Dreaming about becoming the next District Attorney?
You’ve got to score high enough on the Law School Admissions Test or LSAT and be admitted into a J.D. Program before you can begin your legal career.
Would-be legal students who are wondering what their LSAT score should be in order to gain admission into their preferred law school should begin by doing some research into their targeted program. Experts also caution that LSAT scores are also dependent upon how competitive the school is in rankings.
Those who successfully finish taking the LSAT receive a score of between 120 and 180. Experts say scores in the high 160’s and 170’s are considered competitive enough for admission into law school.
Law school hopefuls should look up he 25th to 75th percentile LSAT score range as well as the median LSAT score for each program on their short list. This will help you get a feeling for what the actual LSAT score the school is looking for is.
The minimum LSAT score applicants should strive for is 150, according to admissions experts. And scoring at least a 150 should keep you happy if you simply want to get into any accredited law school.
However, if you want to enroll in a top 25 program as ranked by U.S. News Best Law Schools for 2019, you’ll need a 160 on the LSAT. Top 10 programs require a score of 170 or better. Test takers should consider not only their raw score, but the percentage of those who did better than they did.
Law schools have a variety of policies when evaluating LSAT scores. Some only look at a candidate’s highest score. Others will look at all the scores when making an enrollment decision.
LSAT test takers may also find it difficult to improve their scores since the test is difficult to study for. To raise your score, take a number of practice tests to determine what area you are weakest in. You can also consider hiring a tutor or enrolling in test preparation classes.
Don’t put off applying to the law school of your choice because your LSAT score is a couple of points short. Many schools weigh transcripts, resumes, and personal statements when making acceptance decisions.