What does it mean to be a splitter on the LSAT?
Getting into law school doesn’t just require a high LSAT score. You also need to have a decent GPA if you want to be accepted.
A splitter is someone with a high LSAT score (typically in the 75th percentile or above), and a comparatively low GPA (typically a 25th percentile).
For example, someone with a LSAT score of 176 and a GPA of 3.5 is considered to be a “splitter”.
Alternatively, there are “reverse splitters”, which are basically people that scored on the lower percentile of the LSAT, but had a very high GPA.
The bad news is that if you have a low GPA, you’re going to have to get a super high LSAT score to get a chance at being accepted to the law school of your choice.
The good news is that if you have a high LSAT score, your GPA won’t be as big of an issue. That’s why you should invest in an LSAT prep course if you know that your GPA isn’t high enough to be competitive on it’s own.
In the end, what matters most is what your ideal law school programs are looking for – do they want to accept people with higher GPAs and lower LSATs? Or those who scored well on the LSAT but don’t necessarily hold a high GPA? Typically a GPA is next to impossible to move after a couple of years, but you can always focus on getting a competitive LSAT score instead.