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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. For the academic year 2023-2024, total 414,758 students applied and 130,837 students accepted, as the acceptance rate is 31.55%. The final number of enrolled students is 36,756 which means only 8.86% of applicants became low school students.
Georgetown University Law Center had the most applicants of 10,827 with 19.57% acceptance rate and University of South Dakota School of Law had the least number of applicants of 302 with 76.16% acceptance rate.
2023-2024 Law Schools Admission Statistics
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
Acceptance Rate31.55%31.24%31.72%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)28.09%29.54%27.29%

What is the average LSAT to be accepted

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is one of the requirements and important consideration in law school admission process. Some schools does not require the LSAT score as "requirement", but still they consider in their selection process. In 2024, the average LSAT score is 159. In 19 schools, the average LSAT scores from enrolled students is above 170 and 66 schools have their scores between 160 to 170.
Most law schools do not have a minimum LSAT score requirement, but it is recommended that applicants have at least a 150 LSAT score.
2023-2024 Law Schools Average LSAT Scores - Full-time Enrollment
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
25th Percentile155155155
50th Percentile159159158
75th Percentile161161161
2023-2024 Law Schools Admission Statistics - Part-time Enrollment
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
25th Percentile151150151
50th Percentile154154154
75th Percentile157157157

Average GPA of accepted and enrolled students

The average GPA score is 3.61 over all first-time law schools students who enrolled in law schools. In general, an undergraduate GPA 3.5 is assumed as the minimum score for acceptance.
2023-2024 Law Schools Average GPA - Full-time Enrollment
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
25th Percentile3.353.383.32
50th Percentile3.623.653.59
75th Percentile3.793.833.77
2023-2024 Law Schools Admission Statistics - Part-time Enrollment
All Law SchoolsPublic Law SchoolsPrivate Law Schools
25th Percentile3.033.073.02
50th Percentile3.373.403.36
75th Percentile3.613.643.59


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Selection Criteria Beyond LSAT and GPA

While LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA are still important factor, non-numeric factors are becoming more importnat in the law school selection process.Because law school admissions committees are looking for applicants who are "talented, diverse, and engaged," applicants should prepare for more than just the LSAT and GPA. See the selection criteria and admission policy of some law schools. We do not utilize a GPA or standardized test score cutoff of any kind in our review process. - Yale Law Schools Thus, the College of Law seeks to enroll students who, collectively, bring to its educational program a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, interests, and perspectives. - Levin College of Law, UF The Committee evaluates the academic potential of applicants through a thorough assessment of each applicant's academic record, professional and educational experiences, and accomplishments. In addition, the Committee identifies candidates who will enhance the prof