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Fourth Law School In New York City Accepts GRE

Another month, another law school accepts the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.

This month, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law joined a number of law schools that have already announced their acceptance of the GRE in place of the LSAT.

“At Cardozo we are dedicated to recruiting an intellectually curious and diverse student body with a wide variety of academic and professional interests,” said David Martinidez, the dean of admissions at Cardozo Law. “Accepting the GRE lets us welcome a greater number of highly-qualified candidates with academic backgrounds in the life sciences and engineering, and who may not have the resources to finance or study for multiple entrance exams.”

Over 5% of Law Schools Now Accept the GRE

Cardozo Law is the fourth law school in New York City to accept the GRE, with Columbia, St. John’s, and Brooklyn Law School already doing so.

Kathryn Rubino, an editor for Above The Law, reports that 14 law schools in the U.S. now accept the GRE — over 5% of law schools overall. Schools that have made the change include Harvard, Northwestern, Arizona, Georgetown, Hawaii, Washington University in St. Louis, Wake Forest, Texas A&M, BYU, and George Washington.

According to a recent survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 25% of law schools say they plan on implementing admission policies accepting the GRE. Just last year, only 14% of law schools said they planned to accept the GRE.

More Than Half of Law Schools Want the ABA to Validate the GRE

The American Bar Association (ABA) has still yet to officially announce whether the GRE is a “valid and reliable” alternative to the LSAT. According to Above The Law, the ABA’s accreditation Standard 503 requires alternatives to the LSAT be valid and reliable.

A Kaplan Test Prep survey from earlier this year found that 61% of law schools say the ABA should make a statement on whether or not law school are permitted to allow applicants to submit GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores.

“They need to pick a side,” one law school admission officer says. “I feel the process should be fairly unified. I want the ABA to be more definitive so we are playing from the same book.”

Sources: Above The Law, Above The Law, Cardozo School of Law, Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan Test Prep