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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 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2010. The end point is the 75th percentile LSAT score for students who entered in 2018. 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 2018 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 182 156 (67.4) Minimal -22.9% 1 -3.5
American University 502 164 (90) Minimal 463 160 (80.4) Minimal -7.8% 4 -9.6
Appalachian School of Law 127 151 (48.1) Modest 50 147 (33) High -60.6% 4 -15.1
Arizona State University 191 164 (90) Minimal 273 164 (90) Minimal +42.9% 0 0
Ave Maria School of Law 203 153 (55.6) Low 96 151 (48.1) Modest -52.7% 2 -7.5
Barry University 254 154 (59.7) Low 255 151 (48.1) Modest +0.4% 3 -11.6
Baylor University 183 163 (88.1) Minimal 172 161 (83.4) Minimal -6% 2 -4.7
Boston College 261 167 (94.6) Minimal 231 164 (90) Minimal -11.5% 3 -4.6
Boston University 268 167 (94.6) Minimal 284 167 (94.6) Minimal +6% 0 0
Brigham Young University 150 167 (94.6) Minimal 106 166 (93.2) Minimal -29.3% 1 -1.4
Brooklyn Law School 486 165 (92) Minimal 356 159 (77.6) Minimal -26.7% 6 -14.4
California Western School of Law 382 157 (70.9) Minimal 262 152 (52.2) Modest -31.4% 5 -18.7
Campbell University 162 158 (74.6) Minimal 183 155 (63.9) Low +13% 3 -10.7
Capital University 246 155 (63.9) Low 158 152 (52.2) Modest -35.8% 3 -11.7
Case Western Reserve University 236 162 (85.9) Minimal 157 161 (83.4) Minimal -33.5% 1 -2.5
Catholic University of America 274 161 (83.4) Minimal 138 156 (67.4) Minimal -49.6% 5 -16
Chapman University 212 161 (83.4) Minimal 155 158 (74.6) Minimal -26.9% 3 -8.8
Charleston School of Law 237 156 (67.4) Minimal 206 150 (44.3) Modest -13.1% 6 -23.1
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 195 157 (70.9) Minimal 140 156 (67.4) Minimal -28.2% 1 -3.5
William and Mary 217 166 (93.2) Minimal 193 164 (90) Minimal -11.1% 2 -3.2
Columbia University 404 175 (99.4) Minimal 412 174 (99.2) Minimal +2% 1 -0.2
Cornell University 205 169 (96.7) Minimal 195 168 (95.9) Minimal -4.9% 1 -0.8
Creighton University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 112 156 (67.4) Minimal -22.2% 1 -3.5
CUNY 163 157 (70.9) Minimal 208 158 (74.6) Minimal +27.6% 1 +3.7
DePaul University 312 161 (83.4) Minimal 236 154 (59.7) Low -24.4% 7 -23.7
Drake University 155 158 (74.6) Minimal 106 156 (67.4) Minimal -31.6% 2 -7.2
Drexel University 146 162 (85.9) Minimal 154 158 (74.6) Minimal +5.5% 4 -11.3
Duke University 238 171 (98) Minimal 235 170 (97.4) Minimal -1.3% 1 -0.6
Duquesne University 212 155 (63.9) Low 188 154 (59.7) Low -11.3% 1 -4.2
Elon Law School 132 159 (77.6) Minimal 146 153 (55.6) Low +10.6% 6 -22
Emory University 293 167 (94.6) Minimal 269 166 (93.2) Minimal -8.2% 1 -1.4
Faulkner University 145 154 (59.7) Low 59 151 (48.1) Modest -59.3% 3 -11.6
Florida A&M University 288 150 (44.3) Modest 190 149 (40.3) High -34% 1 -4
Florida Coastal School of Law 808 152 (52.2) Modest 60 153 (55.6) Low -92.6% 1 +3.4
Florida International University 161 157 (70.9) Minimal 161 157 (70.9) Minimal 0% 0 0
Florida State University 199 164 (90) Minimal 213 161 (83.4) Minimal +7% 3 -6.6
Fordham University 477 168 (95.9) Minimal 415 166 (93.2) Minimal -13% 2 -2.7
University of New Hampshire 132 158 (74.6) Minimal 91 159 (77.6) Minimal -31.1% 1 +3
George Mason University 303 165 (92) Minimal 160 164 (90) Minimal -47.2% 1 -2
George Washington University 523 168 (95.9) Minimal 564 166 (93.2) Minimal +7.8% 2 -2.7
Georgetown University 591 172 (98.6) Minimal 581 168 (95.9) Minimal -1.7% 4 -2.7
Georgia State University 224 162 (85.9) Minimal 201 160 (80.4) Minimal -10.3% 2 -5.5
Golden Gate University 320 156 (67.4) Minimal 237 152 (52.2) Modest -25.9% 4 -15.2
Gonzaga University 183 157 (70.9) Minimal 145 156 (67.4) Minimal -20.8% 1 -3.5
Harvard University 561 176 (99.6) Minimal 566 175 (99.4) Minimal +0.9% 1 -0.2
Hofstra University 365 160 (80.4) Minimal 257 155 (63.9) Low -29.6% 5 -16.5
Howard University 156 156 (67.4) Minimal 155 155 (63.9) Low -0.6% 1 -3.5
Chicago-Kent College of Law 310 163 (88.1) Minimal 246 160 (80.4) Minimal -20.6% 3 -7.7
Indiana University - Bloomington 250 164 (90) Minimal 174 163 (88.1) Minimal -30.4% 1 -1.9
Indiana University - Indianapolis 282 159 (77.6) Minimal 255 156 (67.4) Minimal -9.6% 3 -10.2
John Marshall Law School - Chicago 539 157 (70.9) Minimal 336 152 (52.2) Modest -37.7% 5 -18.7
Lewis and Clark College 247 164 (90) Minimal 167 161 (83.4) Minimal -32.4% 3 -6.6
Liberty University 135 153 (55.6) Low 72 156 (67.4) Minimal -46.7% 3 +11.8
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 318 162 (85.9) Minimal -21.1% 1 -2.2
Loyola University Chicago 292 162 (85.9) Minimal 273 160 (80.4) Minimal -6.5% 2 -5.5
Loyola University New Orleans 246 157 (70.9) Minimal 162 155 (63.9) Low -34.1% 2 -7
Marquette University 247 159 (77.6) Minimal 190 156 (67.4) Minimal -23.1% 3 -10.2
Mercer University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 142 154 (59.7) Low -14.5% 4 -14.9
Michigan State University 299 159 (77.6) Minimal 208 157 (70.9) Minimal -30.4% 2 -6.7
Mississippi College 212 154 (59.7) Low 123 151 (48.1) Modest -42% 3 -11.6
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 381 155 (63.9) Low -40.6% 2 -7
New York University 476 175 (99.4) Minimal 425 172 (98.6) Minimal -10.7% 3 -0.8
North Carolina Central University 206 150 (44.3) Modest 103 150 (44.3) Modest -50% 0 0
Northeastern University 220 164 (90) Minimal 202 163 (88.1) Minimal -8.2% 1 -1.9
Northern Illinois University 135 155 (63.9) Low 90 152 (52.2) Modest -33.3% 3 -11.7
Northern Kentucky University 199 157 (70.9) Minimal 143 153 (55.6) Low -28.1% 4 -15.3
Northwestern University 274 171 (98) Minimal 245 170 (97.4) Minimal -10.6% 1 -0.6
Nova Southeastern University 386 153 (55.6) Low 198 153 (55.6) Low -48.7% 0 0
Ohio Northern University 120 156 (67.4) Minimal 51 152 (52.2) Modest -57.5% 4 -15.2
Ohio State University 230 164 (90) Minimal 187 163 (88.1) Minimal -18.7% 1 -1.9
Oklahoma City University 224 153 (55.6) Low 162 152 (52.2) Modest -27.7% 1 -3.4
Pace University 299 156 (67.4) Minimal 224 153 (55.6) Low -25.1% 3 -11.8
Pepperdine University 222 165 (92) Minimal 159 161 (83.4) Minimal -28.4% 4 -8.6
Arizona Summit Law School 392 153 (55.6) Low 17 (0) Minimal -95.7% 153 -55.6
Quinnipiac University 163 159 (77.6) Minimal 113 154 (59.7) Low -30.7% 5 -17.9
Regent University 168 156 (67.4) Minimal 97 158 (74.6) Minimal -42.3% 2 +7.2
Roger Williams University 198 154 (59.7) Low 168 151 (48.1) Modest -15.2% 3 -11.6
Samford University 166 158 (74.6) Minimal 145 154 (59.7) Low -12.7% 4 -14.9
Santa Clara University 314 162 (85.9) Minimal 239 157 (70.9) Minimal -23.9% 5 -15
Seattle University 324 160 (80.4) Minimal 215 157 (70.9) Minimal -33.6% 3 -9.5
Seton Hall University 358 161 (83.4) Minimal 246 160 (80.4) Minimal -31.3% 1 -3
South Texas College of Law Houston 461 156 (67.4) Minimal 341 154 (59.7) Low -26% 2 -7.7
Southern Illinois University 144 157 (70.9) Minimal 76 151 (48.1) Modest -47.2% 6 -22.8
Southern Methodist University 254 165 (92) Minimal 205 163 (88.1) Minimal -19.3% 2 -3.9
Southern University Law Center 320 148 (36.3) High 242 146 (29.5) Very High -24.4% 2 -6.8
Southwestern Law School 410 158 (74.6) Minimal 277 155 (63.9) Low -32.4% 3 -10.7
St. John's University 341 162 (85.9) Minimal 232 160 (80.4) Minimal -32% 2 -5.5
St. Louis University 334 159 (77.6) Minimal 176 159 (77.6) Minimal -47.3% 0 0
St. Mary's University 301 156 (67.4) Minimal 238 154 (59.7) Low -20.9% 2 -7.7
St. Thomas University - Florida 275 153 (55.6) Low 184 151 (48.1) Modest -33.1% 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 284 157 (70.9) Minimal -21.1% 1 -3.7
Suffolk University 531 158 (74.6) Minimal 379 156 (67.4) Minimal -28.6% 2 -7.2
Syracuse University 252 157 (70.9) Minimal 189 156 (67.4) Minimal -25% 1 -3.5
Temple University 326 164 (90) Minimal 226 163 (88.1) Minimal -30.7% 1 -1.9
Texas Southern University 212 149 (40.3) High 217 147 (33) High +2.4% 2 -7.3
Texas Tech University 244 158 (74.6) Minimal 150 157 (70.9) Minimal -38.5% 1 -3.7
Texas A&M 253 156 (67.4) Minimal 182 158 (74.6) Minimal -28.1% 2 +7.2
Thomas Jefferson School of Law 422 153 (55.6) Low 59 149 (40.3) High -86% 4 -15.3
Thomas M Cooley Law School 1583 151 (48.1) Modest 541 147 (33) High -65.8% 4 -15.1
Touro College 280 153 (55.6) Low 209 150 (44.3) Modest -25.4% 3 -11.3
Tulane University 258 164 (90) Minimal 211 161 (83.4) Minimal -18.2% 3 -6.6
SUNY Buffalo 219 160 (80.4) Minimal 151 156 (67.4) Minimal -31.1% 4 -13
University of Akron 177 158 (74.6) Minimal 143 156 (67.4) Minimal -19.2% 2 -7.2
University of Alabama 161 167 (94.6) Minimal 117 165 (92) Minimal -27.3% 2 -2.6
University of Arizona 157 164 (90) Minimal 117 162 (85.9) Minimal -25.5% 2 -4.1
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville 138 160 (80.4) Minimal 126 157 (70.9) Minimal -8.7% 3 -9.5
University of Arkansas - Little Rock 157 157 (70.9) Minimal 138 155 (63.9) Low -12.1% 2 -7
University of Baltimore 363 157 (70.9) Minimal 226 155 (63.9) Low -37.7% 2 -7
University of California - Hastings 383 165 (92) Minimal 310 161 (83.4) Minimal -19.1% 4 -8.6
University of California - Berkeley 286 170 (97.4) Minimal 313 170 (97.4) Minimal +9.4% 0 0
University of California - Davis 196 165 (92) Minimal 206 165 (92) Minimal +5.1% 0 0
University of California - Los Angeles 308 170 (97.4) Minimal 311 169 (96.7) Minimal +1% 1 -0.7
University of Chicago 205 172 (98.6) Minimal 193 173 (99) Minimal -5.9% 1 +0.4
University of Cincinnati 144 162 (85.9) Minimal 136 160 (80.4) Minimal -5.6% 2 -5.5
University of Colorado 180 166 (93.2) Minimal 172 164 (90) Minimal -4.4% 2 -3.2
University of Connecticut 186 163 (88.1) Minimal 138 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.8% 2 -4.7
University of Dayton 207 154 (59.7) Low 100 152 (52.2) Modest -51.7% 2 -7.5
University of Denver 301 161 (83.4) Minimal 248 160 (80.4) Minimal -17.6% 1 -3
University of Detroit Mercy 257 154 (59.7) Low 189 155 (63.9) Low -26.5% 1 +4.2
University of Florida 310 164 (90) Minimal 248 164 (90) Minimal -20% 0 0
University of Georgia 248 166 (93.2) Minimal 208 164 (90) Minimal -16.1% 2 -3.2
University of Hawaii 113 159 (77.6) Minimal 116 157 (70.9) Minimal +2.7% 2 -6.7
University of Houston 266 164 (90) Minimal 202 161 (83.4) Minimal -24.1% 3 -6.6
University of Idaho 130 157 (70.9) Minimal 114 155 (63.9) Low -12.3% 2 -7
University of Illinois 228 168 (95.9) Minimal 124 164 (90) Minimal -45.6% 4 -5.9
University of Iowa 203 164 (90) Minimal 143 163 (88.1) Minimal -29.6% 1 -1.9
University of Kansas 165 160 (80.4) Minimal 108 160 (80.4) Minimal -34.5% 0 0
University of Kentucky 135 162 (85.9) Minimal 151 157 (70.9) Minimal +11.9% 5 -15
University of La Verne 166 155 (63.9) Low 95 151 (48.1) Modest -42.8% 4 -15.8
University of Louisville 143 160 (80.4) Minimal 126 156 (67.4) Minimal -11.9% 4 -13
University of Maine 95 159 (77.6) Minimal 81 157 (70.9) Minimal -14.7% 2 -6.7
University of Maryland 296 163 (88.1) Minimal 220 161 (83.4) Minimal -25.7% 2 -4.7
University of Memphis 158 157 (70.9) Minimal 130 155 (63.9) Low -17.7% 2 -7
University of Miami 489 160 (80.4) Minimal 339 161 (83.4) Minimal -30.7% 1 +3
University of Michigan 376 171 (98) Minimal 361 171 (98) Minimal -4% 0 0
University of Minnesota 260 168 (95.9) Minimal 223 166 (93.2) Minimal -14.2% 2 -2.7
University of Mississippi 199 158 (74.6) Minimal 145 157 (70.9) Minimal -27.1% 1 -3.7
University of Missouri - Columbia 148 161 (83.4) Minimal 90 160 (80.4) Minimal -39.2% 1 -3
University of Missouri - Kansas City 156 158 (74.6) Minimal 127 156 (67.4) Minimal -18.6% 2 -7.2
University of Montana 85 158 (74.6) Minimal 79 158 (74.6) Minimal -7.1% 0 0
University of Nebraska 145 160 (80.4) Minimal 136 160 (80.4) Minimal -6.2% 0 0
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 145 161 (83.4) Minimal 157 160 (80.4) Minimal +8.3% 1 -3
University of New Mexico 116 159 (77.6) Minimal 106 156 (67.4) Minimal -8.6% 3 -10.2
University of North Carolina 254 165 (92) Minimal 209 163 (88.1) Minimal -17.7% 2 -3.9
University of North Dakota 83 154 (59.7) Low 62 150 (44.3) Modest -25.3% 4 -15.4
University of Notre Dame 172 168 (95.9) Minimal 190 166 (93.2) Minimal +10.5% 2 -2.7
University of Oklahoma 174 161 (83.4) Minimal 174 159 (77.6) Minimal 0% 2 -5.8
University of Oregon 177 161 (83.4) Minimal 126 159 (77.6) Minimal -28.8% 2 -5.8
University of Pennsylvania 250 171 (98) Minimal 251 171 (98) Minimal +0.4% 0 0
University of Pittsburgh 259 161 (83.4) Minimal 130 159 (77.6) Minimal -49.8% 2 -5.8
University of Richmond 146 163 (88.1) Minimal 143 162 (85.9) Minimal -2.1% 1 -2.2
University of San Diego 330 163 (88.1) Minimal 240 161 (83.4) Minimal -27.3% 2 -4.7
University of San Francisco 251 161 (83.4) Minimal 141 155 (63.9) Low -43.8% 6 -19.5
University of South Carolina 239 161 (83.4) Minimal 214 157 (70.9) Minimal -10.5% 4 -12.5
University of South Dakota 75 154 (59.7) Low 71 153 (55.6) Low -5.3% 1 -4.1
University of Southern California 220 169 (96.7) Minimal 199 167 (94.6) Minimal -9.5% 2 -2.1
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis 168 161 (83.4) Minimal 149 158 (74.6) Minimal -11.3% 3 -8.8
University of Tennessee 169 162 (85.9) Minimal 124 160 (80.4) Minimal -26.6% 2 -5.5
University of Texas 389 169 (96.7) Minimal 377 168 (95.9) Minimal -3.1% 1 -0.8
University of The District of Columbia 131 155 (63.9) Low 64 150 (44.3) Modest -51.1% 5 -19.6
University of the Pacific 346 160 (80.4) Minimal 193 156 (67.4) Minimal -44.2% 4 -13
University of Toledo 157 156 (67.4) Minimal 96 154 (59.7) Low -38.9% 2 -7.7
University of Tulsa 146 158 (74.6) Minimal 100 157 (70.9) Minimal -31.5% 1 -3.7
University of Utah 122 164 (90) Minimal 99 161 (83.4) Minimal -18.9% 3 -6.6
University of Virginia 368 171 (98) Minimal 320 171 (98) Minimal -13% 0 0
University of Washington 186 166 (93.2) Minimal 174 165 (92) Minimal -6.5% 1 -1.2
University of Wisconsin 246 164 (90) Minimal 275 164 (90) Minimal +11.8% 0 0
University of Wyoming 82 157 (70.9) Minimal 85 156 (67.4) Minimal +3.7% 1 -3.5
Vanderbilt University 193 170 (97.4) Minimal 180 168 (95.9) Minimal -6.7% 2 -1.5
Vermont Law School 212 159 (77.6) Minimal 194 156 (67.4) Minimal -8.5% 3 -10.2
Villanova University 251 163 (88.1) Minimal 183 160 (80.4) Minimal -27.1% 3 -7.7
Wake Forest University 165 164 (90) Minimal 179 163 (88.1) Minimal +8.5% 1 -1.9
Washburn University 169 158 (74.6) Minimal 113 155 (63.9) Low -33.1% 3 -10.7
Washington and Lee University 144 167 (94.6) Minimal 130 164 (90) Minimal -9.7% 3 -4.6
Washington University in St Louis 276 168 (95.9) Minimal 243 170 (97.4) Minimal -12% 2 +1.5
Wayne State University 197 159 (77.6) Minimal 128 161 (83.4) Minimal -35% 2 +5.8
West Virginia University 137 156 (67.4) Minimal 111 155 (63.9) Low -19% 1 -3.5
Western New England University School of Law 168 155 (63.9) Low 88 152 (52.2) Modest -47.6% 3 -11.7
Western State University 242 153 (55.6) Low 162 151 (48.1) Modest -33.1% 2 -7.5
Willamette University 158 159 (77.6) Minimal 129 156 (67.4) Minimal -18.4% 3 -10.2
Yale University 205 176 (99.6) Minimal 204 176 (99.6) Minimal -0.5% 0 0
Cardozo-Yeshiva University 382 166 (93.2) Minimal 334 162 (85.9) Minimal -12.6% 4 -7.3
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta 265 153 (55.6) Low 108 152 (52.2) Modest -59.2% 1 -3.4
University of California - Irvine 83 168 (95.9) Minimal 229 165 (92) Minimal +175.9% 3 -3.9
Widener University - Pennsylvania 178 153 (55.6) Low 117 148 (36.3) High -34.3% 5 -19.3
Widener University - Delaware 389 154 (59.7) Low 212 151 (48.1) Modest -45.5% 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.