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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Law School Offers Second Chance for Admission to Applicants With 135 LSAT, 2.0 GPA

DuncanNational Law Journal:  Law School Offers A Second Chance for Rejected Students, by Karen Sloan:

One law school is giving applicants who don't make the initial admissions cut a second chance to prove they have what it takes. And it's doing it for free.

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law has introduced Admission Through Performance, allowing rejected applicants to enroll in a free, four-week course on the Federal Rules of Evidence taught by Duncan faculty. If the applicants do well, they can earn a spot in next year's 1L class. ...

Several other law schools offer so-called conditional admission programs. "Most of those other programs charge something, but we aren't charging anything for the course or the textbook," associate dean for academics April Meldrum said. "We expect that many of the students will not succeed, so we wanted to make sure that we weren't taking advantage of them." ...

Law schools nationally saw a 25% drop in applicants over the past two years, but Duncan's difficulties have been exacerbated by its lack of ABA accreditation. The ABA in late 2011 denied its initial accreditation bid, prompting a lawsuit that the school later dropped. Duncan has since reapplied for accreditation and a decision could come as soon as December, Meldrum said.

However, this year's crop of 77 graduates—the school's first—will be eligible to sit only for the Tennessee bar exam. (They would have been able to take the bar exam in any state had the school won ABA accreditation.)  During the litigation with the ABA, administrators said that the accreditation denial had hurt enrollment numbers and caused some students to transfer out. ... The school hopes to enroll a class of just 30 students next year. ...

To participate in the Admissions Through Performance program, prospects must already have applied to the law school and been denied, and must have scored 135 or higher on the LSAT and earned an undergraduates grade-point average of at least 2.0.

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According to this chart, a score of 135 on the LSAT means that you are in 5.6 percentile of all LSAT takers:

http://www.alphascore.com/resources/lsat-score-conversion/

So, roughly, in a room of 20 random LSAT takers, 19 of them will meet this standard. I am glad they are upholding some standards for the profession.

Posted by: Jasper | May 23, 2013 9:30:55 AM

Next year's story will be:
"Law School Offers Third Chance for Admission to Applicants With 135 LSAT, 2.0 GPA, $200k".

Posted by: AMTbuff | May 23, 2013 2:31:17 PM

"I am glad they are upholding some standards for the profession."

Selling your ethics and professional credibility in exchange for cash...*are* the standards of the profession.

Posted by: cas127 | May 24, 2013 12:45:19 PM