Do you like exams?
Well if you want to be a lawyer there was one exam that mattered, and that used to be the LSAT. Today the American Bar Association is one step closer to eliminating the entrance exam requirement for law school admissions, that of which mandated the schools to use a standardized test. What started as an effort for schools to look more appealing to potential applicants, turned into schools generally accepting the GRE in substitute for the LSAT. The proposed change awaits an August review by the bar association delegates before finalized, so don’t think you’ll be able to get into law school without taking any test at all; also, many laws schools may not be so quick to abandon the LSAT as their primary admission tool.
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The LSAT was created at the urgency of law schools and thereon became a requirement for applicants to gain admission; and until recently the standardized exam was given six times a year at designated centers. To date, 17 law schools have transitioned, and decided to accept a GRE score in admissions, while more are considering the change. This includes the University of Georgia School of law, starting in the Fall of 2019 class, but there is a catch… Students can only avoid the LSAT if they are enrolled in a dual degree program at the university.
So, whether the GRE meets that requirement is open for debate, but how other law schools will follow and the final decision in August will set the platform for new potential-law students.