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Some law schools report 'eye-popping increases' in median LSAT scores for incoming 1Ls

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At least six law schools have reported three-point increases in their median LSAT scores for incoming first-year classes, while another 42 schools have reported two-point increases. And one law school reported a four-point increase.

Reuters reports on the “eye-popping increases” reported by the schools, which it attributes partly to a surge of nearly 13% in law school applicants and a boost in high LSAT scores throughout the nation. The number of people with top LSAT scores of 175 to 180 more than doubled in the last admissions cycle.

Reuters relied on self-reported law school data compiled by school admissions consultant Mike Spivey of Spivey Consulting. He told Reuters on Tuesday that more than two-thirds of law schools have reported data so far, and none has had a drop in median LSAT scores.

“I’ve never seen that in the 21 or 22 years I been following this,” Spivey told Reuters. “That might be the definition of unprecedented.”

The 88th-ranked Lewis & Clark Law School had a 2021 median LSAT score of 162 for incoming first-year students, an increase of four points.

Mimi Huang, assistant dean of admissions at Lewis & Clark, told Reuters that students are drawn to the school’s service and justice-oriented ethos, bringing a 30% increase in applicants last year.

The law schools with three-point increases are:

  • 13th-ranked Cornell Law School (with a 2021 median LSAT of 171)
  • 15th-ranked Georgetown University Law Center (171 median)
  • 53rd-ranked Texas A&M University School of Law (163 median)
  • 91st ranked Howard University School of Law (156 median)
  • 124th-ranked Mercer University School of Law (156 median)
  • Unranked New England Law Boston (155 median)
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