List of Law Schools Accepting GRE Grows
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- The GRE is a good predictor of law school success, according to two studies by the Educational Testing Service.
- The growth of GRE acceptance among law schools is indicative of schools' desires to increase access to legal education, according to ETS.
- The University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law was the first in a test program to accept the GRE in law school admissions.
The GRE exam, prevalent in graduate program admissions, is becoming more popular in law school admissions offices across the country.
On Oct. 4, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that 100 of the 199 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association accept the GRE for admission instead of the LSAT.
ETS administers and scores GRE tests, The Praxis Series, and the TOEFL and TOEIC tests.
According to ETS, the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law was the first in a test program to accept the GRE in law school admissions. Drake University Law School is the latest.
The University of Arizona's law school adopted the GRE after a 2015 independent ETS study of its students showed that the GRE is a good predictor of success.
In 2018, ETS published a study working with 21 U.S. law schools that found the GRE to be a "strong, generalizably valid predictor of first-year law school grades."
The University of Arizona's law school accepted the GRE to diversify and expand its application pool since more people take the GRE for graduate and professional programs than the LSAT law school aptitude test.
However, according to its website, 97% of applicants still apply using the LSAT, as of 2017.
"The growth of GRE acceptance among law schools is indicative of schools' desires to increase access to legal education and attract a larger, more diverse applicant pool," said Alberto Acereda, associate vice president of global higher education at ETS. "Over the past several years, the GRE test has helped law schools to identify and admit increasingly diverse candidates, helping to bolster the law field of the future."
Looking to apply to law school? Whether you take the GRE or LSAT, make sure your scores are less than 5 years old.