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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 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2010. The end point is the 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2017. If the 75th 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 75th 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. 75th Percentile LSAT Enr. 75th Percentile LSAT Enr. 75th Percentile LSAT
Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score
(%ile Rank)
Risk Band Score %ile Risk Band
Albany Law School 236 157 (70.9) Minimal 150 155 (63.9) Low -36.4% 2 -7
American University 502 164 (90) Minimal 416 158 (74.6) Minimal -17.1% 6 -15.4
Appalachian School of Law 127 151 (48.1) Modest 73 149 (40.3) High -42.5% 2 -7.8
Arizona State University 191 164 (90) Minimal 216 164 (90) Minimal +13.1% 0 0
Ave Maria School of Law 203 153 (55.6) Low 97 150 (44.3) Modest -52.2% 3 -11.3
Barry University 254 154 (59.7) Low 243 151 (48.1) Modest -4.3% 3 -11.6
Baylor University 183 163 (88.1) Minimal 167 160 (80.4) Minimal -8.7% 3 -7.7
Boston College 261 167 (94.6) Minimal 254 164 (90) Minimal -2.7% 3 -4.6
Boston University 268 167 (94.6) Minimal 236 166 (93.2) Minimal -11.9% 1 -1.4
Brigham Young University 150 167 (94.6) Minimal 101 164 (90) Minimal -32.7% 3 -4.6
Brooklyn Law School 486 165 (92) Minimal 369 159 (77.6) Minimal -24.1% 6 -14.4
California Western School of Law 382 157 (70.9) Minimal 263 153 (55.6) Low -31.2% 4 -15.3
Campbell University 162 158 (74.6) Minimal 167 154 (59.7) Low +3.1% 4 -14.9
Capital University 246 155 (63.9) Low 159 152 (52.2) Modest -35.4% 3 -11.7
Case Western Reserve University 236 162 (85.9) Minimal 134 160 (80.4) Minimal -43.2% 2 -5.5
Catholic University of America 274 161 (83.4) Minimal 120 156 (67.4) Minimal -56.2% 5 -16
Chapman University 212 161 (83.4) Minimal 167 158 (74.6) Minimal -21.2% 3 -8.8
Charleston School of Law 237 156 (67.4) Minimal 251 148 (36.3) High +5.9% 8 -31.1
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 157 (70.9) Minimal 108 155 (63.9) Low -44.6% 2 -7
William and Mary 217 166 (93.2) Minimal 186 164 (90) Minimal -14.3% 2 -3.2
Columbia University 404 175 (99.4) Minimal 415 173 (99) Minimal +2.7% 2 -0.4
Cornell University 205 169 (96.7) Minimal 196 168 (95.9) Minimal -4.4% 1 -0.8
Creighton University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 107 156 (67.4) Minimal -25.7% 1 -3.5
CUNY 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 186 157 (70.9) Minimal +14.1% 0 0
DePaul University 312 161 (83.4) Minimal 249 154 (59.7) Low -20.2% 7 -23.7
Drake University 155 158 (74.6) Minimal 103 156 (67.4) Minimal -33.5% 2 -7.2
Drexel University 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 151 157 (70.9) Minimal +3.4% 5 -15
Duke University 238 171 (98) Minimal 214 170 (97.4) Minimal -10.1% 1 -0.6
Duquesne University 212 155 (63.9) Low 148 155 (63.9) Low -30.2% 0 0
Elon Law School 132 159 (77.6) Minimal 138 150 (44.3) Modest +4.5% 9 -33.3
Emory University 293 167 (94.6) Minimal 238 166 (93.2) Minimal -18.8% 1 -1.4
Faulkner University 145 154 (59.7) Low 71 151 (48.1) Modest -51% 3 -11.6
Florida A&M University 288 150 (44.3) Modest 222 149 (40.3) High -22.9% 1 -4
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 152 (52.2) Modest 106 151 (48.1) Modest -86.9% 1 -4.1
Florida International University 161 157 (70.9) Minimal 149 157 (70.9) Minimal -7.5% 0 0
Florida State University 199 164 (90) Minimal 179 160 (80.4) Minimal -10.1% 4 -9.6
Fordham University 477 168 (95.9) Minimal 410 164 (90) Minimal -14% 4 -5.9
University of New Hampshire 132 158 (74.6) Minimal 74 159 (77.6) Minimal -43.9% 1 +3
George Mason University 303 165 (92) Minimal 176 163 (88.1) Minimal -41.9% 2 -3.9
George Washington University 523 168 (95.9) Minimal 407 166 (93.2) Minimal -22.2% 2 -2.7
Georgetown University 591 172 (98.6) Minimal 582 168 (95.9) Minimal -1.5% 4 -2.7
Georgia State University 224 162 (85.9) Minimal 190 159 (77.6) Minimal -15.2% 3 -8.3
Golden Gate University 320 156 (67.4) Minimal 186 151 (48.1) Modest -41.9% 5 -19.3
Gonzaga University 183 157 (70.9) Minimal 119 156 (67.4) Minimal -35% 1 -3.5
Harvard University 561 176 (99.6) Minimal 560 175 (99.4) Minimal -0.2% 1 -0.2
Hofstra University 365 160 (80.4) Minimal 250 155 (63.9) Low -31.5% 5 -16.5
Howard University 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 145 154 (59.7) Low -7.1% 2 -7.7
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 163 (88.1) Minimal 229 158 (74.6) Minimal -26.1% 5 -13.5
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 162 162 (85.9) Minimal -35.2% 2 -4.1
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 159 (77.6) Minimal 240 156 (67.4) Minimal -14.9% 3 -10.2
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 157 (70.9) Minimal 301 151 (48.1) Modest -44.2% 6 -22.8
Lewis and Clark College 247 164 (90) Minimal 170 160 (80.4) Minimal -31.2% 4 -9.6
Liberty University 135 153 (55.6) Low 73 156 (67.4) Minimal -45.9% 3 +11.8
Louisiana State University 222 160 (80.4) Minimal 179 157 (70.9) Minimal -19.4% 3 -9.5
Loyola Marymount University 403 163 (88.1) Minimal 326 161 (83.4) Minimal -19.1% 2 -4.7
Loyola University Chicago 292 162 (85.9) Minimal 258 160 (80.4) Minimal -11.6% 2 -5.5
Loyola University New Orleans 246 157 (70.9) Minimal 177 152 (52.2) Modest -28% 5 -18.7
Marquette University 247 159 (77.6) Minimal 186 156 (67.4) Minimal -24.7% 3 -10.2
Mercer University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 122 155 (63.9) Low -26.5% 3 -10.7
Michigan State University 299 159 (77.6) Minimal 266 157 (70.9) Minimal -11% 2 -6.7
Mississippi College 212 154 (59.7) Low 131 152 (52.2) Modest -38.2% 2 -7.5
New England School of Law 393 154 (59.7) Low 185 153 (55.6) Low -52.9% 1 -4.1
New York Law School 641 157 (70.9) Minimal 377 154 (59.7) Low -41.2% 3 -11.2
New York University 476 175 (99.4) Minimal 427 170 (97.4) Minimal -10.3% 5 -2
North Carolina Central University 206 150 (44.3) Modest 166 149 (40.3) High -19.4% 1 -4
Northeastern University 220 164 (90) Minimal 208 163 (88.1) Minimal -5.5% 1 -1.9
Northern Illinois University 135 155 (63.9) Low 98 153 (55.6) Low -27.4% 2 -8.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 157 (70.9) Minimal 148 152 (52.2) Modest -25.6% 5 -18.7
Northwestern University 274 171 (98) Minimal 228 170 (97.4) Minimal -16.8% 1 -0.6
Nova Southeastern University 386 153 (55.6) Low 226 151 (48.1) Modest -41.5% 2 -7.5
Ohio Northern University 120 156 (67.4) Minimal 52 153 (55.6) Low -56.7% 3 -11.8
Ohio State University 230 164 (90) Minimal 215 163 (88.1) Minimal -6.5% 1 -1.9
Oklahoma City University 224 153 (55.6) Low 163 152 (52.2) Modest -27.2% 1 -3.4
Pace University 299 156 (67.4) Minimal 230 153 (55.6) Low -23.1% 3 -11.8
Pepperdine University 222 165 (92) Minimal 157 162 (85.9) Minimal -29.3% 3 -6.1
Arizona Summit Law School 392 153 (55.6) Low 49 152 (52.2) Modest -87.5% 1 -3.4
Quinnipiac University 163 159 (77.6) Minimal 125 155 (63.9) Low -23.3% 4 -13.7
Regent University 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 93 156 (67.4) Minimal -44.6% 0 0
Roger Williams University 198 154 (59.7) Low 161 151 (48.1) Modest -18.7% 3 -11.6
Samford University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 148 154 (59.7) Low -10.8% 4 -14.9
Santa Clara University 314 162 (85.9) Minimal 220 157 (70.9) Minimal -29.9% 5 -15
Seattle University 324 160 (80.4) Minimal 197 157 (70.9) Minimal -39.2% 3 -9.5
Seton Hall University 358 161 (83.4) Minimal 197 158 (74.6) Minimal -45% 3 -8.8
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 156 (67.4) Minimal 361 153 (55.6) Low -21.7% 3 -11.8
Southern Illinois University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 114 150 (44.3) Modest -20.8% 7 -26.6
Southern Methodist University 254 165 (92) Minimal 208 163 (88.1) Minimal -18.1% 2 -3.9
Southern University Law Center 320 148 (36.3) High 200 146 (29.5) Very High -37.5% 2 -6.8
Southwestern Law School 410 158 (74.6) Minimal 278 155 (63.9) Low -32.2% 3 -10.7
St. John's University 341 162 (85.9) Minimal 251 160 (80.4) Minimal -26.4% 2 -5.5
St. Louis University 334 159 (77.6) Minimal 168 157 (70.9) Minimal -49.7% 2 -6.7
St. Mary's University 301 156 (67.4) Minimal 291 153 (55.6) Low -3.3% 3 -11.8
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 153 (55.6) Low 185 151 (48.1) Modest -32.7% 2 -7.5
Stanford University 180 173 (99) Minimal 180 173 (99) Minimal 0% 0 0
Stetson University 360 158 (74.6) Minimal 267 157 (70.9) Minimal -25.8% 1 -3.7
Suffolk University 531 158 (74.6) Minimal 340 154 (59.7) Low -36% 4 -14.9
Syracuse University 252 157 (70.9) Minimal 197 156 (67.4) Minimal -21.8% 1 -3.5
Temple University 326 164 (90) Minimal 223 162 (85.9) Minimal -31.6% 2 -4.1
Texas Southern University 212 149 (40.3) High 256 146 (29.5) Very High +20.8% 3 -10.8
Texas Tech University 244 158 (74.6) Minimal 139 156 (67.4) Minimal -43% 2 -7.2
Texas A&M 253 156 (67.4) Minimal 138 159 (77.6) Minimal -45.5% 3 +10.2
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 153 (55.6) Low 241 147 (33) High -42.9% 6 -22.6
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 151 (48.1) Modest 458 146 (29.5) Very High -71.1% 5 -18.6
Touro College 280 153 (55.6) Low 177 150 (44.3) Modest -36.8% 3 -11.3
Tulane University 258 164 (90) Minimal 208 160 (80.4) Minimal -19.4% 4 -9.6
SUNY Buffalo 219 160 (80.4) Minimal 144 156 (67.4) Minimal -34.2% 4 -13
University of Akron 177 158 (74.6) Minimal 159 154 (59.7) Low -10.2% 4 -14.9
University of Alabama 161 167 (94.6) Minimal 124 166 (93.2) Minimal -23% 1 -1.4
University of Arizona 157 164 (90) Minimal 80 163 (88.1) Minimal -49% 1 -1.9
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 160 (80.4) Minimal 119 157 (70.9) Minimal -13.8% 3 -9.5
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 157 (70.9) Minimal 140 155 (63.9) Low -10.8% 2 -7
University of Baltimore 363 157 (70.9) Minimal 199 154 (59.7) Low -45.2% 3 -11.2
University of California - Hastings 383 165 (92) Minimal 326 161 (83.4) Minimal -14.9% 4 -8.6
University of California - Berkeley 286 170 (97.4) Minimal 304 168 (95.9) Minimal +6.3% 2 -1.5
University of California - Davis 196 165 (92) Minimal 151 165 (92) Minimal -23% 0 0
University of California - Los Angeles 308 170 (97.4) Minimal 294 168 (95.9) Minimal -4.5% 2 -1.5
University of Chicago 205 172 (98.6) Minimal 188 172 (98.6) Minimal -8.3% 0 0
University of Cincinnati 144 162 (85.9) Minimal 96 159 (77.6) Minimal -33.3% 3 -8.3
University of Colorado 180 166 (93.2) Minimal 190 163 (88.1) Minimal +5.6% 3 -5.1
University of Connecticut 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 145 159 (77.6) Minimal -22% 4 -10.5
University of Dayton 207 154 (59.7) Low 93 152 (52.2) Modest -55.1% 2 -7.5
University of Denver 301 161 (83.4) Minimal 248 159 (77.6) Minimal -17.6% 2 -5.8
University of Detroit Mercy 257 154 (59.7) Low 214 155 (63.9) Low -16.7% 1 +4.2
University of Florida 310 164 (90) Minimal 301 163 (88.1) Minimal -2.9% 1 -1.9
University of Georgia 248 166 (93.2) Minimal 189 163 (88.1) Minimal -23.8% 3 -5.1
University of Hawaii 113 159 (77.6) Minimal 94 156 (67.4) Minimal -16.8% 3 -10.2
University of Houston 266 164 (90) Minimal 227 161 (83.4) Minimal -14.7% 3 -6.6
University of Idaho 130 157 (70.9) Minimal 111 155 (63.9) Low -14.6% 2 -7
University of Illinois 228 168 (95.9) Minimal 153 163 (88.1) Minimal -32.9% 5 -7.8
University of Iowa 203 164 (90) Minimal 131 163 (88.1) Minimal -35.5% 1 -1.9
University of Kansas 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 107 158 (74.6) Minimal -35.2% 2 -5.8
University of Kentucky 135 162 (85.9) Minimal 113 158 (74.6) Minimal -16.3% 4 -11.3
University of La Verne 166 155 (63.9) Low 99 151 (48.1) Modest -40.4% 4 -15.8
University of Louisville 143 160 (80.4) Minimal 141 155 (63.9) Low -1.4% 5 -16.5
University of Maine 95 159 (77.6) Minimal 85 155 (63.9) Low -10.5% 4 -13.7
University of Maryland 296 163 (88.1) Minimal 207 159 (77.6) Minimal -30.1% 4 -10.5
University of Memphis 158 157 (70.9) Minimal 107 154 (59.7) Low -32.3% 3 -11.2
University of Miami 489 160 (80.4) Minimal 322 160 (80.4) Minimal -34.2% 0 0
University of Michigan 376 171 (98) Minimal 320 170 (97.4) Minimal -14.9% 1 -0.6
University of Minnesota 260 168 (95.9) Minimal 196 165 (92) Minimal -24.6% 3 -3.9
University of Mississippi 199 158 (74.6) Minimal 113 157 (70.9) Minimal -43.2% 1 -3.7
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 161 (83.4) Minimal 92 159 (77.6) Minimal -37.8% 2 -5.8
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 158 (74.6) Minimal 122 155 (63.9) Low -21.8% 3 -10.7
University of Montana 85 158 (74.6) Minimal 72 156 (67.4) Minimal -15.3% 2 -7.2
University of Nebraska 145 160 (80.4) Minimal 132 158 (74.6) Minimal -9% 2 -5.8
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 161 (83.4) Minimal 105 159 (77.6) Minimal -27.6% 2 -5.8
University of New Mexico 116 159 (77.6) Minimal 123 156 (67.4) Minimal +6% 3 -10.2
University of North Carolina 254 165 (92) Minimal 213 163 (88.1) Minimal -16.1% 2 -3.9
University of North Dakota 83 154 (59.7) Low 71 152 (52.2) Modest -14.5% 2 -7.5
University of Notre Dame 172 168 (95.9) Minimal 198 165 (92) Minimal +15.1% 3 -3.9
University of Oklahoma 174 161 (83.4) Minimal 159 159 (77.6) Minimal -8.6% 2 -5.8
University of Oregon 177 161 (83.4) Minimal 144 160 (80.4) Minimal -18.6% 1 -3
University of Pennsylvania 250 171 (98) Minimal 244 170 (97.4) Minimal -2.4% 1 -0.6
University of Pittsburgh 259 161 (83.4) Minimal 141 158 (74.6) Minimal -45.6% 3 -8.8
University of Richmond 146 163 (88.1) Minimal 115 161 (83.4) Minimal -21.2% 2 -4.7
University of San Diego 330 163 (88.1) Minimal 240 160 (80.4) Minimal -27.3% 3 -7.7
University of San Francisco 251 161 (83.4) Minimal 143 156 (67.4) Minimal -43% 5 -16
University of South Carolina 239 161 (83.4) Minimal 215 156 (67.4) Minimal -10% 5 -16
University of South Dakota 75 154 (59.7) Low 57 150 (44.3) Modest -24% 4 -15.4
University of Southern California 220 169 (96.7) Minimal 187 166 (93.2) Minimal -15% 3 -3.5
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 161 (83.4) Minimal 146 157 (70.9) Minimal -13.1% 4 -12.5
University of Tennessee 169 162 (85.9) Minimal 123 160 (80.4) Minimal -27.2% 2 -5.5
University of Texas 389 169 (96.7) Minimal 308 168 (95.9) Minimal -20.8% 1 -0.8
University of The District of Columbia 131 155 (63.9) Low 93 151 (48.1) Modest -29% 4 -15.8
University of the Pacific 346 160 (80.4) Minimal 152 154 (59.7) Low -56.1% 6 -20.7
University of Toledo 157 156 (67.4) Minimal 92 154 (59.7) Low -41.4% 2 -7.7
University of Tulsa 146 158 (74.6) Minimal 94 157 (70.9) Minimal -35.6% 1 -3.7
University of Utah 122 164 (90) Minimal 91 160 (80.4) Minimal -25.4% 4 -9.6
University of Virginia 368 171 (98) Minimal 319 170 (97.4) Minimal -13.3% 1 -0.6
University of Washington 186 166 (93.2) Minimal 166 165 (92) Minimal -10.8% 1 -1.2
University of Wisconsin 246 164 (90) Minimal 151 163 (88.1) Minimal -38.6% 1 -1.9
University of Wyoming 82 157 (70.9) Minimal 72 154 (59.7) Low -12.2% 3 -11.2
Valparaiso University 207 153 (55.6) Low 28 152 (52.2) Modest -86.5% 1 -3.4
Vanderbilt University 193 170 (97.4) Minimal 168 167 (94.6) Minimal -13% 3 -2.8
Vermont Law School 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 161 156 (67.4) Minimal -24.1% 3 -10.2
Villanova University 251 163 (88.1) Minimal 175 159 (77.6) Minimal -30.3% 4 -10.5
Wake Forest University 165 164 (90) Minimal 157 163 (88.1) Minimal -4.8% 1 -1.9
Washburn University 169 158 (74.6) Minimal 114 155 (63.9) Low -32.5% 3 -10.7
Washington and Lee University 144 167 (94.6) Minimal 164 163 (88.1) Minimal +13.9% 4 -6.5
Washington University in St Louis 276 168 (95.9) Minimal 225 169 (96.7) Minimal -18.5% 1 +0.8
Wayne State University 197 159 (77.6) Minimal 147 160 (80.4) Minimal -25.4% 1 +2.8
West Virginia University 137 156 (67.4) Minimal 109 155 (63.9) Low -20.4% 1 -3.5
Western New England University School of Law 168 155 (63.9) Low 93 151 (48.1) Modest -44.6% 4 -15.8
Western State University 242 153 (55.6) Low 164 150 (44.3) Modest -32.2% 3 -11.3
Willamette University 158 159 (77.6) Minimal 110 156 (67.4) Minimal -30.4% 3 -10.2
Yale University 205 176 (99.6) Minimal 205 175 (99.4) Minimal 0% 1 -0.2
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 166 (93.2) Minimal 368 161 (83.4) Minimal -3.7% 5 -9.8
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 153 (55.6) Low 216 149 (40.3) High -18.5% 4 -15.3
University of California - Irvine 83 168 (95.9) Minimal 159 165 (92) Minimal +91.6% 3 -3.9
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 153 (55.6) Low 128 150 (44.3) Modest -28.1% 3 -11.3
Widener University - Delaware 389 154 (59.7) Low 206 151 (48.1) Modest -47% 3 -11.6

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.