.4) Minimal 91 154 (59.7) Low -4.2% 2 -7.7
University of Maryland 296 161 (83.4) Minimal 216 159 (77.6) Minimal -27% 2 -5.8
University of Memphis 158 155 (63.9) Low 132 152 (52.2) Modest -16.5% 3 -11.7
University of Miami 489 158 (74.6) Minimal 353 158 (74.6) Minimal -27.8% 0 0
University of Michigan 376 169 (96.7) Minimal 318 169 (96.7) Minimal -15.4% 0 0
University of Minnesota 260 167 (94.6) Minimal 240 165 (92) Minimal -7.7% 2 -2.6
University of Mississippi 199 156 (67.4) Minimal 157 155 (63.9) Low -21.1% 1 -3.5
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 159 (77.6) Minimal 96 157 (70.9) Minimal -35.1% 2 -6.7
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 125 153 (55.6) Low -19.9% 3 -11.8
University of Montana 85 155 (63.9) Low 88 154 (59.7) Low +3.5% 1 -4.2
University of Nebraska 145 156 (67.4) Minimal 146 157 (70.9) Minimal +0.7% 1 +3.5
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 159 (77.6) Minimal 130 159 (77.6) Minimal -10.3% 0 0
University of New Mexico 116 156 (67.4) Minimal 82 155 (63.9) Low -29.3% 1 -3.5
University of North Carolina 254 163 (88.1) Minimal 186 161 (83.4) Minimal -26.8% 2 -4.7
University of North Dakota 83 151 (48.1) Modest 84 149 (40.3) High +1.2% 2 -7.8
University of Notre Dame 172 167 (94.6) Minimal 214 165 (92) Minimal +24.4% 2 -2.6
University of Oklahoma 174 159 (77.6) Minimal 168 157 (70.9) Minimal -3.4% 2 -6.7
University of Oregon 177 159 (77.6) Minimal 153 157 (70.9) Minimal -13.6% 2 -6.7
University of Pennsylvania 250 170 (97.4) Minimal 249 170 (97.4) Minimal -0.4% 0 0
University of Pittsburgh 259 160 (80.4) Minimal 120 158 (74.6) Minimal -53.7% 2 -5.8
University of Richmond 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 135 161 (83.4) Minimal -7.5% 1 -2.5
University of San Diego 330 161 (83.4) Minimal 248 159 (77.6) Minimal -24.8% 2 -5.8
University of San Francisco 251 159 (77.6) Minimal 149 153 (55.6) Low -40.6% 6 -22
University of South Carolina 239 159 (77.6) Minimal 212 155 (63.9) Low -11.3% 4 -13.7
University of South Dakota 75 150 (44.3) Modest 84 152 (52.2) Modest +12% 2 +7.9
University of Southern California 220 167 (94.6) Minimal 203 166 (93.2) Minimal -7.7% 1 -1.4
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 157 154 (59.7) Low -6.5% 2 -7.7
University of Tennessee 169 160 (80.4) Minimal 126 159 (77.6) Minimal -25.4% 1 -2.8
University of Texas 389 167 (94.6) Minimal 288 168 (95.9) Minimal -26% 1 +1.3
University of The District of Columbia 131 152 (52.2) Modest 79 148 (36.3) High -39.7% 4 -15.9
University of the Pacific 346 158 (74.6) Minimal 176 153 (55.6) Low -49.1% 5 -19
University of Toledo 157 152 (52.2) Modest 104 152 (52.2) Modest -33.8% 0 0
University of Tulsa 146 155 (63.9) Low 118 154 (59.7) Low -19.2% 1 -4.2
University of Utah 122 161 (83.4) Minimal 104 160 (80.4) Minimal -14.8% 1 -3
University of Virginia 368 170 (97.4) Minimal 335 170 (97.4) Minimal -9% 0 0
University of Washington 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 164 162 (85.9) Minimal -11.8% 1 -2.2
University of Wisconsin 246 163 (88.1) Minimal 223 162 (85.9) Minimal -9.3% 1 -2.2
University of Wyoming 82 154 (59.7) Low 73 152 (52.2) Modest -11% 2 -7.5
Vanderbilt University 193 169 (96.7) Minimal 174 167 (94.6) Minimal -9.8% 2 -2.1
Vermont Law School 212 156 (67.4) Minimal 151 150 (44.3) Modest -28.8% 6 -23.1
Villanova University 251 160 (80.4) Minimal 184 159 (77.6) Minimal -26.7% 1 -2.8
Wake Forest University 165 163 (88.1) Minimal 217 162 (85.9) Minimal +31.5% 1 -2.2
Washburn University 169 155 (63.9) Low 97 154 (59.7) Low -42.6% 1 -4.2
Washington and Lee University 144 166 (93.2) Minimal 124 163 (88.1) Minimal -13.9% 3 -5.1
Washington University in St Louis 276 167 (94.6) Minimal 229 169 (96.7) Minimal -17% 2 +2.1
Wayne State University 197 156 (67.4) Minimal 125 159 (77.6) Minimal -36.5% 3 +10.2
West Virginia University 137 154 (59.7) Low 115 154 (59.7) Low -16.1% 0 0
Western New England University School of Law 168 153 (55.6) Low 110 148 (36.3) High -34.5% 5 -19.3
Western State University 242 150 (44.3) Modest 23 148 (36.3) High -90.5% 2 -8
Willamette University 158 156 (67.4) Minimal 126 153 (55.6) Low -20.3% 3 -11.8
Yale University 205 173 (99) Minimal 212 173 (99) Minimal +3.4% 0 0
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 163 (88.1) Minimal 311 162 (85.9) Minimal -18.6% 1 -2.2
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 150 (44.3) Modest 70 150 (44.3) Modest -73.6% 0 0
University of California - Irvine 83 165 (92) Minimal 157 165 (92) Minimal +89.2% 0 0
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 150 (44.3) Modest 111 149 (40.3) High -37.6% 1 -4
Widener University - Delaware 389 152 (52.2) Modest 237 149 (40.3) High -39.1% 3 -11.9

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.