The Ivy Coach Daily

December 1, 2021

GRE Gains Momentum in Law School Admissions

Law schools like Cornell Law School allow applicants to submit GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores (photo credit: Kenneth C. Zirkel).

For many years, taking the LSAT was a rite of passage for students aspiring to earn admission to America’s top law schools. But the times, they are a-changin’. Over the years, more and more law schools have begun accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT (at the elite law schools, the change began a few years back at Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law). But until recently, the American Bar Association had never essentially blessed the move. And why is their blessing important? Because these law schools are ABA-accredited and one of their key mandates is that these institutions require a valid admissions test. Many wondered if the ABA considered the GRE such a valid test. Yet no one has to wonder any longer as the ABA has alas weighed in on law schools introducing the GRE as an option if applicants wish to submit a GRE score in lieu of an LSAT score.

As Kathryn Rubino writes for Above The Law in a piece entitled “The LSAT’s Monopoly On Law School Admissions Is Officially Over,” “The process of approval for the GRE began years ago, so it’s nice that the ABA has finally decided to make their position known. And even though about a third of ABA-accredited law schools accept the GRE, this could open the flood gates — both in terms of law schools changing their admissions criteria and for prospective law school students willing to take a test besides the LSAT.”

And if you happen to be wondering which highly selective law schools currently accept the GRE, the list includes: the UC Berkeley School of Law, the University of Chicago Law School, Columbia Law School, Cornell Law School, the Duke University School of Law, Georgetown Law School, Harvard Law School, the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Notre Dame Law School, the NYU School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, the UCLA School of Law, the USC Gould School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, the Washington University School of Law, and the Yale Law School, among some others.

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