Authored By: Dave Evangelisti
What is a Good LSAT Score?

Our guide on LSAT scores will cover everything like how the exam is scored, average LSAT scores, and what is a good LSAT score. Almost every law school in the United States uses the LSAT, so it is important to be informed about everything involved in the LSAT scoring process.

Colleges and universities place a heavy emphasis on the LSAT. Getting a LSAT top score will help ensure that you get into the program of your choice when applying to law school.

Summary: What is a good LSAT score? We will dive into that question in our guide below. Consider LSAT classes if you want to ensure that you get a top score.

It is important to understand how the LSAT is scored when trying to understand what a good LSAT score is. You will find that there are 3 different types of LSAT scores:

  • Raw Score – This is the number of questions answered correctly. If you answered 45 questions correctly, your raw score would be 45. Keep in mind that there are around 100 total questions on the LSAT.
  • Scaled Score – This is the most typical score and what people think of when they hear the term LSAT score. This score ranges from 120 to 180. Law schools will use the scaled score when evaluating your LSAT score.
  • Percentile Score – This shows how you did when compared to other test takers. If you have a percentile score of 60%, that means you scored better than 60% of other test takers. The percentile score is useful for stacking your LSAT score up against the competition.

What is the average LSAT score? According to the Law School Admissions Council, the average LSAT score is 152. This does vary from year to year, but it is usually right around there.

Remember, the LSAT is scored on a scale from 120-180, with 180 being the highest score you can get. In order to get a 152, you will need to answer around 60 questions correctly.

If you want some practice, take our LSAT practice test to get a better idea of what to expect.

A good LSAT score is different for everyone. Some students may just want a score that is good enough to get them into any law school while other students may want a LSAT top score that is good enough to get them into a top 10 law school.

To help you find out what a good LSAT score is, we analyzed 150+ law schools in the United States. We looked at their 75th and 50th LSAT score percentiles.

The table below will summarize what score you should strive for if you want to fall in the 75th or 50th percentile at a specific law school. If you score in the 75th percentile for your desired school, you can assume that you will have a fighting chance of admittance to that school.

School Total 75th Percentile Total 50th Percentile
AKRON, UNIVERSITY OF 156 153
ALABAMA, UNIVERSITY OF 166 165
ALBANY LAW SCHOOL OF UNION UNIVERSITY 157 154
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 163 161
APPALACHIAN SCHOOL OF LAW 152 147
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY 167 166
ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF 164 163
ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF 159 156
ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK, UNIVERSITY OF 155 152
ATLANTA'S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL 153 151
AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW 155 151
BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF 157 154
BARRY UNIVERSITY 153 149
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 163 162
BELMONT UNIVERSITY 161 158
BOSTON COLLEGE 167 165
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 171 169
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY 169 167
BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL 161 159
CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW 156 153
CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF 171 169
CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF 167 165
CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF 162 160
CALIFORNIA-IRVINE, UNIVERSITY OF 168 167
CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF 171 170
CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY 158 154
CAPITAL UNIVERSITY 155 151
CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW 166 164
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY 162 160
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA 160 158
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY 162 160
CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW 154 151
CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF 175 172
CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW-IIT 162 159
CINCINNATI, UNIVERSITY OF 161 158
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK 160 155
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY 157 155
COLORADO, UNIVERSITY OF 166 164
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 176 174
CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF 161 159
CORNELL UNIVERSITY 173 171
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY 157 153
DAYTON, UNIVERSITY OF 155 153
DENVER, UNIVERSITY OF 162 160
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY 157 156
DETROIT MERCY, UNIVERSITY OF 158 154
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 153 149
DRAKE UNIVERSITY 158 155
DREXEL UNIVERSITY 160 158
DUKE UNIVERSITY 172 170
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY 158 155
ELON UNIVERSITY 154 152
EMORY UNIVERSITY 169 167
FAULKNER UNIVERSITY 154 150
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY 152 149
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY 162 160
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 164 163
FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF 169 167
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 168 166
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY 166 164
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 168 167
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY 173 171
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY 162 160
GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF 167 166
GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY 154 151
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY 157 154
HARVARD UNIVERSITY 176 174
HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF 159 156
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY 158 156
HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF 163 161
HOWARD UNIVERSITY 158 154
IDAHO, UNIVERSITY OF 157 153
ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF 166 164
INDIANA UNIVERSITY - BLOOMINGTON 166 164
INDIANA UNIVERSITY - INDIANAPOLIS 159 155
INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO 146 142
IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF 164 163
KANSAS, UNIVERSITY OF 162 158
KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF 160 157
LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE 164 162
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY 157 153
LINCOLN MEMORIAL 154 150
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 159 156
LOUISVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF 159 156
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY-LOS ANGELES 163 161
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO 161 159
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-NEW ORLEANS 157 153
MAINE, UNIVERSITY OF 161 158
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 157 155
MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF 163 161
MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW 157 155
MEMPHIS, UNIVERSITY OF 157 154
MERCER UNIVERSITY 158 156
MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF 163 160
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 158 156
MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF 172 171
MINNESOTA, UNIVERSITY OF 167 166
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE 153 150
MISSISSIPPI, UNIVERSITY OF 159 156
MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF 161 159
MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY, UNIVERSITY OF 157 154
MITCHELL|HAMLINE 158 153
MONTANA, UNIVERSITY OF 160 156
NEBRASKA, UNIVERSITY OF 161 158
NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON 157 154
NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF 160 158
NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF 159 156
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL 157 155
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 174 172
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY 153 147
NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF 166 164
NORTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF 153 150
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY 164 162
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 152 148
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY 156 153
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 172 171
NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF 170 168
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY 155 153
OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY 153 150
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 165 163
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY 152 149
OKLAHOMA, UNIVERSITY OF 160 158
OREGON, UNIVERSITY OF 161 159
PACE UNIVERSITY 154 152
PENNSYLVANIA STATE - DICKINSON LAW 163 161
PENNSYLVANIA STATE - PENN STATE LAW 163 162
PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF 173 171
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY 166 164
PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF 162 160
PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF P.R. 138 135
PUERTO RICO, UNIVERSITY OF 153 149
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY 156 152
REGENT UNIVERSITY 159 156
RICHMOND, UNIVERSITY OF 163 162
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY 155 150
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY 160 157
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY 160 156
SAMFORD UNIVERSITY 157 154
SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF 163 161
SAN FRANCISCO, UNIVERSITY OF 157 155
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY 160 157
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY 159 157
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY 162 160
SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF 160 158
SOUTH DAKOTA, UNIVERSITY OF 153 150
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW HOUSTON 156 154
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF 169 168
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE 151 149
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY 164 163
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 148 146
SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL 157 154
ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY 164 162
ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY 155 153
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FLORIDA) 155 152
ST. THOMAS, UNIVERSITY OF (MINNESOTA) 159 155
STANFORD UNIVERSITY 175 172
STETSON UNIVERSITY 159 157
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY 158 154
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 160 157
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY 166 163
TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF 162 160
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY 165 163
TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF 170 169
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 153 151
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY 158 157
TOLEDO, UNIVERSITY OF 155 152
TOURO COLLEGE 152 150
TULANE UNIVERSITY 164 161
TULSA, UNIVERSITY OF 156 154
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO-SUNY 159 156
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW 155 152
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH 153 150
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA - LAS VEGAS 163 160
UNT DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW 155 151
UTAH, UNIVERSITY OF 165 163
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY 170 169
VERMONT LAW SCHOOL 159 154
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY 164 162
VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF 173 171
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 164 163
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY 159 155
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY 166 164
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 171 170
WASHINGTON, UNIVERSITY OF 167 164
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY 164 161
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY 157 154
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 151 148
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY 154 150
WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW 153 150
WIDENER UNIVERSITY-DELAWARE 152 150
WIDENER-COMMONWEALTH 152 148
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY 157 154
WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL 165 164
WISCONSIN, UNIVERSITY OF 165 164
WYOMING, UNIVERSITY OF 157 154
YALE UNIVERSITY 177 174

All data is from the American Bar Association.

The table and data above summarizes LSAT score percentiles for individual schools. However, let’s take a broader look at LSAT percentiles as a whole.

The LSAC keeps data on LSAT percentiles. These percentiles are taken from the last 3 years of test takers.

LSAT Scaled Score Approximate Percentile
180 99+%
175 99+%
170 97%
165 92%
160 80%
155 64%
150 44%
145 27%
140 13%
135 5%
130 2%

LSAT Scores Breakdown

Since LSAT scores are technically estimates of your proficiency in the skills that are tested on the LSAT, you will be placed in a LSAT score band.

LSAT score bands are a range of LSAT scores. The score bands will be slightly higher and slightly lower than the LSAT score that you received.

If you scored a 155, your LSAT score band would be 152 to 158. The LSAT score band is calculated using the standard error of measurement. The standard error used for the LSAT is about 2.6 scaled score points.

You can find your LSAT score band by adding and subtracting 2.6 to your scaled score. This makes the LSAT score band about 7 scaled-score points. The LSAC uses this method and it provides a 68% confidence level.

LSAT scores have scheduled release dates. This date will be known by you before you take your exam. The score release date is usually about 20 days after the exam.

Learn more about LSAT test dates and score release dates.

What is a good LSAT score?

A good LSAT score is the score that gets you into you desired law school. This will vary for every student.

With that being said, if you want to get into a top 5 law school, you will most likely need to score in the 97th percentile or higher (170+).

If you are looking to go to a mid-tier law school, you will most likely need to score in the 155-158 range.

How long are LSAT scores valid?

A LSAT score is valid for up to 5 years after you have taken the test.

What is the highest LSAT score?

The highest possible LSAT score one can receive is 180. Keep in mind this is very rare.

Students who score a 175 will find themselves in the 99th percentile of LSAT scorers.

Students who receive a score in the 99th percentile should be able to attend any program of their choosing.

What is the average LSAT score?

The average LSAT score will change every year as it based on the different test takers and what they are scoring.

With that being said, anywhere around 152 is usually the average score on the LSAT.

Is a 150 a good LSAT score?

A 150 on the LSAT is slightly below average. A score of 150 puts you in the 44th percentile.

Is a 174 on the LSAT good?

A 174 on the LSAT is very good. This score will give you an opportunity to get into the top law school programs. A score of 174 puts you between the 97th and 98th percentile.

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