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Law School Gets On Board With GRE

Another law school has joined the movement for the GRE.

Last week, Yale Law School announced that it will begin accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT for admissions.

“We hope that this step will provide applicants with additional options and flexibility,” reads a statement by the law school.

WHY THE GRE?

A number of law schools have made the switch to the GRE for a number of reasons.

For one, having an additional exam option is a matter of accessibility.

“The GRE is offered almost every day of the year at more than 1,000 testing centers across the country,” according to The Economist. “The test is computer-delivered, and students can view their preliminary scores immediately upon completion. By contrast, the paper-based LSAT is offered just four times per year; scores take three to four weeks to arrive.”

Another reason for the switch is access to a more diversified applicant pool.

“Between 2015 and 2016, 585,677 students took the GRE, whereas 105,883 students took the LSAT,” according to The Economist. “By offering an alternative testing option, admissions officers hope to reach students who might not have previously considered themselves candidates for a law degree.”

SCHOOLS ACCEPTING GRE

Since the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law became the first law school to accept the GRE in 2016, a number of law schools have followed in suit.

As of today, a total of 43 law schools now accept the GRE in addition to the LSAT for admissions.

Check out the full list below:

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Florida International University College of Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • New York University School of Law
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
  • Pennsylvania State University — Penn State Law
  • Pepperdine School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • John’s University School of Law
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Washington University School of Law
  • Yale Law School
  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Sources: Yale Law, The Economist, ETS