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LSAT® Scores of Economics Majors: The 2008--9 Class Update


  • Michael Nieswiadomy


Using 1994--95 and 2002--3 data, the author (1998, 2006) has found that economics majors scored well on the LSAT®. These results are frequently posted on university Web sites by economics (and other) departments. The author, who updates the previous studies by using current 2007--8 law school applicants for the 2008--9 class of students entering law school, finds that economics majors still perform at or near the top of all majors applying for law school. Economics majors (LSAT® score of 157.4; LSAC 2009) are tied for first (with philosophy) of the 12 largest disciplines (those with more than 1,900 students entering law school). Economics is tied for second (with philosophy/religion [157.4]) behind physics/math (160.0) in a set of 29 discipline groupings that the author created to yield groups of at least 450 students with similar majors.

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  • Michael Nieswiadomy, 2010. "LSAT® Scores of Economics Majors: The 2008--9 Class Update," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(3), pages 331-333, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:3:p:331-333
    DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2010.486739

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    1. John Fordyce & Lisa K Jepsen & Ken McCormick, 2017. "Predicting First-year Law School Performance: The Influences of Race, Gender, and Undergraduate Major," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 43(1), pages 64-77, January.
    2. John V. Winters, 2016. "Is economics a good major for future lawyers? Evidence from earnings data," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(2), pages 187-191, April.

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