Monday, December 4, 2017
BYU becomes the latest law school to announce that it will accept applicants’ GRE scores as a substitute for LSAT scores. From the official announcement:
BYU Law has determined that the GRE, like the LSAT, is a valid and reliable admission test for its program of legal education. BYU Law participated in a multi-school study conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization that administers the GRE. The study found the GRE to be a valid performance predictor of first-year law school grades. BYU Law carefully considered the study and BYU Law students’ inclusion in that study before deciding to move forward. BYU Law joins Arizona, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern and several other law schools in making the decision to accept the GRE. The BYU Law Admissions Office is an excellent resource for those with questions about the admission process.
“We began examining the question of using the GRE as an admissions test more than a year ago,” said Assistant Dean of Admissions Gayla Sorenson. “We are strongly committed to expanding access to legal education, and part of that commitment includes making sure that our students are prepared for a rigorous, exciting academic undertaking. BYU Law students are in the top 20 nationally for academic credentials, so we wanted to be thorough in our evaluation of whether the GRE could be included as an alternative data point in our admission process. We are excited about the prospect of expanding the scope of our qualified applicant pool.”
You can read the full announcement here.