Identifying appropriate law schools to apply to can be overwhelming. The best place to start is with your LSAT score and GPA. You should be looking for schools for which your LSAT score and GPA fall within or near their median. There are many resources to help you identify those schools, but two in particular that are very helpful:
Both of these resources allow you to enter your LSAT score (or hypothetical LSAT score) and GPA to then see where you fall compared to the median LSAT score and GPA of all of the 202 ABA approved law schools. The most appropriate law schools are those where your LSAT score and GPA fall within the 25th to 75th percentile. Schools where you fall above the 25th to 75th percentile would be considered “reach” schools, and those below the 25th to 75th percentile would be considered “safety” schools.
Ultimately, there are many other factors you should consider when selecting schools to apply to, including:
- Geography (consider where you might want to live and practice after law school)
- Opportunities to study and /or practice legal specialties
- Class size, and faculty/student ratio
- BAR passage rates and employment statistics
- Faculty, Student Body, Curriculum, Facilities
To find more information on all of the criteria listed above, go to View All Schools feature of the LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and click on the link for a school, where you will see a complete overview of the school.