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2022 Law Schools Fast Facts

In 2022, 196 ABA-accredited law schools are offering J.D. (Juris Doctor) programs excluding 3 law schools on teach-out plan. By school type, there are 86 public and 110 law schools offering J.D. programs. Of them, 11 law schools are approved by ABA to offer distance education and hybrid learning by combining online courses and on-campus programs.

How tight to admit to Law Schools?

The law school admission is competitive with low acceptance rate and high LSAT score and GPA. The 2022 average acceptance rate is 40.11% over the 196 ABA-accredited law schools. Especially, most high-ranked law schools have very selective rate. In 5 schools, the acceptance rate is below 10% and additional 23 schools have their rate below 20%.
One of most important thing to get into law schools is the LSAT score. The average LSAT score is 158 in 2022. 15 law schools have the LSAT score of 170 or higher which is very competitive score, and 64 schools' scores sit on between 160 and 170. Along with LSAT score, the GPA is also required to apply to law schools, and the average GPA is 3.54 in 4.0 scale.
2022 Law Schools Admission and LSAT Score Statistics
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
Acceptance Rate40.11%38.98%40.99%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)32.70%33.82%31.82%
LSAT Score158158158

How Expensive to Attend Law Schools?

In general, the law school tuition is higher than typical college tuition. The 2022 average law school tuition & fees is $48,679 over the 196 ABA-accredited law schools. In public law schools, the average tuition is $29,458 for state residents and $42,305 for out-of-state students. In private schools, the tuition is $53,662 which is higher than public schools.
In average, 79.82% of enrolled students received grants and/or scholarships. The average amount of the financial aid is $21,012 that covers 43.16% of tuition amount
2022 Average Law School Tuition & Fees
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
Tuition & Fees$48,679$42,305$53,662
% Received Financial Aid79.82%77.34%81.76%
Average Amount of Received Financial Aid$21,012$15,574$25,263
Covered % of Tuition43.16%36.82%47.08%

How Many Law School Students Enrolled?

In 2022, a total of 707 law schools students enrolled to law schools. For the first-time enrollment, 206 students newly enrolled to law schools.
The average students to faculty ratio is 6 to 1 with 127 total faculties.
2022 Law School Students and Faculties
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
First-time Students206180226
Total Enrollment707622773
Students to Faculty Ratio6.2 to 16.0 to 16.3 to 1


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Law School Admission Stats - Acceptance Rate, LSAT Score, and GPA

Law Schools accept a limited number of students, but as the low acceptance rate reflects, many students apply to law schools. In 2022, total 475,703 students applied and 135,643 students accepted, as the acceptance rate is 28.51%. The final number of enrolled students is 40,338 which means only 8.48% of applicants became low school students. Georgetown University Law Center had the most applicants of 14,049 with 12.88% acceptance rate and University of South Dakota School of Law had the least number of applicants of 303 with 68.98% acceptance rate. 2022 Law Schools Admission Statistics All Law Schools Public Law Schools Private Law Schools Applicants 475,703 167,902 307,801 Accepted 135,643 48,590 87,053 Enrolled 40,338 15,438 24,900 Acceptance Rate 28.51% 28.94% 28.28% Yield (Enrollment Rate) 29.74% 31.77% 28.60%

Common Components for Law School Application

Before you apply to law schools, you want to understand what materials are typically required and should be prepared. In fact, most ABA-accredited law schools require common items to their applicants. Common Law School Application Components The following 7 components are commonly required from law schools. Note that the details varies by each school, so you need to check teh school's admission page that you want to apply. Completed Application and LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report Transcripts including Bachelor's Degree at least LSAT Scores and/or Alternatives Letters of Recommendation Personal Statement Resume Application Fees LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report In general, all law school applicants are required to register with Credential Assembly Service (CAS) , which simplifies the law school application process for both candidates and law schools. The CAS subscripti