Tuesday, July 8, 2014

When Will Law School Admissions Make the Standardized Test Optional?

From USA Today:

Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., in June became the only institution of higher education in the USA to enforce a “test blind” policy, which means it will reject any test scores it receives. Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., also recently added its name to the list of more than 800 “test optional” schools across the country.

Colleges with a test-optional policy span the country, including top-tier school such as Bowdoin College, Wesleyan University and American University.

You can read more here.

The ABA still requires law schools to use a standardized test (i.e., the LSAT, in reality) in the admissions process. The ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has proposed permitting law schools to admit up to 10 percent of their entering class with students who haven’t taken the LSAT. The ABA House of Delegates will consider the proposal in August. You can read more here at TaxProfBlog. Maybe it’s time to follow the lead of 800 institutions of higher learning.



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