Paul L. Caron

Sunday, August 12, 2018

ABA's Decision Continues LSAT's Dominance, Only 20 Additional Law Schools Are Likely To Accept GRE In Fall 2019 Admissions Season

GRELSATFollowing up on Tuesday's post, ABA Withdraws Proposal To Remove LSAT As Accreditation Requirement:, LSAT's Dominance Remains Intact, But GRE Will Press On:

The American Bar Association’s decision Monday to table the elimination of its LSAT requirement might slow the tide of law schools using the GRE and other alternative tests in admissions, but it won’t stop it.

That’s the consensus from deans who backed the unsuccessful proposal to drop the LSAT requirement. The controversial proposed change to the law school accreditation standards was slated for consideration by the ABA’s House of Delegates at its annual meeting in Chicago, but the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, which oversees law school accreditation, withdrew the resolution at the last minute, citing opposition from some delegates. The council was divided on the matter when it voted in May to push forward and will now determine whether to try again.

Marc Miller, dean of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, said Tuesday that he predicted 100 additional law schools would accept the GRE in the coming year had the ABA eliminated the current rule, which requires schools to use a “valid and reliable” test in admissions, with the LSAT being the only test to automatically fit the bill. In light of the ABA’s inaction, Miller said he now expects only about 20 law schools to join the 23 that are already accepting GRE scores alongside LSAT scores. ...

“I’m not shocked, but I’m disappointed,” Miller said. “Reform is hard. Even modest reform. This wasn’t revolutionary. It would have brought law in line with business and medicine. I’m disappointed, but I look forward to understanding more about what the concerns are and talking about how to address them.”

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