More than half of ABA-accredited law schools accept the GRE for admission.

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Dive Brief:

  • A total of 100 American Bar Association-accredited law schools now accept the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, for admission.
  • That represents more than half of the 199 law schools that offer the ABA, according to ETS, the company that administers the GRE.
  • ETS has introduced changes in the admissions landscape for the GRE as a milestone. Those would help deepen the divide among law school applicants, the company said, echoing a common argument among those seeking to loosen admissions test requirements.

Dive Insight:

For many years, the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, was the exclusive test for ABA-accredited law schools when evaluating students’ applications.

The LSAT is still ingrained in law school admissions culture, but over the past several years, more and more institutions have introduced more flexibility to the process.

In the year In 2016, the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law became the first ABA accredited school to accept the GRE.

At the time, the Law School Admissions Council, or LSAC, the nonprofit organization that oversees the LSAT, threatened to expel the law school from membership. But the LSAC eventually backed down, and the following year, Harvard Law School became the next institution to accept GRE scores.

The ABA has since begun allowing law schools to use the GRE instead of the LSAT. And it is currently. Contemplating that he should leave Admissions tests generally allow law schools to offer any admissions test score as an alternative.

Test-option proposal He gave a different responseIncluding criticism of law school officials who sit on the LSAC Board of Trustees.

Proponents of the plan argue that test-optional law school admissions will help broaden the applicant pool by attracting candidates from traditional backgrounds.

Law schools’ move to allow the GRI is seeking a broader and more diverse range of applicants, Alberto Acereda, associate vice president for global higher education at ETS, said in a statement.

“Over the past several years, the GRE test has helped law schools identify and admit more and more diverse candidates, helping to strengthen the future of the legal field,” Acereda said. “We look forward to continued growth as we work with key members of the legal education community to serve in new and diverse ways.”

The 100th law school to allow the GRE is Drake University Law School in Iowa. Here is the full list ABA Law Schools That Green the GRE

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