Friday, October 27, 2017
Columbia Law School is joining Harvard Law and Northwestern in the growing club of law schools that accept the GRE score for admissions. The change will affect applicants for the fall of 2018, and the school said in a press release that the move was to prepare students to be leaders in the legal profession as well as other fields.
“As part of its ongoing commitment to preparing students to be leaders in the legal profession, as well as other fields such as science, technology, public policy, and business, Columbia Law School will accept Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in addition to LSAT scores from applicants to the three-year J.D. program beginning on a trial basis in fall 2018,” Columbia stated on its official website.Columbia said that accepting GRE exam scores as well as the LSAT will allow more candidates to apply.
“The GRE will allow an even broader pool of candidates to apply to Columbia Law School,” Columbia Law wrote. “The GRE is offered frequently in hundreds of locations around the world and is accepted by a wide range of graduate and professional degree programs. This option could be particularly attractive to those whose academic or professional pursuits—such as engineering and the life sciences—have historically not been aligned with the study of law. Encouraging such individuals to pursue a law degree reinforces Columbia’s commitment to fostering an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies.”
You can read more here.
Is this the beginning of a trend? I wonder is anyone has studied the value of the GRE in measuring one’s aptitude for legal studies.