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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 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2010. The end point is the 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2019. 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 2019 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 176 156 (67.4) Minimal -25.4% 1 -3.5
American University 502 164 (90) Minimal 381 161 (83.4) Minimal -24.1% 3 -6.6
Appalachian School of Law 127 151 (48.1) Modest 61 149 (40.3) High -52% 2 -7.8
Arizona State University 191 164 (90) Minimal 273 165 (92) Minimal +42.9% 1 +2
Ave Maria School of Law 203 153 (55.6) Low 109 152 (52.2) Modest -46.3% 1 -3.4
Barry University 254 154 (59.7) Low 245 151 (48.1) Modest -3.5% 3 -11.6
Baylor University 183 163 (88.1) Minimal 169 161 (83.4) Minimal -7.7% 2 -4.7
Boston College 261 167 (94.6) Minimal 254 165 (92) Minimal -2.7% 2 -2.6
Boston University 268 167 (94.6) Minimal 231 168 (95.9) Minimal -13.8% 1 +1.3
Brigham Young University 150 167 (94.6) Minimal 123 167 (94.6) Minimal -18% 0 0
Brooklyn Law School 486 165 (92) Minimal 401 160 (80.4) Minimal -17.5% 5 -11.6
California Western School of Law 382 157 (70.9) Minimal 275 154 (59.7) Low -28% 3 -11.2
Campbell University 162 158 (74.6) Minimal 174 155 (63.9) Low +7.4% 3 -10.7
Capital University 246 155 (63.9) Low 164 155 (63.9) Low -33.3% 0 0
Case Western Reserve University 236 162 (85.9) Minimal 119 161 (83.4) Minimal -49.6% 1 -2.5
Catholic University of America 274 161 (83.4) Minimal 155 158 (74.6) Minimal -43.4% 3 -8.8
Chapman University 212 161 (83.4) Minimal 148 160 (80.4) Minimal -30.2% 1 -3
Charleston School of Law 237 156 (67.4) Minimal 219 151 (48.1) Modest -7.6% 5 -19.3
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 157 (70.9) Minimal 144 157 (70.9) Minimal -26.2% 0 0
William and Mary 217 166 (93.2) Minimal 240 164 (90) Minimal +10.6% 2 -3.2
Columbia University 404 175 (99.4) Minimal 364 173 (99) Minimal -9.9% 2 -0.4
Cornell University 205 169 (96.7) Minimal 198 169 (96.7) Minimal -3.4% 0 0
Creighton University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 113 155 (63.9) Low -21.5% 2 -7
CUNY 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 221 158 (74.6) Minimal +35.6% 1 +3.7
DePaul University 312 161 (83.4) Minimal 192 156 (67.4) Minimal -38.5% 5 -16
Drake University 155 158 (74.6) Minimal 116 158 (74.6) Minimal -25.2% 0 0
Drexel University 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 160 158 (74.6) Minimal +9.6% 4 -11.3
Duke University 238 171 (98) Minimal 219 170 (97.4) Minimal -8% 1 -0.6
Duquesne University 212 155 (63.9) Low 152 155 (63.9) Low -28.3% 0 0
Elon Law School 132 159 (77.6) Minimal 144 152 (52.2) Modest +9.1% 7 -25.4
Emory University 293 167 (94.6) Minimal 245 166 (93.2) Minimal -16.4% 1 -1.4
Faulkner University 145 154 (59.7) Low 60 153 (55.6) Low -58.6% 1 -4.1
Florida A&M University 288 150 (44.3) Modest 212 149 (40.3) High -26.4% 1 -4
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 152 (52.2) Modest 87 151 (48.1) Modest -89.2% 1 -4.1
Florida International University 161 157 (70.9) Minimal 152 158 (74.6) Minimal -5.6% 1 +3.7
Florida State University 199 164 (90) Minimal 192 161 (83.4) Minimal -3.5% 3 -6.6
Fordham University 477 168 (95.9) Minimal 416 166 (93.2) Minimal -12.8% 2 -2.7
University of New Hampshire 132 158 (74.6) Minimal 139 158 (74.6) Minimal +5.3% 0 0
George Mason University 303 165 (92) Minimal 139 165 (92) Minimal -54.1% 0 0
George Washington University 523 168 (95.9) Minimal 506 167 (94.6) Minimal -3.3% 1 -1.3
Georgetown University 591 172 (98.6) Minimal 573 169 (96.7) Minimal -3% 3 -1.9
Georgia State University 224 162 (85.9) Minimal 217 160 (80.4) Minimal -3.1% 2 -5.5
Golden Gate University 320 156 (67.4) Minimal 127 152 (52.2) Modest -60.3% 4 -15.2
Gonzaga University 183 157 (70.9) Minimal 139 156 (67.4) Minimal -24% 1 -3.5
Harvard University 561 176 (99.6) Minimal 564 175 (99.4) Minimal +0.5% 1 -0.2
Hofstra University 365 160 (80.4) Minimal 262 156 (67.4) Minimal -28.2% 4 -13
Howard University 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 160 156 (67.4) Minimal +2.6% 0 0
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 163 (88.1) Minimal 240 160 (80.4) Minimal -22.6% 3 -7.7
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 169 163 (88.1) Minimal -32.4% 1 -1.9
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 159 (77.6) Minimal 256 157 (70.9) Minimal -9.2% 2 -6.7
University of Illinois at Chicago - John Marshall Law School 539 157 (70.9) Minimal 341 153 (55.6) Low -36.7% 4 -15.3
Lewis and Clark College 247 164 (90) Minimal 180 161 (83.4) Minimal -27.1% 3 -6.6
Liberty University 135 153 (55.6) Low 84 154 (59.7) Low -37.8% 1 +4.1
Louisiana State University 222 160 (80.4) Minimal 206 157 (70.9) Minimal -7.2% 3 -9.5
Loyola Marymount University 403 163 (88.1) Minimal 327 162 (85.9) Minimal -18.9% 1 -2.2
Loyola University Chicago 292 162 (85.9) Minimal 259 161 (83.4) Minimal -11.3% 1 -2.5
Loyola University New Orleans 246 157 (70.9) Minimal 172 154 (59.7) Low -30.1% 3 -11.2
Marquette University 247 159 (77.6) Minimal 197 156 (67.4) Minimal -20.2% 3 -10.2
Mercer University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 134 155 (63.9) Low -19.3% 3 -10.7
Michigan State University 299 159 (77.6) Minimal 238 157 (70.9) Minimal -20.4% 2 -6.7
Mississippi College 212 154 (59.7) Low 126 152 (52.2) Modest -40.6% 2 -7.5
New England School of Law 393 154 (59.7) Low 351 155 (63.9) Low -10.7% 1 +4.2
New York Law School 641 157 (70.9) Minimal 385 155 (63.9) Low -39.9% 2 -7
New York University 476 175 (99.4) Minimal 427 172 (98.6) Minimal -10.3% 3 -0.8
North Carolina Central University 206 150 (44.3) Modest 142 149 (40.3) High -31.1% 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 121 153 (55.6) Low -10.4% 2 -8.3
Northern Kentucky University 199 157 (70.9) Minimal 129 154 (59.7) Low -35.2% 3 -11.2
Northwestern University 274 171 (98) Minimal 243 171 (98) Minimal -11.3% 0 0
Nova Southeastern University 386 153 (55.6) Low 206 153 (55.6) Low -46.6% 0 0
Ohio Northern University 120 156 (67.4) Minimal 50 155 (63.9) Low -58.3% 1 -3.5
Ohio State University 230 164 (90) Minimal 193 163 (88.1) Minimal -16.1% 1 -1.9
Oklahoma City University 224 153 (55.6) Low 170 152 (52.2) Modest -24.1% 1 -3.4
Pace University 299 156 (67.4) Minimal 263 153 (55.6) Low -12% 3 -11.8
Pepperdine University 222 165 (92) Minimal 191 163 (88.1) Minimal -14% 2 -3.9
Quinnipiac University 163 159 (77.6) Minimal 144 154 (59.7) Low -11.7% 5 -17.9
Regent University 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 107 157 (70.9) Minimal -36.3% 1 +3.5
Roger Williams University 198 154 (59.7) Low 169 152 (52.2) Modest -14.6% 2 -7.5
Samford University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 159 156 (67.4) Minimal -4.2% 2 -7.2
Santa Clara University 314 162 (85.9) Minimal 241 159 (77.6) Minimal -23.2% 3 -8.3
Seattle University 324 160 (80.4) Minimal 226 157 (70.9) Minimal -30.2% 3 -9.5
Seton Hall University 358 161 (83.4) Minimal 213 160 (80.4) Minimal -40.5% 1 -3
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 156 (67.4) Minimal 356 155 (63.9) Low -22.8% 1 -3.5
Southern Illinois University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 85 153 (55.6) Low -41% 4 -15.3
Southern Methodist University 254 165 (92) Minimal 273 163 (88.1) Minimal +7.5% 2 -3.9
Southern University Law Center 320 148 (36.3) High 241 147 (33) High -24.7% 1 -3.3
Southwestern Law School 410 158 (74.6) Minimal 341 155 (63.9) Low -16.8% 3 -10.7
St. John's University 341 162 (85.9) Minimal 254 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.5% 1 -2.5
St. Louis University 334 159 (77.6) Minimal 199 158 (74.6) Minimal -40.4% 1 -3
St. Mary's University 301 156 (67.4) Minimal 257 154 (59.7) Low -14.6% 2 -7.7
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 153 (55.6) Low 233 151 (48.1) Modest -15.3% 2 -7.5
Stanford University 180 173 (99) Minimal 180 174 (99.2) Minimal 0% 1 +0.2
Stetson University 360 158 (74.6) Minimal 298 158 (74.6) Minimal -17.2% 0 0
Suffolk University 531 158 (74.6) Minimal 368 156 (67.4) Minimal -30.7% 2 -7.2
Syracuse University 252 157 (70.9) Minimal 266 157 (70.9) Minimal +5.6% 0 0
Temple University 326 164 (90) Minimal 238 163 (88.1) Minimal -27% 1 -1.9
Texas Southern University 212 149 (40.3) High 180 147 (33) High -15.1% 2 -7.3
Texas Tech University 244 158 (74.6) Minimal 147 157 (70.9) Minimal -39.8% 1 -3.7
Texas A&M 253 156 (67.4) Minimal 173 160 (80.4) Minimal -31.6% 4 +13
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 153 (55.6) Low 49 150 (44.3) Modest -88.4% 3 -11.3
Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School 1583 151 (48.1) Modest 292 150 (44.3) Modest -81.6% 1 -3.8
Touro College 280 153 (55.6) Low 197 151 (48.1) Modest -29.6% 2 -7.5
Tulane University 258 164 (90) Minimal 212 161 (83.4) Minimal -17.8% 3 -6.6
SUNY Buffalo 219 160 (80.4) Minimal 141 157 (70.9) Minimal -35.6% 3 -9.5
University of Akron 177 158 (74.6) Minimal 111 155 (63.9) Low -37.3% 3 -10.7
University of Alabama 161 167 (94.6) Minimal 135 166 (93.2) Minimal -16.1% 1 -1.4
University of Arizona 157 164 (90) Minimal 133 163 (88.1) Minimal -15.3% 1 -1.9
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 160 (80.4) Minimal 113 158 (74.6) Minimal -18.1% 2 -5.8
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 157 (70.9) Minimal 155 155 (63.9) Low -1.3% 2 -7
University of Baltimore 363 157 (70.9) Minimal 221 156 (67.4) Minimal -39.1% 1 -3.5
University of California - Hastings 383 165 (92) Minimal 346 160 (80.4) Minimal -9.7% 5 -11.6
University of California - Berkeley 286 170 (97.4) Minimal 327 170 (97.4) Minimal +14.3% 0 0
University of California - Davis 196 165 (92) Minimal 234 164 (90) Minimal +19.4% 1 -2
University of California - Los Angeles 308 170 (97.4) Minimal 307 169 (96.7) Minimal -0.3% 1 -0.7
University of Chicago 205 172 (98.6) Minimal 197 172 (98.6) Minimal -3.9% 0 0
University of Cincinnati 144 162 (85.9) Minimal 135 159 (77.6) Minimal -6.3% 3 -8.3
University of Colorado 180 166 (93.2) Minimal 176 165 (92) Minimal -2.2% 1 -1.2
University of Connecticut 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 164 161 (83.4) Minimal -11.8% 2 -4.7
University of Dayton 207 154 (59.7) Low 120 153 (55.6) Low -42% 1 -4.1
University of Denver 301 161 (83.4) Minimal 271 161 (83.4) Minimal -10% 0 0
University of Detroit Mercy 257 154 (59.7) Low 209 155 (63.9) Low -18.7% 1 +4.2
University of Florida 310 164 (90) Minimal 172 166 (93.2) Minimal -44.5% 2 +3.2
University of Georgia 248 166 (93.2) Minimal 192 165 (92) Minimal -22.6% 1 -1.2
University of Hawaii 113 159 (77.6) Minimal 103 159 (77.6) Minimal -8.8% 0 0
University of Houston 266 164 (90) Minimal 209 161 (83.4) Minimal -21.4% 3 -6.6
University of Idaho 130 157 (70.9) Minimal 126 155 (63.9) Low -3.1% 2 -7
University of Illinois 228 168 (95.9) Minimal 130 164 (90) Minimal -43% 4 -5.9
University of Iowa 203 164 (90) Minimal 151 163 (88.1) Minimal -25.6% 1 -1.9
University of Kansas 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 108 159 (77.6) Minimal -34.5% 1 -2.8
University of Kentucky 135 162 (85.9) Minimal 102 158 (74.6) Minimal -24.4% 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 96 157 (70.9) Minimal -32.9% 3 -9.5
University of Maine 95 159 (77.6) Minimal 91 158 (74.6) Minimal -4.2% 1 -3
University of Maryland 296 163 (88.1) Minimal 216 161 (83.4) Minimal -27% 2 -4.7
University of Memphis 158 157 (70.9) Minimal 132 155 (63.9) Low -16.5% 2 -7
University of Miami 489 160 (80.4) Minimal 353 161 (83.4) Minimal -27.8% 1 +3
University of Michigan 376 171 (98) Minimal 318 170 (97.4) Minimal -15.4% 1 -0.6
University of Minnesota 260 168 (95.9) Minimal 240 166 (93.2) Minimal -7.7% 2 -2.7
University of Mississippi 199 158 (74.6) Minimal 157 157 (70.9) Minimal -21.1% 1 -3.7
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 161 (83.4) Minimal 96 160 (80.4) Minimal -35.1% 1 -3
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 158 (74.6) Minimal 125 156 (67.4) Minimal -19.9% 2 -7.2
University of Montana 85 158 (74.6) Minimal 88 157 (70.9) Minimal +3.5% 1 -3.7
University of Nebraska 145 160 (80.4) Minimal 146 160 (80.4) Minimal +0.7% 0 0
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 161 (83.4) Minimal 130 161 (83.4) Minimal -10.3% 0 0
University of New Mexico 116 159 (77.6) Minimal 82 157 (70.9) Minimal -29.3% 2 -6.7
University of North Carolina 254 165 (92) Minimal 186 162 (85.9) Minimal -26.8% 3 -6.1
University of North Dakota 83 154 (59.7) Low 84 152 (52.2) Modest +1.2% 2 -7.5
University of Notre Dame 172 168 (95.9) Minimal 214 166 (93.2) Minimal +24.4% 2 -2.7
University of Oklahoma 174 161 (83.4) Minimal 168 159 (77.6) Minimal -3.4% 2 -5.8
University of Oregon 177 161 (83.4) Minimal 153 160 (80.4) Minimal -13.6% 1 -3
University of Pennsylvania 250 171 (98) Minimal 249 171 (98) Minimal -0.4% 0 0
University of Pittsburgh 259 161 (83.4) Minimal 120 160 (80.4) Minimal -53.7% 1 -3
University of Richmond 146 163 (88.1) Minimal 135 162 (85.9) Minimal -7.5% 1 -2.2
University of San Diego 330 163 (88.1) Minimal 248 161 (83.4) Minimal -24.8% 2 -4.7
University of San Francisco 251 161 (83.4) Minimal 149 155 (63.9) Low -40.6% 6 -19.5
University of South Carolina 239 161 (83.4) Minimal 212 158 (74.6) Minimal -11.3% 3 -8.8
University of South Dakota 75 154 (59.7) Low 84 154 (59.7) Low +12% 0 0
University of Southern California 220 169 (96.7) Minimal 203 167 (94.6) Minimal -7.7% 2 -2.1
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 161 (83.4) Minimal 157 158 (74.6) Minimal -6.5% 3 -8.8
University of Tennessee 169 162 (85.9) Minimal 126 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.4% 1 -2.5
University of Texas 389 169 (96.7) Minimal 288 169 (96.7) Minimal -26% 0 0
University of The District of Columbia 131 155 (63.9) Low 79 150 (44.3) Modest -39.7% 5 -19.6
University of the Pacific 346 160 (80.4) Minimal 176 156 (67.4) Minimal -49.1% 4 -13
University of Toledo 157 156 (67.4) Minimal 104 155 (63.9) Low -33.8% 1 -3.5
University of Tulsa 146 158 (74.6) Minimal 118 156 (67.4) Minimal -19.2% 2 -7.2
University of Utah 122 164 (90) Minimal 104 162 (85.9) Minimal -14.8% 2 -4.1
University of Virginia 368 171 (98) Minimal 335 172 (98.6) Minimal -9% 1 +0.6
University of Washington 186 166 (93.2) Minimal 164 164 (90) Minimal -11.8% 2 -3.2
University of Wisconsin 246 164 (90) Minimal 223 164 (90) Minimal -9.3% 0 0
University of Wyoming 82 157 (70.9) Minimal 73 154 (59.7) Low -11% 3 -11.2
Vanderbilt University 193 170 (97.4) Minimal 174 168 (95.9) Minimal -9.8% 2 -1.5
Vermont Law School 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 151 154 (59.7) Low -28.8% 5 -17.9
Villanova University 251 163 (88.1) Minimal 184 161 (83.4) Minimal -26.7% 2 -4.7
Wake Forest University 165 164 (90) Minimal 217 163 (88.1) Minimal +31.5% 1 -1.9
Washburn University 169 158 (74.6) Minimal 97 157 (70.9) Minimal -42.6% 1 -3.7
Washington and Lee University 144 167 (94.6) Minimal 124 164 (90) Minimal -13.9% 3 -4.6
Washington University in St Louis 276 168 (95.9) Minimal 229 170 (97.4) Minimal -17% 2 +1.5
Wayne State University 197 159 (77.6) Minimal 125 161 (83.4) Minimal -36.5% 2 +5.8
West Virginia University 137 156 (67.4) Minimal 115 157 (70.9) Minimal -16.1% 1 +3.5
Western New England University School of Law 168 155 (63.9) Low 110 152 (52.2) Modest -34.5% 3 -11.7
Western State University 242 153 (55.6) Low 23 152 (52.2) Modest -90.5% 1 -3.4
Willamette University 158 159 (77.6) Minimal 126 156 (67.4) Minimal -20.3% 3 -10.2
Yale University 205 176 (99.6) Minimal 212 175 (99.4) Minimal +3.4% 1 -0.2
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 166 (93.2) Minimal 311 163 (88.1) Minimal -18.6% 3 -5.1
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 153 (55.6) Low 70 152 (52.2) Modest -73.6% 1 -3.4
University of California - Irvine 83 168 (95.9) Minimal 157 167 (94.6) Minimal +89.2% 1 -1.3
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 153 (55.6) Low 111 151 (48.1) Modest -37.6% 2 -7.5
Widener University - Delaware 389 154 (59.7) Low 237 151 (48.1) Modest -39.1% 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.