Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Derek Muller (Pepperdine), The Best Prospective Law Students Read Homer:
Several years ago, Professor Michael Nieswiadomy (North Texas) released a paper (available on SSRN) [blogged here] on the LSAT scores of economics majors. I thought I'd make some inquiries with LSAC for some data on this subject to follow up.
I asked for all data of 2013 applicants and matriculants to law school. Applicants self-identified one of 142 majors; they could select more than one if they so desired. I obtained the median LSAT scores, and the median GPA scores, for these groups. ...
As you can see, the best prospective law students were the Classics majors. Even though there were just 190 of them, they achieved a 159.8 LSAT and a UGPA of 3.477--the highest in both categories. ... The chart below includes the comprehensive list of all majors with at least 150 applicants, sorted by LSAT score. Some very small majors (e.g., Art History, Music, and Policy Studies) scored quite well. ... Among those majors with at least 1000 takers, the top major was Philosophy, followed by Economics, History, English, and Political Science.
Here are the Top 10 and Bottom 10 college majors by LSAT and GPA (the full list of 46 majors is here).