Two New York Law Schools Announce GRE Acceptance
Two New York law schools are the latest to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.
New York University School of Law announced last Wednesday that it will be accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT in admissions for 2019’s incoming class. Cornell Law School made its announcement last Tuesday, saying that the school will be accepting the GRE as well as GMAT scores for admission.
“By experimenting with greater flexibility in our application process, we hope to make a world-class legal education accessible to an even wider variety of students,” Cornell Law Dean Eduardo Peñalver, says. “Our hope is that accepting the GRE and GMAT will allow us to reach a diverse group of prospective students from different academic backgrounds, such as engineering or technology.”
Nearly Half of New York’s Law Schools Now Accept GRE
The announcements mean that seven of New York’s 15 law schools now accept the GRE for admission, according to Law.com.
Last October, Columbia Law school announced that it would begin accepting the GRE this fall.
While a number of schools have announced plans to accept the GRE, few have begun accepting the GMAT as well. Last month, the University of Pennsylvania Law School became the first law school to embrace the GMAT for traditional J.D. admissions, according to Law.com.
Cornell is now the second law school to do so. But the move is small. According to Law.com, Cornell will admit no more than 20 students, or 10% of the class, with GRE or GMAT scores to the 2019 incoming class.
At NYU, no cap on student with GRE scores has been set. According to assistant dean for admissions Cassandra Williams, the schools expec a majority of applicants will continue to submit LSAT scores.
“This is something we have been considering for some time, and now we are ready to move forward in the process and accept the GRE,” Williams tells Law.com.
22 Law Schools Now Accept GRE
As of July, 22 law schools now accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, according to The Princeton Review.
Nearly every school has cited widening the applicant pool as a main reason behind accepting the GRE.
“We have been trying to build the community of students with STEM backgrounds because our faculty and career services office have told us they are in high demand in the marketplace, once they graduate,” NYU’s Williams tells Law.com.
Here is the updated list of law schools accepting the GRE below:
- Brigham Young University Law School
- Brooklyn Law School
- Columbia Law School
- Cornell Law School
- Florida State University College of Law
- George Washington Law School
- Georgetown Law
- Harvard Law School
- Illinois Institute of Technology College of Law
- John Marshall Law School
- New York University Law
- Northwestern University School of Law
- Pace University School of Law
- St. John’s University School of Law
- Texas A&M School of Law
- University of Arizona College of Law
- University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
- University of Hawaii School of Law
- University of Pennsylvania Law School
- University of Southern California Law School
- Wake Forest School of Law
- Washington University School of Law
- Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law