LSAT Classes | What are 12 Points Worth?
While it does not sound like a lot, 12 points is an enormous improvement on the LSAT (which is graded on a 120 to 180 scale). For example, if you improve from 150 to 162, you are moving from the 44th percentile to the 86th percentile. And the difference between 160 and 172 can be the difference between a top 100 school and a top 5 school.
Our students often ask us how much a 12 point increase on the LSAT is really worth. Below you will find just one way of thinking about this question.
A 12 point increase makes you tremendously competitive at an entirely different tier of schools. The graph below demonstrates that the law school you attend has a very strong correlation to your starting salary after school. As this graph illustrates, a twelve point increase is worth well more than $20,000 in your first year after school alone.
At Stratus Prep, we have many students who end up pursuing a career in the public interest. If you take this path, you still need to take into account the average starting salary of your colleagues. This will have a direct bearing on how others value your degree, so it influences the public interest positions you can obtain.