The Hardest Law Schools to Get Into

University of Chicago
University of Chicago

For those looking to leave their mark on the world, few careers allow for greater meaningful impact than law. Laws are the foundation of society — and the implementation of new laws can have profound implications in people’s lives. As a result, the law selects few professions requiring years of specialized education beyond an undergraduate degree.

As with any higher education institution, law schools vary in quality and selectivity. For many aspiring lawyers, getting into the right school can be critical for their career.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on LSAT scores, undergraduate GPAs of enrollees, and acceptance rates for over 200 top law schools from the American Bar Association to determine the hardest law schools to get into. The university lists the law schools they are associated with.

Many of the most powerful people in the United States have attended the most selective schools on this list. All nine justices of the Supreme Court graduated from elite Ivy League law schools. Similarly, the last three U.S. presidents with law backgrounds were trained in those same institutions: Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton at Yale Law School, and Barack Obama at Harvard Law.

Law school is a massive investment of time and money, often costing over $150,000 in intuition over the course of three years. Because of the investment and high level of expertise, and education in law — regardless of the institution’s selectivity — is a pathway to many exceptionally high-paying legal careers.

 

Here Are The Hardest Law Schools to Get Into

 

10. University of Southern California

University of Southern California
University of Southern California
  • Acceptance rate: 3.4%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,695
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.78 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 166 out of 180

 

9. Duke University

Duke University
Duke University
  • Acceptance rate: 4.1%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,558
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.78 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 169 out of 180

 

8. University of Virginia

University of Virginia
University of Virginia
  • Acceptance rate: 5.3%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,631
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.89 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 169 out of 180

 

7. Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
  • Acceptance rate: 3.4%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,143
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.8 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 167 out of 180

 

6. Northwestern University

Northwestern University
Northwestern University
  • Acceptance rate: 4.5%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,313
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.84 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 169 out of 180

 

5. Harvard University

Harvard University
Harvard University
  • Acceptance rate: 6.4%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 7,551
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.9 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 173 out of 180

 

4. University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
  • Acceptance rate: 3.7%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 6,413
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.89 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 170 out of 180

 

3. Yale University

Yale University
Yale University
  • Acceptance rate: 4.7%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 3,473
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.92 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 173 out of 180

 

2. University of Chicago

University of Chicago
University of Chicago
  • Acceptance rate: 3.6%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 5,110
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.89 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 171 out of 180

 

1. Stanford University

Stanford University
Stanford University
  • Acceptance rate: 3.8%
  • Applications for fall 2018: 4,360
  • Median undergrad GPA of new enrollees: 3.93 out of 4.0
  • Median LSAT score of new enrollees: 171 out of 180

 

Source: 24/7 Wall St