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Applicants’ Highest LSAT Score by Category: 1993–2016

These data summarize ABA applicants’ highest LSAT score categories by law school academic class year. In practice, the average LSAT score was in use for many of these years, but the highest LSAT information is being provided for comparison purposes to illustrate changes in applicant populations over time. As a result of the change from average to highest LSAT score, application behavior may have also changed. Please bear these facts in mind when using this information.

Highest LSAT Score Counts: ABA Applicants to All Terms (1993–2016)

A line chart titled Applicants’ Highest LSAT Score by Category 1993-2016. The horizontal axis represents academic class years 1993 through 2016. Along the left vertical axis are numbers 10,000 through 50,000 indicating LSAT score group count. Along the right vertical axis are numbers 60,000 through 100,000 indicating the total number of all LSAT scores. A final separate horizontal axis has two anchor points, one in 1993 indicating 176 ABA law schools and the second in 2016 indicating 205 ABA law schools. The line labeled 160 to 180 representing the highest LSAT score counts, starts between 15,000 and 20,000 and stays flat, rising slightly to 20,000 in 2001 and rising slightly more through 2005. In 2006 the line dips down slightly but stays flat through 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the line rises, peaking in 2010. From 2010 through 2013, the line drops slightly and then levels out from 2014 through 2016. The lines labeled 120 through 149 and 150 through 159 begin around 30,000 and 35,000, respectively; in 1993 they begin to converge, completing the convergence around 1997. The lines cross in 1998 and remain closely aligned from 1999 through 2001. In 2002, the 150-159 line begins to separate from the 120-149 line on a steeper upward trajectory. From 2004 through 2010, the two lines remain separated by approximately 5,000 test takers. In 2011 the lines begin to converge again, a trend that is fully realized in 2014 when the lines meet. From 2014 through 2016, the lines are nearly identical. The final line represents total test takers and is aligned with the right axis. The line begins around 87,000 in 1993, rises to an all-time high of approximately 102,000 in 2004 then dips down to about 85,000 in 2008 then rising again to 90,000 in 2010. From 2011 onward, the line drops notably every year through 2014 when it hits just below 60,000 and then begins to level out through 2016.

Highest LSAT by Score Group: ABA Applicants (1993–2016)

Academic Year Highest LSAT Score Total
120–149 150–159 160–180
1993–1994 29,283 36,018 19,780 87,074
1994–1995 29,836 35,769 21,417 89,016
1995–1996 30,783 34,205 17,971 84,954
1996–1997 28,053 30,426 17,233 77,708
1997–1998 26,734 28,430 16,224 73,385
1998–1999 27,907 27,288 15,528 72,721
1999–2000 28,665 27,938 16,376 74,978
2000–2001 28,829 28,886 16,333 74,048
2001–2002 30,536 30,576 16,458 77,570
2002–2003 33,877 36,286 20,362 90,525
2003–2004 36,111 40,092 23,468 99,671
2004–2005 34,429 42,711 24,681 101,821
2005–2006 32,113 39,986 24,972 97,071
2006–2007 29,715 37,720 22,690 90,125
2007–2008 27,958 35,436 22,196 85,590
2008–2009 27,701 34,705 22,076 84,482
2009–2010 28,059 35,826 24,249 88,134
2010–2011 28,294 35,198 26,392 89,884
2011–2012 26,010 31,821 22,741 80,572
2012–2013 23,825 27,095 19,172 70,092
2013–2014 22,377 23,416 15,665 61,458
2014–2015 20,663 21,293 14,933 56,889
2015–2016 21,100 20,926 13,635 55,661
2016–2017 20,831 20,372 14,548 55,751

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