LSAT Scores and GPAs for Top Law Schools

While many factors should impact your decision of which law schools to apply to, there’s no denying that reputation often exerts a major influence on applicants’ views of various law programs.  Despite the fact that the various annually published ratings of law schools are intrinsically flawed in their very assumption that there would be one ranking valid for everyone, the general location of the school in the top 50 or bottom 50 can be moderately useful information for you as you compile your list of chosen schools. Here’s the most recent list of the “top 10”:

Top 10 U.S. Law Schools (U.S. News and World Report)
Law SchoolAverage LSAT ScoreAverage GPA
Yale Law School1733.93
Harvard Law School1733.86
Stanford Law School1713.89
University of Chicago Law School1703.9
Columbia University Law School1713.7
New York University School of Law1693.78
University of Pennsylvania Law School1693.89
University of Michigan Ann Arbor1683.76
University of Virginia School of Law1683.86
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt)1663.78

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Broadly applied, reputation may translate into more or less successful placement rates, professional contacts, or even personal recognition. Beyond referencing the various annual rankings of law schools, perhaps the best way to research the best law schools is to ask lawyers or law students. And you should decide if local, national, or international reputation is most important to you.

Other factors to consider when choosing a law school may include:

  • Part time v. full time
  • Geographic preferences
  • Placement
  • Financial aid
  • School size
  • Joint degree programs
  • Student body demographics

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