Above the Law, This Law School Will Pay You To Take The GRE To Save Its U.S. News Rank From The Dreaded LSAT:
Law schools have been trying to do away with using the LSAT as an admissions requirement for quite some time. The ABA first took up the idea of axing the LSAT in 2011, and then in 2014, instituted a new rule that would allow some law schools (i.e., law schools connected to a university or college with an undergraduate program) to fill up to 10 percent of their entering classes with students who hadn’t taken the LSAT. Several law schools, including SUNY Buffalo, Drake, the University of Iowa, the University of Hawaii, and St. John’s University quickly rushed to begin enrolling students without LSAT scores. Just one year later, the ABA voted to repeal its LSAT exemption rule, effective with the incoming class of fall 2017.
Now that evidence of the great law school brain drain is on display for all the world to see, with LSAT profiles of matriculants dipping lower and lower every year, law school administrators are trying even harder to find a way to weasel out of having to admit students who have taken the LSAT (unless, of course, their LSAT scores are amazing; those students are allowed to continue taking the LSAT, if only because those high scores will help the law school’s U.S. News ranking instead of hurting it).
What are law schools trying to do now to keep the LSAT far, far away from their U.S. news ranking? At Wake Forest University School of Law ... has teamed up with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and two other law schools to see if the GRE would work as an alternative to the LSAT for law school admissions, and the school needs assistance from both current students and recent graduates for some experimentation. ...
How desperate is Wake Forest to get rid of the LSAT? Wake Forest is so desperate that it’s willing to pay people to take a standardized test with a math component. Yikes.
An astute tipster had this to say about Wake Forest’s plans to escape the LSAT:
How can this be read as anything other than borderline panic about the future of legal education? Though realistically this is nothing but a bunch of hot air; Wake, like every lower Tier-1 school, will do anything it can to keep itself from falling out of the top 50 in USNWR. Perhaps they think this will be a loophole whereby they can jack up the LSAT stats and fill out the rest of the class with GRE applicants for a year or two before USNWR catches on.
Will Wake Forest’s GRE gamble work? Would the ABA even deign to consider using the GRE instead of the LSAT? At the very least, you know the ABA is willing to try anything for a year, so we suppose we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, we hope Wake Forest students and graduates are brushing up on their algebra and geometry skills.
Press Release, Wake Forest Law Joins Two Other Schools in Blazing Trail for Possible New Sandardized Testing Option