Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Muller:  The Sensational Hype Over Lawless Law School Admissions

GREDerek Muller (Pepperdine), The Sensational Hype Over Lawless Law School Admissions:

There's been a lot of hype about the proposal to end of the requirement that law schools use the LSAT in admissions. Some sources (here unlinked) fret about standardless admissions in law schools and a race to the bottom.

There are many reasons to doubt this. But I wanted to take a few (?) paragraphs to look at the recent past of the LSAT and the transition we may be experiencing. ...

USNWR will likely (unfortunately) drive a lot of decision-making. USNWR already converts GRE scores into their percentile equivalents for reporting LSAT medians. I'm not familiar with any evidence that this practice is warranted--I don't know if a 75th percentile score on the GRE is the same, worse, or better, than the 75th percentile on the LSAT. But, to the extent schools are driven by USWNR, they are likely to keep GRE scores, on percentile terms, roughly correlated with LSAT.

It also means that how USNWR in the future decides to handle bodies of students without any test score will be the true test of experimentation. Of course, if brave schools choose to do what they think is best for their students, USNWR be damned... but that's the stuff of rampant speculation.

Dave Killoran (PowerScore) & Mike Spivey (Spivey Consulting), ABA On Track To Drop LSAT Requirement: What Happens Now

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