Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Should Law Schools Fully Embrace The GRE? New Report Urges Caution.

Following up on last week's post, ABA Releases Consultant's Report On Use Of GRE In Law School Admissions, Establishes Verification Program For GRE Scores:  Reuters, Should Law Schools Fully Embrace the GRE? New Report Urges Caution:

GREThe arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools shouldn’t put the Graduate Record Examination on equal footing with the Law School Admission Test without more data on how it predicts first-year grades, according to a new report by researchers the ABA tasked with evaluating the GRE's promise.

The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is giving the public until Oct. 31 to weigh in on the report, which has opened a new front in the long-running battle over whether ABA standards should explicitly allow the use of the GRE in admissions, as they do the LSAT.

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2016 became the first to allow either LSAT or GRE scores. Since then at least 71 other ABA-accredited law schools have joined it, including 11 of the so-called T-14 schools. But GRE use overall remains limited, with less than 1% of first-year law students in 2020 applying with GRE scores, according to ABA data.

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