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Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:21:50 PM »
From Excess of Democracy:



Of course, it's unclear whether majoring in a particular subject leads one to score better on the LSAT, or whether those who are already likely to do well on the LSAT choose certain majors. Perhaps a combination of the two.

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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 01:24:30 AM »
It's always made me giggle a bit how low down on those charts prelaw and criminal justice degrees are

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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 01:26:21 AM »
Here is another good chart for it (may be a bit easier for some to read)
http://www.ivc.edu/academics/schoolSBS/economics/Pages/lsatscores.aspx

LSAT Scores by Major
Economics undergraduate majors consistently rank in the top LSAT scores because of the logical reasoning and analytical skills gained during their program of study.

Average LSAT Scores by Major, 1995
 
1994-95 rank
 Major
 Average score
 Number of students
 1991-92 rank
 Average score
 Number of students
 
1
 Physics/ Math
 157.6
 689
 1
 157.2
 634
 
2
 Philosophy/ Religion
 156.0
 1,884
 2
 155.9
 1,547
 
3
 Economics
 155.3
 2,916
 3
 155.7
 4,157
 
4
 International Relations
 155.1
 1,546
 4
 154.9
 1,213
 
5
 Chemistry
 154.5
 893
 7
 154.7
 601
 
6
 Government/ Service
 154.4
 812
 8
 154.4
 702
 
7
 Anthropology/ Geography
 154.1
 898
 4
 155.1
 708
 
8
 History
 154.0
 5,819
 9
 154.4
 5,080
 
9
 English
 153.7
 6,324
 10
 153.9
 5,698
 
10
 Biology
 153.6
 1,858
 12
 153.5
 1,519
 
11
 Other Social Science
 153.2
 2,609
 11
 153.9
 742
 
12
 Engineering
 152.7
 2,656
 6
 154.7
 2,536
 
13
 Foreign Languages
 152.5
 2,002
 16
 152.3
 2,042
 
14
 Finance
 152.2
 2,009
 13
 153.1
 2,756
 
15
 Computer Science
 152.2
 468
 17
 152.2
 500
 
16
 Psychology
 151.9
 3,977
 18
 152.0
 3,522
 
17
 Accounting
 151.8
 2,340
 14
 152.6
 2,855
 
18
 Political Science
 151.6
 15,388
 19
 151.8
 13,628
 
19
 Communication/ Arts
 150.7
 3,898
 20
 150.8
 3,909
 
20
 Marketing/ Real Estate
 150.0
 1,826
 21
 150.4
 2,245
 
21
 Liberal Arts
 149.8
 1,148
 24
 149.5
 1,032
 
22
 Management
 149.4
 2,735
 22
 149.9
 3,294
 
23
 Sociology/Social work
 149.3
 3,129
 25
 149.2
 2,550
 
24
 Bus. Administration
 148.6
 2,111
 23
 149.6
 2,454
 
25
 Health Profession
 148.6
 984
 27
 148.5
 1,105
 
26
 Education
 148.2
 823
 26
 148.7
 815
 
27
 No major given
 147.6
 5,289
 30
 145.5
 3,225
 
28
 Prelaw
 147.3
 1,076
 28
 147.9
 712
 
29
 Criminology
 145.8
 3,960
 29
 145.9
 2,928
 

Source: Neiswiadomy, Michael. “LSAT Scores of Economics Majors.” Journal of Economic Education, Fall 1998, 377-379.

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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 08:52:15 AM »
It's always made me giggle a bit how low down on those charts prelaw and criminal justice degrees are

Yeah, ironically criminal justice majors tend not to do so well in law school.
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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2014, 10:04:13 PM »
I wonder if Philosophy would do better if it were separate from religion.

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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2014, 10:17:19 PM »
I think the only reason criminal justice etc majors struggle is they often go in thinking they know everything already due to a few pre-law classes, which is the worst thing you can do in law school IMHO.


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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2014, 10:38:50 PM »
I think the only reason criminal justice etc majors struggle is they often go in thinking they know everything already due to a few pre-law classes, which is the worst thing you can do in law school IMHO.
perhaps, but the chart I gave was based on LSAT scores which have very little to do with the law

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2014, 11:28:59 PM »
I actually think my point applies even more to the LSAT.

Many 0L's who obtained 3.5 GPA and got an A in some pre-law classes assume that means their solid performance in an undergrad classroom will apply to the LSAT, which is the furthest thing from reality.

Again, just my two cents and reasonable minds will disagree.

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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2014, 01:22:51 AM »
I actually think my point applies even more to the LSAT.

Many 0L's who obtained 3.5 GPA and got an A in some pre-law classes assume that means their solid performance in an undergrad classroom will apply to the LSAT, which is the furthest thing from reality.

Again, just my two cents and reasonable minds will disagree.
And yet, you'd think they'd learn their mistake and retake if that is all it were wouldn't you?

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Re: Which college majors get the best LSAT scores?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2014, 07:53:18 PM »
They might that actually brings up an interesting question I wonder how many students actually retake the LSAT?

Your logic that a LSAT taker who was overconfident on their first try could just retake, but in reality imagine the majority of LSAT takers give it one shot and that is it. I have no evidence to back that up, but it would be interesting and actually objective stat as to whether someone retook the LSAT.