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Which law schools have the best LSAT profiles? And how many are struggling? Law profs have answers


Updated: The number of schools with the lowest LSAT profiles for their first- year students has more than tripled in a three-year period, according to a law professor’s analysis.

In 2010, there were only nine law schools with a median LSAT of less than 150 and only one with a median LSAT of 145, according to University of St. Thomas law professor Jerry Organ. In 2013, 32 law schools had a median LSAT of less than 150, while nine had a median LSAT of 145 or less.

Organ wrote about his findings at the Legal Whiteboard. He looked at the scores for 195 law schools that were ABA-accredited in 2010. He found that, from 2010 to 2013, the average LSAT profile for the entering class fell about two points at three different measures: the 75th percentile, the 50th percentile and the 25th percentile.

TaxProf Blog notes Organ’s findings and offers some specifics on the schools at the other end of the spectrum. The blog lists 55 top law schools based on median LSAT scores for their fall 2013 incoming class. These 12 schools lead the list:

1) Harvard and Yale, 173

3) Columbia and Stanford, 171

5) Chicago and NYU, 170

7) Duke, Pennsylvania and Virginia, 169

10) Georgetown, Michigan and Northwestern, 168

In a separate post, TaxProf Blog has also ranked law schools by median grade point averages of their fall 2013 class. Topping that list are:

1) Chicago and Yale, 3.9

3) Pennsylvania, 3.89

4) Harvard, 3.88

5) Stanford and Virginia, 3.87

7) Alabama, 3.86

8) Indiana, 3.8

9) UCLA and Minnesota, 3.79

Updated at 1:50 p.m. on March 6 to include GPA list.

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