Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BU, George Mason, Massachusetts, And Virginia Are Latest Law Schools To Accept GRE For Admissions

GREBoston University, George Mason, Massachusetts, and Virginia are the latest law schools to accept the GRE (joining American, Arizona, Brooklyn, BYU, Cardozo, Chicago Kent, Columbia, Cornell, Florida State, Georgetown, Harvard, Hawaii, John Marshall (Chicago), Northwestern, NYU, Pace, PennSt. John's, Texas A&M, UCLA, USCWake Forest, and Washington University). Two law schools allow the GRE in limited circumstances: Chicago (admissions committee may grant LSAT waiver) and Georgia (students enrolled in a dual degree program at the university). (George Washington has rescinded its use of the GRE because it has not done a school-specific validation study.)  A non-U.S. law school — Hamd Bin Khalifa University Law School (Qatar), in partnership with Northwestern — also accepts the GRE.

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Prospective law students waste far to much time studying for the LSAT. Devoting 1,000 hours to test prep has become almost mandatory given how much a 3 point swing can mean for admissions options or scholarship money. This goes double now that there is no penalty or limit for retaking. Switching over completely to the GRE is one way to break this cycle, as the GRE at least follows a format that is familiar to any college student who was taken the SAT and PSAT.

I would actually prefer a content based test similar to the MCAT for medical school. The law school version could test on subjects such as US Govt, US History and Econ 101 principles. At least this way, applicants would learn some content in their 1000's of hours of test prep.

Posted by: JM | Oct 2, 2018 11:11:18 AM

To clarify, that's Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, not UMASS Law in Dartmouth.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Oct 2, 2018 7:48:26 AM