After spending countless hours thinking about, preparing for and taking the LSAT, once it’s over, good or not so good, you have your score. You can now focus on completing law school applications. Your LSAT score is a reality check that will help you narrow the list of law schools to which to apply based on the probability of acceptance. Free online law school admission prediction calculators will give you an idea of your chances of being admitted to specific law schools based on your LSAT score and GPA. While no predictor is 100% accurate, these 3 provide a pretty good idea of what your chances are with the different tiers of law schools. Furthermore, if you did not receive a good LSAT score, an LSAT predictor can help you decide if you should retake the LSAT.
HourUMD Law School Probability Calculator
After you enter you LSAT score and GPA, the HourUMD Law School Probability Calculator will calculate your chances of getting into specific law schools based on data it pulls from LawSchoolNumbers.com. LawSchoolNumbers.com is a website that allows students to self-report law school admissions information. By aggregating the data from LawSchoolNumbers.com, HourUMD calculates the percentage of LawSchoolNumbers.com applicants with similar LSAT scores and GPAs who were admitted to a specific law school. For example, according the HourUMD, a student with a 170 LSAT score and a GPA of 3.8 has a 6.15% chance of being accepted by Yale Law School and a 65.22% chance of getting into the University of Pennsylvania Law School. HourUMD also shows the total number of LawSchoolNumbers.com students who were accepted and not accepted with a particular LSAT/GPA combination. For Yale applicants with a LSAT/GPA combination of 170/3.8, 4 students were accepted and 61 were not accepted.
HourUMD has statistics for the majority of accredited law schools as well as some unaccredited law schools. A potential weakness of HourUMD is that the pool from which the statistics are generated is limited to students who use LawSchoolNumbers.com, may be skewed in favor of students with higher scores, and is dependent on students self-reporting admissions information truthfully.
The Law School Predictor
The Law School Predictor combines admissions index formulas published by individual law schools with LSAT and GPA information of matriculated students to generate a list of law schools to which a student is likely to be admitted. The Law School Predictor has formulas for all accredited law schools that publish this information as of the 2012 admissions cycle. Some law schools do not use formulas and some law schools that do use formulas do not publish them.
The Law School Predictor has multiple calculators. After inputting your LSAT and GPA, the "Law School Matcher" provides you with 3 lists of law schools categorized as "reach," "target" or "safety" schools. The "Top 100 Full-Time Programs" calculator provides a list of top 100 law schools based on rankings from US News & World Report and labels each one as "deny," "weak consider," "consider," "strong consider," or "admit." For example, the "Law School Matcher" determined that Stanford, Columbia University, and University of Chicago are among the "target" schools of a student with an LSAT score of 170 and GPA of 3.8. The same student's "safety" schools include Cornell University, UCLA and the University of Southern California. On the other hand, the "Top 100 Full-Time Programs" calculator finds that a student with a 170 LSAT and 3.8 GPA would likely be denied admission by Yale, strongly considered by Georgetown and admitted by Boston College.
The LSAC Calculator
The Law School Admission Council's UPGA/LSAT Search, commonly referred to as the LSAC Calculator, is available on the LSAC.org website and draws from the admissions data from the previous year. The LSAC calculator generates a range of probabilities of an applicant’s likelihood of admission. For example, again using an LSAT score of 170 and GPA of 3.8, in 2012 Harvard accepted students with LSAT scores between 171 and 176 and GPAs between 3.78 and 3.97. The LSAC Calculator concludes that the 170/3.8 applicant has between an 11% and 21% chance of being admitted to Harvard. Since the LSAC has access to all of the admissions data for LSAC schools, the LSAC Calculator is presumably fairly accurate. However, not all law schools opt to participate in the LSAT Calculator, including many of the top tier law schools.