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What is a bad LSAT score?

The LSAT is a law school admissions test. LSAT scores should thus not be considered “good” or “bad” in themselves, but only relative to your goals. When setting goals, you should take into account the average scores at the law schools to which you are planning to apply and the other strengths of your law school application.

LSAT scores are scaled from 120 to 180. The mean score of students who took the LSAT between June 2014 and February 2017 was 150.75, the 80th percentile score was 160, and the 95th percentile score was 168. Selective law schools often have average scores that are considerably higher than these national averages (e.g., the median LSAT score of students enrolled at Stanford Law School is 173). To determine what LSAT score you will need to present a strong application, you can look up the range of enrolled student scores on the websites of the schools to which you are applying, or on national ranking sites. You can also use the LSAC’s Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs tool to get a rough idea of the likelihood of being admitted to a particular school with a given combination of LSAT scores and GPA.

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