Very Low LSAT scores?

If your LSAT score is in the 140s or lower, you need to spend some time looking at the 25th percentile LSAT scores for the schools you were hoping to attend. If that number is more than five points higher than your LSAT score, please be realistic that your chances of admission are slim to none (especially if your GPA is also below the 25th percentile for that school).

If you have an LSAT score in the mid-140s or lower, you have three choices:

  1. Retake the LSAT and improve your score (by doing something differently than you did the first or second time, which for nontraditional applicants can include reducing hours spent working, and for international applicants it can include spending more time on English reading fluency and speed and comprehension). Don’t expect the same behavior to bring about different results.  If the way you prepared for the LSAT didn’t help you last time, it’s unlikely to help you this time unless you just didn’t put in the time to use the materials/program effectively. If you do plan to retake the LSAT, only do so if you’re willing to invest the time and money necessary to really improve the outcome. Think long and hard about whether you could improve your score by increased preparation time or changing your preparation methods, and whether you’re willing to do what it will take. If so, then try again. If not, reconsider your goals.
  2. Be more flexible in your list of law schools by including schools that do take people with your numbers. If a school never takes anyone with your numbers, then they won’t take you – no matter how amazing your personal statement and letters of recommendation may be.
  3. Re-think your plans to attend law school. After all, if you have a 2.3 GPA and a 138 LSAT, you  – unfortunately – are very unlikely to be able to make it through law school and then to pass the bar exam when you get out. So making this decision now, before you’ve invested three years and $200,000, could be the smartest thing you could do. This is especially true for those of you harboring a “dream” of becoming a lawyer but who do not have a lot of practical experience in a legal environment and therefore may not be clear about the profession and its demands. I welcome people to fill out a form on my website for a free initial consultation, and every year I hear from people who were academically dismissed from Thomas Cooley or Ave Maria but “have always dreamed of being a lawyer.”

I get a lot of comments on this blog from people who are in your situation. I first published this post in 2007, and it’s my most popular blog post. I welcome you to read the responses, but they can be summarized in these points:

  • If you have a high 140s LSAT, a GPA at 3.5 or above, and no major arrests, discipline issues, etc., then if you apply to the right schools and submit the best possible application materials, you will probably be successful. If you have a mid 140s LSAT, a high GPA, and a history of accommodations that you were not awarded for the LSAT, you may also be successful with a persuasive application.
  • If your grades are terrible and your LSAT score is under 150, I don’t care if you have 20 years of experience as a paralegal, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, you are probably wasting your time applying to law school. Some mitigating factors include military service or coming from a significantly underprivileged background.
  • If you have a 130s LSAT, you’re not going to law school.  It’s not fun for me to say this, and I know it hurts to hear it. And, yes, I will answer this question exactly the same way no matter how many times or in how many variations it is posted as a comment on my blog or the Law School Expert Facebook page. People get really mad at me for saying this, like I’m saying it to be mean. People leave comments about how mad they are that I wouldn’t help them because of their 136 LSAT. So then I message them and ask them to prove me wrong – where did they get in? My favorite response was the person who recently told me that she “almost” got into a certain law school. I’m just not sure how a person “almost” gets into law school. I hate dashing people’s dreams, but I like making sure people don’t ruin their lives or pound themselves into debt for no reason. If you can try to retake the LSAT with better preparation, that’s my first suggestion. Only after repeated attempts would I suggest giving up the dream entirely.

What about Conditional Acceptance Programs?

There are schools that will offer you the privilege of paying to take a summer course or two with the incentive that participants who earn a certain grade will be admitted to the fall entering class. These programs are sometimes referred to as “AAMPLE” programs. Sometimes conditional programs are online, and sometimes they are on campus. If your LSAT score isn’t an accurate predictor of future academic success, this may be your best and only option. But there is no guarantee of acceptance, and before you commit to any programs ask about the number of people admitted during previous sessions and whether those people went on to graduate/be in good standing once enrolled as law students. For a list of law schools with conditional acceptance programs, see

I first wrote this post in 2007, and it has been my most popular blog post in the years since. I have not seen students with scores in the low 140s be successful with admission to ABA approved law schools in quite a few years. When someone approaches me who has a very low LSAT score I always encourage them to spend their dollars on LSAT preparation/tutoring before admission consulting and to contact me again once they have achieved a higher score. Schools are not taking chances on people with very low LSAT scores because, statistically, these students do not perform well in law school. Law schools are being closed for taking students who have little chance of success – see Thomas Jefferson Law School.

See also: When is an LSAT Score Too Low?

684 thoughts on “Very Low LSAT scores?

  1. Hi, Im a 24 year old latina immigrant, 147 LSAT and 3.0 GPA- I have a great resume- from working at a firm for 5 years to founding a nonprofit in my community; working for labor unions and independent media journalist. Is there i change i could get in Brooklyn Law or Cardozo?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Maria,
      I don’t provide feedback about chances of admission on the blog format (or I’d never get to sleep!). But you need to consider that the 25th percentile LSAT scores and GPAs for these schools are very far above yours, and also apply to some safety schools.

  2. Ann,
    I’m a 23 year old white male with a 153 LSAT score and a 3.52 UGPA. I’ve already sent my applications out for Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Creighton and Drake law schools but I was hoping you could give me some advice on whether I should add any last minute safety schools.

    Nebraska is what I’m shooting for but, given my LSAT score, I’d be happy with just about anything.

    Also, if it turns out I’m rejected from all five, I’m open to taking the LSAT either this February or June 2013.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Matt,
      I can’t give feedback about chances for admission within the confines of the blog format, but it does look like you chose reasonable schools based on your numbers.

  3. Ann,
    I am a 34 year-old immigrant from South America. I have been living in this country for ten years. I am a native spanish speaker. My UGPA is 3.90 from Broward College in FL. My LSAT score is 150 . I have over ten years work experience in the aviation field as a flight instructor (pilot),and I currently teach aviation maintenance courses in a 4-year public institution. I was the first female supervisor in my former company. I have a great resume and letters of recommendation. What are my chances of getting into FIU or Nova?

  4. Hi Ann. As you can tell by all the other comments, it is frustrating receiving a low LSAT score especially when law schools depend so heavily on them. I just took the December 2012 test and am awaiting my results. I have a UGPA of 3.79 from Michigan State. I was immediately employed after graduating in May 2012 in a corporate law dpeartment of an automotive company. I took a prep course and studied for 5 months for the LSAT. I have never been able to score above a 146 on the practice tests. I scored low on my ACT as well but I was able to get into MSU and graduate with honors. I have 2 strong letters of rec and legal experience in the workplace. I would like to attend schools in the top 100, ASU, Loyola Chicago and U of Arizona, to name a few. If my LSAT score is in the mid 140s do you think I have a chance at any of the 3 schools? Thanks!

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Jana,
      I do understand your frustration. I can’t tell you your chances of admission via the blog format, but hang in there and let’s hope for the best on the December LSAT.

  5. Hi Ann:

    Thanks for your blog. I’ve lots of useful information!

    I graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, and my cumulative GPA is 3.58 (GPA at Roosevelt 4.0). I took the October LSAT and scored a 136 and afterwards I took a prep course, scoring in the 145 range on diagnostics. I applied to JMLS for the Spring semester, but have not heard from them. What are my changes of getting into JMLS in Chicago based on my diagnostic scores.

    I have strong letters of recommendations, including one from an attorney I’ve worked for 3+ years. Also, I have a paralegal certificate.

    Or would you recommend applying to more than one school, in case I get rejected.

    I look forward to your advice.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Marg,
      If you are waiting for a December score, you don’t want schools to make a decision based on your 136. You are not going to get into law school with a 136. You want them to wait for your (hopefully higher) score.

  6. Holly Hopeful on said:

    Hi Ann!

    I am a junior at a public University and took the december 2012 LSAT. I had to take it early because I will be studying abroad in the spring. I scored a 155. I have a 4.0 GPA and am hoping to go to a public university. I won’t be back until June, so the June LSAT is out of the question. Should I retake? I took a Kaplan course and studied my butt off… and my 155 is higher than my practice tests. I don’t think I could study as hard for the October test because of a harder course load/working on applications. I am hoping to send in my applications in October, as early as I can. Do you think I should try and retake for a higher score?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Holly Hopeful,
      A 155 is a very respectable score, and if that’s the highest score you’ve gotten, I don’t think you should retake. I think you should choose schools accordingly (including a lot of reach schools, thanks to your stellar GPA) and move forward with it. Enjoy study abroad!

  7. Hi Ann!
    I took the Oct. 2011 LSAT and scored a 141. I decided to retake and scored a 143 on the Dec. 2012 LSAT. I graduated from St. John’s with a 3.32 GPA (Journalism, Business-minor). My GPA is in range with part-time programs at Rutgers, Pace, New York Law, and SJU, however my LSAT scores are not stellar. I have great additions to my apps including running my own business, a leadership position with a organization I co-created at SJU, volunteering and internships. Do you have any other recommendations based on my numbers? Are my current choices reasonable?

  8. Hi Ann,

    Really grateful for the work you are doing for to help people get into school! I graduated with a double major in Political science and Equity Studies, had a tough few years in school but managed to wrap it up positively in the last two. Finaly Cumulative score is 2.08 and my second lsat score is 144. I had great additions to my apps included but not limited to starting up student organizations, sitting on boards for corporations and numerous volunteer and internship positions. I also took a summer law program abroad through and american univeristy and did really well. I also have strong letters of recommendations from my university professors as well as the professors from the law program I attended. Any advice?

  9. Hi Ann,

    I graduated from Suny Binghamton with a 3.1 gpa, and scored a 145 on the Feb 2013 lsat. I studied on and off for 2 months, while holding down a full time job and going through some family issues. On my practice exams i was scoring in the 150’s, but I’m hesitant to retake it since I’ll be 25 soon and will have to wait till next enrollment cycle. Do you think I’d have a chance at getting into Touro or NY Law with my current scores? Or, should I retake the exam? Any advise would be helpful. Thanks

  10. Sergio on said:

    Iam a lawyer in mexico iam 26 years old i just received my lsat and score 138 iam wondering if theres a university that accepts mexican people with 138 lsat score .. thank you

    • Richard on said:

      Sergio,

      She forgot to answer you so I will. Some schools give preferences to non American students and non Caucasian students, but this is only if they feel you can really do well. Your score is low though for even a non Caucasian. You might want to consider taking it again. With a 138 you may be able to get into a non ABA school. You have some things to consider…

  11. Hi Ann,

    I recently finished 8 years in the Marines. Used prep books and scored a 152. Sadly, I have a 2.98 (2.9) GPA. Don’t have time for a prep course. Do I have a shot a decent school?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Jeff,
      You have a shot at a law school – “decent” is in the eye of the beholder….. Can you use an online prep course?

  12. Jay-D on said:

    Hello, I took the LSAT in October of last year and I scored a 133! When my practice scores uncovered the mid 140’s. My biggest and hardest section is LOGICAL REASONING; I took a stab at logic games the very first time and did not understand it then i took another stab at in the next week and grasp the concept well. I took a practice test of just logic games and scored 50 correct out of 80! I’m not worried about reading comprehension, for I know where my down fall lies (Logical reasoning). Many blogs and prep companies say that logic games is the hardest for students and logical reasoning is easier, but its the complete opposite for me and I’m not sure why. Someone please help me. I want to go to Law School but my LSAT score is really low and the only thing I would be eligible for is conditional programs or performance based programs. I need advice.

  13. Hi Ann,

    Graduated from a Big East undergrad with a 3.68 GPA. Have good work and internship experiences.

    Took the LSAT last December and scored a disappointing 149 (logic games were the death of me). I did take a prep class, but was not as dedicated to the course as I could have been (work, commuting, etc.). Still applied and was accepted with some $ to NYLS and WNEC. While I am happy I have some options, I can’t help but wonder what could have been if I scored higher on the LSAT.

    Right now I am weighing sitting out another cycle and prepping with a tutor or accepting one of these offers and possibly transferring after my first year. I know you have done wonders with many of your clients, but I wonder if sitting out an additional year is worth potentially only increasing my LSAT by a few points?

    I appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thank you in advance.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Josh, sit out a cycle. Work on logic games with a tutor and try again. Why? Because otherwise you will always wonder if you could have done better, could have had other opportunities. You don’t feel like you set yourself up for the best possible success – that’s not a good feeling. Why compromise on such an important decision?

  14. ProgressiveInformer on said:

    Hi! I just got back my LSAT score and I received a 152, kind of had a panic attack during it, and I have a 3.6 GPA, should be higher but I flunked a chemistry course, with an economics degree. I’m looking at Northeastern, BU, Washington State, and UCLA(dreaming school) Any suggestions that could help or am I looking at most likely all denial letters?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      ProgressiveInformer,
      I can’t really give chances of acceptance via the blog format for a lot of reasons. I would ask you this – what is the likelihood of being able to improve your LSAT score?

  15. Natasha on said:

    Ann,

    Your blog has been extremely helpful … I just had a few questions … I’m an external university of London law student who just graduated with a 3.1 GPA … I wanted to apply for a JD in the US since that would allow me to sit in any of the bar exams I’d want to … I’ve already taken the LSAT twice … My first score was a 156 and second score was a 165 … I’m just wondering whether despite my low GPA I’ll be able to get into Minnesota Law School … Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated … Thank you in advance …

  16. Natasha on said:

    Hi, Ann … This blog has been really help … I was just wondering if the same rules apply to international students … My GPA is 2.7 and my LSAT score is 172 … Is there a chance for me to get into Univerisity of Minnesota …

  17. sox guy on said:

    Hi Ann, I was wondering I just recieved a 174 on my LSAT but i graduated with a 2.256 gpa at a state college. I never ever studied, rarely went to class and basically did what all my older professional friends told me they wish they had done, have a good time. I feel like my good time might cost me though and with a great LSAT score as the one I got it would be a shame if I didn’t get in to where i wanted. I want a free ride though so I wouldn’t have to work and I could focus on ‘studys’. I hear that law school isn’t something you can BS your way through but many said the same about the LSAT even though its really a big game of Clue or Who Done it just worded out! What do you think are my options. Can I get a full ride to a top law school of my choice, maybe something easy I could breeze through like criminal defense,…your thoughts?

  18. Akash mishra on said:

    Hi I am an Indian lawyer and working for 3 years in an Indian law firm. I will be 27 next year and will go for my jd. Is it too old an age?

  19. Sreesha on said:

    Hi Ann,

    Your blog has given me a hope that my goal can be reached. I have a very low score of 139.I would like to know if I can get admission in any accredited law school.
    Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated … Thank you in advance

  20. Renee on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I recently took the June LSAT and got a 145. I am a non-traditional student as I am a little older than most (35). My undergrad GPA is 3.2 and I have worked as a paralegal for the past 10 years with a local law firm. I would like to apply to the local law schools in my area, which are, Florida International University; Nova Southeastern and St. Thomas University. Although I have already registered to re-take the LSAT in October, and would like to believe that I can do better, since my practice tests ranged from 145-161, with most scores being in the 149-152 range, I would like to know your thoughts on whether it would be a good idea to re-take the LSAT or, if based on the schools that I would like to apply to, would my current LSAT score, GPA and work history be enough for a realistic shot. Thank you in advance.

  21. Richard on said:

    Anne,

    If one person goes to a top 25 school and the other goes to a tier 3 or 4 school, but they both pass the bar in the same state with the same score, it would seem logical they both are equally capable. Why do large law firms tend to favor the higher rated school? Is is just because there isn’t anything left to separate them? I did find some large firms that actually prefer students attend a particular tier 4 school over many of the top schools, but this is because the tier 4 school has older mature students.

  22. Richard on said:

    For those of you who want to discard the LSAT completely, you need to understand that G.P.A. is even a less reliable indicator of how well one would do in law school, or any school. Many students do not give their all while going to high school and college. There are also many outside factors that can not be calculated through any means. Your G.P.A. is a historical fact that can not be changed. You can not go back and change it. On the other hand, you can prepare for the LSAT, take it again, and more than likely improve your score. For these reasons, the LSAT is a far more reliable indicator than GPA. Law schools know this and therefore give slightly more weight to the LSAT than GPA. Ultimately, there is not any way to predict how well an individual will do in school or even in a particular class. It is like trying to predict when Miguel Cabrera will hit his next home run. We are humans and not machines.

  23. Hi Anne,

    Thanks for the great service. I have a very low gpa (3.2) and cancelled this June test after pting in the 160s. My last practice test was a 167. Will I be able to get into an ABA credited law school in the state of Florida?

    Thanks for all the help,
    Vik

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Vik, I wouldn’t call your GPA “very” low. It’s fine, just not outstanding. If you can really pull off an LSAT score in the high 160s, you’ll have your choice of FL ABA schools! (Spoken by a UM alum!)

  24. Anonymous on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I’ve been considering law school for some time. I want an advanced degree, and really enjoyed my Business Law class in college (mind you, that is the ONLY law class I’d taken in college.) With that said, and an 2.5 GPA, how feesible would it be for me to be admitted into a law school assuming my LSAT score is good? Any helpful tid bits are appreciated.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Anonymous – I don’t answer anonymous blog questions because it’s too impossible for readers to follow when there are too many Anonymous people. But I’ll make an exception for you.
      Your LSAT score will carry a lot of weight in where you will be accepted, absolutely.

  25. Hopeful Future Lawyer on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I graduated from a “public ivy league” with a 2.9 GPA. Taking the LSAT and hoping to get in the low to mid 150s. Great LORs, personal statement, work experience, and community service – do I have a shot at getting into any law schools in Wisconsin or Minnesota?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Hopeful Future Lawyer,
      Of course you have a shot, but the higher end of the mid-150s would certainly help……Also, everyone says they have “great LORs, personal statement, work experience, and community service” but this means different things to different people. I can’t say for sure how great your soft factors and application materials are, and that makes all the difference in the world in terms of whether you really have a shot at a reach school.

  26. law school dreamer on said:

    Hi Anne!

    it is so nice of you to respond to all the comments with your feedback and advice. I can’t afford your services right now, I truly wish I could! I’m going to be a senior in college this year and have a 3.797. I’m also majoring in Political Science. I have internships in public offices, work experience and I’m Class President. I’m going to get very good LOR’s and write an addenda with my application. I’m taking the LSAT in October for the first time but my practice exams are showing my score in the 140’s, do I have a shot at any top law school? specifically NYU, Northwestern, or Fordham? Is there anything I could do to make my application better?

    I really would appreciate your advice!

  27. law school dreamer on said:

    Hi Ann!

    it is so nice of you to respond to all the comments with your feedback and advice. I can’t afford your services right now, I truly wish I could! I’m going to be a senior in college this year and have a 3.797. I’m also majoring in Political Science. I have internships in public offices, work experience and I’m Class President. I’m going to get very good LOR’s and write an addenda with my application. I’m taking the LSAT in October for the first time but my practice exams are showing my score in the 140’s, do I have a shot at any top law school? specifically NYU, Northwestern, or Fordham? Is there anything I could do to make my application better?

    I really would appreciate your advice!

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi law school dreamer,
      Your grades and extracurriculars are really impressive, so congratulations on all of your hard work.
      You need, however, to re-think the LSAT. If you’ve been studying on your own, now is the time to sign up for an online prep program or work with a tutor. You need to see significant changes, and you may not be ready for the October LSAT if these are the schools you are looking at. If expense is prohibiting you, you should know that you can do prep programs online relatively inexpensively (see Manhattan LSAT’s Interact program as an example) and this would be an investment worth making in your future.

  28. Hello,

    I’m a non-traditional student. I’m 48 years old and I hold two post graduate degrees (MS, Elementary Education GPA 3.39, 6th Year Diploma in Special Education GPA 3.83), an LSAT score of 142 ( as a child, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia)and wish to become a Special Education Advocate and represent children with special needs. I’ve been self employed for the last 6+ years, while representing my own children’s needs in the PPT process. I have been very successful in this. Hence the interest in law school and helping other children. Is there any chance I can get into a local law school in Connecticut, as I still need to be here for my family? Please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

    With Regards,
    Brenda

  29. Ann,

    I talked to you back in June about how I took the June lsat and ended up cancelling my score and how I planned on taking the October lsat. Well now that the October lsat is coming closer I don’t know if I am ready for it yet. I really plan on going to law school fall 2014 so need to take the lsat very soon. I just wanted to know do you think it’s better if I just wait and take the December one or should I just take the October one and start applying and if the score isn’t what I want then retake it in December? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Fatima, This is a great question. The issue is why you are not yet ready. Is it lack of time to prepare for the test, or is it that you are preparing like crazy but not happy with your score range?

      • Well I feel like i just have not prepped enough. It’s really hard for me to find time to prep with classes and working full time. And so I just feel I need more time. This coming month my focus is going to be only preparing and I guess thats when I’ll decide if I should wait or not.

  30. Well I have not had enough time to study because of classes and work. The next month, I am planning on spending alot more time focusing on preparing for the lsat. I want to see how the next couple of weeks go with my studying and decide which month I should take it in. Do you think I should start applications before receiving my score or after I get the score? Thank you in advance for your reply.

  31. Hi Ann,

    So I was wait listed to schools, that have yet responded. So I did not want to waste me time waiting around another year doing nothing. I had a 2.9 gpa from Hofstra in NY. I majored in english/math. I hope they took that into HEAVY consideration when reviewing my file. So I decided to enter a paralegal program at Hofstra. It is a 6 month program. However, I applying for law school again part time. Pace law is one of a very few law schools that take first year spring students. When I applied there last year. They had sent me something in the mail. Two days later they emailed me saying oh the letter you received in the mail was only meant for “accepted students” your application is still in review. Needless to say they denied me 3 weeks later. So I guess my question to you is what is the likely hood of getting accepted at a part time program at pace law? I had a 145 on my LSAT AND 2.9 GPA from Hofstra. I don’t want to take the LSAT again because while I took the program i had a 21 point through out the program. Will having the paralegal program on my resume hurt me/or a be positive? It is ABA accredited ( I don’t know how much that actually weighs in) I wanted to include grades from the program as well as the internship I would have to do in order to complete the program and a letter of recommendation for a professor. However, I want to send it ASAP like next week. Don’t know if all that extra material is going to make a difference. Or just send it as is?

  32. QUESTION REGARDING OLDER CANDIDATE–My husband is 39 and a French national. He has a BA from France and an MA from Georgetown University with a GPA of 3.4(it would have been 3.7 except for 1 class in his first semester when he had trouble with the english essay requirement. He quickly learned how to write an American 5 point essay as opposed to french standard 3 point (thesis antithesis synthesis) structure and got all a or a+. He also has 10 years of telecom regulatory analyst experience and wants to be a telecom lawyer. How important is the LSAt if he applies to Georgetown law. With a profile like his are their law schools that would not care about a low lsat. He is interested in passing the NY bar as it would help him practice law in France. Any info on specific law schools to target if lsat is low (140s–he hasn’t taken it) or specific schools that like older candidates and also how would his age be seen in general–good or bad?

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Shawn,
      Your husband’s LSAT score is very important for Georgetown Law – he should look at the 25th percentile and 75th percentile LSAT scores to see where he would need to aim to be admitted there. If his LSAT is in the 140s, he would not be a candidate there. You can look through the law schools in the NY area to see what the LSAT ranges are there. It’s good that he did some academic work in the US and at a good school, and that his grades are mostly very good in his MA program, but it would not override his necessity for an in-range LSAT score.

  33. Hello I went to Cy-Fair college in Houston, Tx and got a GPA of 3.5, then transferred to University of Houston, and got a GPA of 3.5, and Finally where i finished my B.A in Gov. got a 3.0. However, lsat score was 135 on first try, taking again this December. Will my previous GPA help me get into a good school? Any ideas, suggestions? Thank you.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Paul. Your overall GPA, combined among all schools, is what the law schools see. Right now, I’d worry more about improving your LSAT score by about 15 points. If you can do that, it will do more for you than worrying about your GPA.

  34. Hi Ann, I just want to thank you for all the help you give aspiring Law Applicants. Anyways I’m in a little bit of a pinch. I have a 152 LSAT and a 2.55 UGPA (I was reckless and mindless about my grades and more mindful about experiencing the things that come with going to a big university). I retook the LSAT this October and I’m hoping for a 155-160, but who knows for now what I got. During college I was a Division 1 athlete and vice president of two campus organizations (in one I was president the year after). I’m taking a year off school to pursue opportunities that I will probably not get to do after Law School. As such I am currently a coach for a local high school football team and a substitute teacher for the district. With all of this in mind, would I have any chance at going to a lower ranked top 100 such as a Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Saint Louis, Rutgers, or Seton Hall? Thanks for anything you can tell me.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Chris, I love that you were an athlete and also involved in student organizations. I don’t know where you attended school, but if your LSAT comes back in the high 150s and your application is strong, I think you will be a contender. I can’t give schools list advice over the blog format because there are so many unknowns about the strength of your application.

  35. Hi Ann,

    I’m in bit of an unexpected bind after receiving my LSAT score. I studied all summer and was PTing around 160, thought I did the same on the actual test, but scored a 150. I don’t feel like I can retake in December and actually see an improvement given my schedule, and I know retaking for February will probably be too late. I really don’t want to wait another cycle as law school is my aspiration. I have a 3.96 GPA at a top 25 public university, have two solid recommendations from academic professors who know me well, decent softs such as being a first generation college student and coming from a family of first-generation immigrants, and other softs such as internships and jobs. I really don’t know what to do and I am so distraught as I didn’t expect this score and everything was going to go as perfectly as planned. Do you believe that I have a shot at schools where the median LSAT is 157? I feel like I have a lot to offer and this one score shouldn’t define my chances at the schools that I want to go to. Thank you.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Sue,
      You can try applying with your current score and see what happens. You could also take December without spending significant time to prepare since you’ve been studying for a long time and what your retake will come down to is performing well on text day – you are not trying to improve your abilities on the test.

  36. Ann,
    I took the LSAT in June, 2013 and in October, 2013… Both times my score was the same (138)I have a 2.91 GPA and am currently finishing up my last semester at Wayne State University in Michigan, I decided to push back my graduation and re-take a couple classes that I failed while at Wayne state to boost up my GPA… I’m in desperate need of help. I face a lot of adversity, I think I can come up with a killer personal statement, however I feel as if my lsat score and gpa is too low. Can you help?

  37. Hi Ann,
    Thanks so much for helping people like you do!
    I took the October LSAT and am extremely disappointed with my score. Practically all of my practice tests put me in the low-mid 160s, but I scored 155 on the real thing. I had my heart set on UNC, and although my GPA falls within their median, my LSAT score completely misses the mark. I think I have other redeeming qualities about me, but will they even look deeper at my application, or will they not even waste their time on me because of my LSAT score?
    Also, my cumulative GPA is a 3.49 according to LSAC, although the school I graduated from has my cumulative at 3.54. My grades were all over the place my first 2 years of college, then I finished at a different university years later. My GPA for just the college I graduated from is 3.87. Will they focus on my more recent grades, or will they get hung up on my cumulative? I had about a 4 year break between the 2 universities, primarily due to military service in Iraq. I think I should also mention that I worked full time throughout college. That certainly impacted my grades and my ability to prepare for the LSAT.
    Sorry if I wrote too much! Thanks in advance for your advice 🙂

  38. Hey, I just had a few questions regarding low LSAT scores. I just took the test for the first time in October 2013.
    The law school I want to attend has the following class profile for 2013.
    25 percentile, LSAT: 151 GPA: 3.18.
    75th percentile LSAT: 155 GPA: 3.58
    Given the information above what score should I be aiming for in order to get in this program.
    Obviously the higher the better but what score would give me the best chance. My GPA is 3.28.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated

  39. Usually I’m a great standardized test-taker, and in the past I’ve scored in the top 3-5%. I just took a practice LSAT and got a fairly low score (145), and apparently 75% of people who take the test do better than I did. I can see the benefit of going to law school, but maybe it’s not my thing? Perhaps it requires a kind of thinking I’m not good at? I’m very math and science-oriented.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Tyler, maybe you’re being a little hard on yourself? This was your first LSAT, taken cold, with no prep? Of course you got a 145! Try studying for a month and see what happens. Then try studying for three months! Then, if you don’t see results, you can start to worry that maybe this isn’t for you….

  40. Isabelle on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I was recently admitted into FIU College of Law with a 3.75 GPA (75%) and a 152 LSAT score (just above their 25%). However, even after being admitted, I opted to retake the exam with the goal of increasing my score for scholarship negotiation. I knew that I had the potential of performing better in December by correcting testing taking factors (getting a good night’s rest the night before).

    I took the December LSAT today and although I feel confident in having improved my score, I am worried that if I drop my score below their 25% (151) they could rescind my admission. Do you think this is possible, considering that I have already been offered admission? On their website they do not mention their policy on whether or not they consider the highest LSAT in the selection process.

    Thanks

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Isabelle, I’m sorry I didn’t have a chance to answer this before the cancellation deadline. FIU is unlikely to rescind admission because it is the highest score they use for rankings purposes and ABA reporting.

  41. Hi Ann,

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past 3 hours. I just took the LSAT earlier today, however I’m thinking of canceling my score and re-taking it in February. The reason being is that it was my first time taking the LSAT and I have practiced so much, so I know I can do so much better than what I did. During my practice exams, I’d be able to answer all/most of the questions, sometimes even have time left. On the real deal today, I left at least 3-7 questions unanswered in each section!!! That is horrible!!!! I think I just got extremely overwhelmed.

    So let me give you some background on myself before asking my question. I was not born in the U.S. I came to this country 8 years ago from a non-english speaking country at 13. I completed high school with a 3.8 GPA, I went to community college and graduated with Highest Distinction, 4.0 GPA, as Salutatorian and was on the president’s list for all the time enrolled at cc (A very good ranked cc btw). Also, member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
    I got into NYU CAS, I got my bachelors, a double major, in Sociology and in Political Science, however I did not do as well in NYU. I had to start working full time at the time I got into NYU and although I hate to use that as an excuse, my GPA was much lower. I ended up with a 3.2 GPA from NYU.

    After taking the LSAT today a hundred million ideas came flying to my head as to what I should do, go to for my 1L at a school that would accept my GPA, get good grades and then transfer to NYU School of Law (reading from your posts everyone seems to want to go to NYU, I’m one more out the bunch hehe). This was a good idea until I learned that there are no scholarships for transfer students at NYU, I can’t really afford to pay anything out of pocket. At all…..
    I kept reading, and after almost giving up on going to Law School, I learned about the AnBryce Scholarship offered to “students whose exceptional academic and leadership accomplishments were achieved in the face of extraordinarily challenging social and economic circumstances. To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be among the first in their immediate family to pursue a graduate or professional degree.” From what you’ve read already, I’ve been through both the social and the economic struggles and I have accomplished academic excellence (beside GPA) in many ways regardless of the circumstances I’ve had to face. I’m not only the first in my immediate family to get a Bachelors AND go into grad school, Im the first in my WHOLE family (this includes cousins, aunts, uncles, etc). So, I could be a perfect candidate for this scholarship. Now the question lies in getting accepted or not into NYU Law

    (My post is getting really long but I apologize I’ve been working on this master plan for hours)

    So I guess Im finally getting to the question. Including: my current GPA and an addendum explaining the reason behind, my previous academic records that show I am a dedicated student, and lets suppose I get a score of 170 on the LSAT, is it realistic that I can get into NYU Law or am I putting the horse before the cart? I want to be realistic because I do not want to get disappointed, but I also want to get into NYU Law since I already went to NYU undergrad, especially with the amazing scholarships that NYU offers.

    If you got this far, Thank you so much for sticking to my long post. I need someone knowledgeable in the subject to help me out here.

    Hope to hear back from you soon.

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Jaisel, I’m sorry I didn’t see this post in time to help you with your decision about whether to cancel. I think it is more plausible for you to apply to schools where your LSAT is high and get a full scholarship to those schools based on your merit.

  42. Omar Mujtaba on said:

    Hi I just got my lsat score back. It was a 142 which was really upsetting. My GPA is a 3.39 I’ve interned at a law firm and at the ny attorney generals office this last summer. I’m at a loss and I don’t know what to do. Please help

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Omar, If you have the ability to improve your score, I suggest retaking the LSAT in June, giving yourself lots of time to prepare, and applying early next cycle.

  43. Darnell on said:

    Hey Ann! I’m looking for suggestions on the type of school to apply to and what type of acceptance rate I can expect…. 147 lsat.. 2.25gpa .. criminal justice major.. I’m a minority and was a NCAA division 1 football player.. location doesn’t matter at all I will rise to be a top attorney regardless of which school I attend..
    I’m waiting for your response and I love your blog!

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi Darnell, Div. 1 Football player? Law schools are going to give you a chance. Absolutely. I can’t help you with a schools list on the blog format but check out the law school admission calculator at LSAC.org and law school predictor tools online.

  44. Hello Ann, my LSAT score is 139 and I have a GPA of 3.15, what are my chances of getting into a T4 school? I have strong letters of rec. and a decent resume.

  45. Hi Anne,
    I had taken the LSAT three times past 2 years. I scored 142, 144 and 144. I had to work 2 jobs in order to support my self. I have already been rejected from many schools such as Howard, American and George Town. I have also taken a prep course which did not help me very much. I can’t retake the exam until Feb 2015. I have decided to do my masters as a back up plan. Any idea where is it that I am going wrong with the LSAT? or is law school just not for me ?( My undergrad GPA 3.76).

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Lydia,
      Your GPA is good. Assuming it was from a respected school, it should carry you far. You may have to apply to different schools and widen your scope and include an LSAT addendum in your application.

  46. Lupita on said:

    Hello, I grew a passion on becoming a dependency attorney after working closely with the department of Children Law Center (CLC) in California for almost three years. I wasn’t aware of the protocol of getting into law school? After doing my homework and attending an open house in Whittier Law School (the law school with a great children’s law program), I am sure that taking a prep course for the LSAT will be of great help. I am not sure where to start? It has been almost two years that I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science degree (major in criminal justice) and its been over a year that I have had my hopes on becoming a dependency attorney! Please give any valuable advice.

  47. Iulia on said:

    Ann, I took the 2014 June LSAT and scored a low score of 150. I have a 3.9 GPA from Arizona State University, worked at a law firm this past year with two amazing letters of recommendations from two lawyers. I work hard, and was scoring in the mid 150’s on my practice tests, but I get a lot of anxiety during the actual test. Do I have any chance of getting into a T3 or HIGHER? I applied to about 10 schools and now I am waiting responses. I dont know if I should retake the test, if I am not cut out for law school because of my LSAT score, or if I should just go anywhere that will accept me and try to transfer.

    Thanks!

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Hi lulia,
      Please forgive the delay in my response. Have you heard back from any schools? I think you would do better by applying earlier in the 2015 cycle rather than throwing in last minute applications.

  48. Hello:

    I have not applied for law school for the fear of not getting in. My highest score is a 136 which is pretty low and gpa of 3.0. I am applying for a part time law program because I own my own business. Should I attempt the LSAT for my third time. Or should I just go on and start applying.??

  49. Marche' Lemoine Clark on said:

    I have a BA in Legal Studies PreLaw from the University of Louisiana but my GPA is very low due to being a working student. However, I have a MS in Criminal Justice from Troy University in Alabama with a GPA of 3.4. Also, I received Mediation Training from University of Georgia at Athens. Now currently enrolled in Kennesaw State University Paralegal Cert. Due to my low GPA in Undergrad, will this school take into consideration GPA from Graduate School etc etc??? I have not taken the LSAT yet trying to build up the nerves. If I make a Low Score, what Law School will most likely accept me? I am think about Charlotte School of Law as a last resort.

  50. Hi Ann,

    I am wondering if you can suggest any Law Schools in CA who may consider me.
    I have a high 3.8 GPA from UCLA history major but my lsat score (took Feb 2015 so Im just assuming since they haven’t been released yet) is around 137.
    I have a documented disability and was denied accommodations through LSAC. I explained this on my application as well as including a note from UCLA’s office of students with disability explaining how I am used to 50% more time and I further explained how the LSAT is not representative of how successful I will be in Law school.
    With that being said,
    I applied to UCLA, USC, LMU, Southwestern and Santa Clara. What do you think my chances are?
    THANKS for your help!

    • Hi Neda,
      I do not suggest schools lists or assess chances via the blog format – sorry. (I would be here all day every day, and without seeing an entire application I can’t give you a well considered opinion anyway).

  51. Hi Ann, I bombed the LSAT with a 146 after scoring in the mid-150’s in practice. I’m getting personal tutoring and re-taking the test in June. My GPA is a low 2.84 due to several life events in junior college, but my GPA at my 4 year is 3.29 and I earned an MA with a 3.46 GPA. I’ve gotten into golden gate university and was denied at seattle university. I’m shooting for USF as my top choice, but applied to UC Hastings LEOP program, Lewis and Clark, Santa Clara, UOP, and have a few more in the chamber including Hawaii and Michigan State. I wrote a diversity statement, addendum, etc. What are your thoughts on my chances and can you help with my situation, particularly if I need to reapply to some of these schools and with my pending apps?

    • Hi Amir,
      Sounds like you’re still waiting to hear from schools and if you only get into Golden Gate you would wait and retake the LSAT and reapply, correct? Sounds like a good strategy to me…. Since your applications are under review there’s not a lot of advice I can offer about the current cycle so let’s see where you are in a month or so.

  52. Hey there Ann,

    It seems like you are able to help many people out with difficult situations so I must present you with the one I am stuck in right now. I have yet to give the LSAT exam, it will happen this June but while preparing, I am not able to score much more than a 141- 143. My UDGPA is around a 2.4 but I have interned at multiple well known law Firms and am in contact wit those firms. What do you suggest I do in order to get into Law School? From my practice tests, It doesn’t seem like I will be able to get in anywhere

    • Hi Josh,
      What have you done to prepare? If you’ve been largely studying on your own, I think it’s time for an intervention. I also think you should move the test date to October.

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  54. Lana Makoviy on said:

    Dear Ann,

    I have a question regarding which law schools I can realistically apply to. I am an English major with a 3.9 GPA from NYU. Unfortunately, even after months of hard work I scored in the mid 150s on the LSAT – 154. I am however making sure that I have a very strong personal statement and resume. I am an immigrant child with a rich diversity history and experience, emigrating into the country 10 years ago from Ukraine, etc. My top choice/dream school is Northwestern (which gave me a free waver, where I also recently completed my interview) because of its storm commitment to public interest law and an array of clinics (I want to pursue child advocacy and immigration law). I would really appreciate your opinion on my situation. Thank you very much for your time.

    • Hi Lana,
      Unfortunately I can’t help you with a schools list on the blog format but I think your work at NYU (especially coming from Ukraine) is really impressive. I would expand your list to other schools where your LSAT is closer to the 25th percentile though.

  55. Mrs. Levine,
    I just took the December LSAT and know for a fact I scored below 150 (I practically guessed on one whole section and ran out of time on another). I have a 3.5 GPA from UCLA, I am currently a law clerk at a huge nonprofit and I have had an internship with AmeriCorps at the Superior Courthouse of Los Angeles.. I am not a good standardized test taker. My SAT was 1600 (median for UCLA is 1900), but I graduated with Highest Departmental Honors and a major GPA of 3.9. I’m also a minority (low income female, Latina). Do you recommend I aim and improve for the LSAT (sitting out another year, I’m currently in my first gap year) or should I bite the bullet and apply?

    • Hi AV, thanks for reaching out. There are so many unknowns that I can’t really answer this on the blog, like where do you want to apply and what are your goals, and what potential do you have to raise your score significantly if you wait until June….

  56. Hi Ann,
    I have a question for you. Boston University has a new program called “BU-BOUND.” It is basically an ED app with no chance of merit scholarship. Do you think it would be easier to get in this way? BU is my number once choice, and I have the funds saved up, so I don’t mind paying full sticker. I am currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. My major is political science and I am also in UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School as a business administration minor. My GPA is a 3.675; however, my LSAT isn’t so hot. I studied for 5 months and ended up landing a 154. Is admission going to be easier for me to obtain under the BU Bound program? Is it even a possibility?

  57. Hi there! I have an unusual predicament. My LSAT score was 143 (I took the December test) and my cumulative GPA is 3.94. I have extenuating medical circumstances that began before the test and have continued into this semester. Since I was still so sick, I felt that I was not going to be successful on the February exam and did not register for it. However, I was just awarded a large academic scholarship that will help pay for my law school. The catch? I have to apply for Fall 2017. Can you help me?

  58. Kayla C. on said:

    I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and I have denied from 3 law schools thus far. I have taken the LSAT’s twice 1st time score: 128; 2nd time score: 142. I completed my undergraduate degree with a 2.56 GPA. I have always wanted to attend law school and graduate to become a Juvenile Justice and Health Lawyer. I could really use your help in getting accepted into a law school so that I could pursue my dream. Thank you in advance.

  59. Hi,
    I have a 3.78 GPA at NYU (full-time student) and I have just taken my LSAT and received a 145, meanwhile I am also working a fully time job. I would like some advise on whether I should just suck it up and take it again (Im afraid I won’t do any better) or if I should just take my chances and apply. If I apply what average scores should I be looking into for the schools I apply to.
    Thanks!