Are schools accepting the GRE instead of the LSAT?
The LSAT is a test that many law school applicants take to gauge their aptitude for studying law. The GRE, on the other hand, is a general examination given by Educational Testing Services and can be used as an alternative to the LSAT. In this blog post, we will discuss whether or not more schools are accepting GRE scores instead of LSAT scores from prospective students.
In 2016, the University of Arizona’s The James E. Rogers College of Law became the first institution to add GRE scores to its entrance examination choices. Since then, several other law schools have started allowing GRE scores instead of LSATs.
The GRE is a Graduate Record Examinations test that measures verbal and numerical reasoning, analytical writing skills, and quantitative problem-solving abilities.
These are the law schools that now accept GRE scores, as reported by ETS, which runs the GRE:
- American University Washington College of Law
- Boston University School of Law
- Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
- Brooklyn Law School
- California Western School of Law
- 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
- Hamad Bin Khalifa Law School (Qatar)
- Harvard Law School
- John Marshall Law School
- Kern County College of Law
- Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
- Monterey College of Law
- New York University School of Law
- Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
- Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
- Peking University School of Transnational Law (China)
- Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law
- Pennsylvania State University Penn State Law
- Pepperdine School of Law
- San Luis Obispo College of Law
- Seattle University School of Law
- Seton Hall University School of Law
- Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
- St. John’s University School of Law
- Suffolk University Law School
- Texas A&M University School of Law
- University of Akron School of Law
- University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
- University of Baltimore Law School
- University at Buffalo School of Law
- University of California, Davis School of Law
- University of California, Hastings College of the 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 Montana Alexander Blewett III 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
Why would you take the GRE over the LSAT if you’re applying to a law school that accepts both? Because these schools now accept it for the same reasons. The GRE is offered more often and in more locations than the LSAT, for example.
GRE scores can also be used to apply to business school or other graduate programs. It’s less expensive and time-consuming to take only one test for students who are deciding which course of study to pursue.
According to a study by ETS, the GRE is recognized as both a valid and trustworthy predictor of law school performance by first-year students. That’s because it assesses important abilities such as qualitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing, which successful law school students need to have.
In short, there are a number of law schools that are accepting both GRE and LSAT scores. It’s worthwhile to check the ETS website to make sure that the law schools you’re interested in accept GRE scores before you embark on the application process.