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LSAT score percentiles: which one is good?

A bit off-topic, I know, but since many high schoolers are interested in a law career, I thought I'd ask. I'm looking at LSAT percentiles and I see scores like 156, 158, and 95. Which of these should I aim for when the time comes? How do these percentiles relate to law school admissions at top schools like Harvard?

6 months ago

When considering LSAT scores, it's essential to understand the scoring system and how it is used by law schools. The LSAT is scored on a scale of 120 to 180, with the average score typically around 151-152. The percentiles indicate how well you performed compared to other test-takers. For example, if you scored in the 95th percentile, it means you scored better than 95% of test-takers.

To be a competitive applicant for top law schools like Harvard, you should aim for a high percentile score, ideally in the 90th+ percentile. For reference, the median LSAT score for Harvard Law School is around 173, which falls in the 99th percentile.

Here's a rough breakdown of LSAT percentiles for easier interpretation:

- 120-149: Below 50th percentile

- 150-157: 50th-70th percentile

- 158-165: 70th-90th percentile

- 166-180: 90th-99th percentile

A high LSAT score alone is not enough to secure admission to a top law school, as these institutions consider other factors such as undergraduate GPA, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and your resume. However, a strong LSAT performance will significantly improve your chances of getting into a prestigious law school.

It's never too early to start planning for your law school journey. Familiarize yourself with the LSAT, identify study materials and resources, and schedule ample time for dedicated preparation. Many undergraduates also participate in pre-law organizations, internships, and other related activities to gain relevant experience and develop necessary skills.

Ultimately, focus on building a well-rounded application that highlights your academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, and passion for the field of law.

6 months ago

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