Applying to law school is a long, costly process. Every applicant believes that the schools they are applying to are the correct fit for them, and then are devastated if and when they receive rejection letters in place of the acceptance letters they were expecting. Unfortunately, many applicants make several critical errors during the application process, including minimizing the importance of their LSAT scores and GPA as well as ignoring overall acceptance rates.
How you can avoid the law school admissions errors that trip up so many applicants
Don’t you wish you had all of the information in one place to help you apply to law school realistically and effectively? That information is now available to you. Accepted’s 2019 Law School Selectivity Index is now online. The Index is based on the most recent U.S. News ranking data. It includes the following information:
- Average GPA: Stanford has the highest GPA of 3.93. Last year, Yale took the top spot with a 3.91 average GPA. This year, Yale’s average GPA is 3.92, earning it the #2 spot after Stanford. Harvard snags the third slot with 3.90. The average GPA of the top 10 schools is 3.858.
- LSAT scores: Harvard and Yale tie for first place with a median LSAT score is 173. Columbia is next in line with a median LSAT score of 172. The average LSAT of the top 10 schools is 170.5.
- Acceptance rates: Yale has the lowest acceptance rate at 6.9%, considerably lower than its 2018 acceptance rate of 8.4%. The average acceptance rate at the top 10 schools is 17.2%.
Not surprisingly, Yale is ranked #1 (100) in the Selectivity Index, followed by Stanford (97.2) and Harvard (93.1).
The Law School Selectivity Index helps you determine, based on this data, how realistic a chance you have of acceptance at any given school.
Although these metrics are not the only ones used to determine admission, they do reflect how difficult it is to be accepted to different law schools. They also indicate which metrics are more important to which schools.
Why the Law School Selectivity Index is just one tool in your application toolkit
Although helpful, the Selectivity Index has several weaknesses:
- It doesn’t reflect non-qualitative information. This information plays a role in the admission process. Those applicants with strong non-qualitative attributes often allow these students to be accepted when their stats are not as strong.
- It doesn’t reflect a school’s need for diversity in their classes and community.
- It doesn’t include the importance of demonstrating fit with a specific school’s strengths, mission, and values.
Despite these weaknesses, the Selectivity Index is an important resource for your admissions process. Law schools are purposeful in how they choose whom they accept, and your numbers – your GPA and LSAT scores – are critical in determining your law school competitiveness and where you should apply.
Your application process needs to be equally thoughtful and purposeful. The Law School Selectivity Index will show you where your numbers fall and help you choose to apply to a mix of law schools – some where you are competitive, and some that will be your “safety” schools, and reaches.
This knowledge will help make your application process much less stressful and enhance the likelihood of your snagging a spot in next year’s law school class. Check out the 2019 Law School Selectivity Index here.
How an expert law school admissions advisor can help
The law school admissions process is long and grueling, and competition is fierce. If you want this law school application to be the one that gets you accepted, then you’ll need to be strategic and thoughtful when you choose where to apply.
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