Thursday, November 23, 2017

ABA Might Drop Requirement of Using a “Valid and Reliable” Admissions Test

The proposal not to require using the LSAT (or GRE or other test) is now before the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

From the Tax Prof Blog:

After 90 minutes of discussion on Friday afternoon [Nov. 3, 2017] and a split vote, the council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved a recommendation from one of its committees to delete an accreditation standard that requires law schools to test students using a “valid and reliable” admissions test.

If the proposal passes, technically, law schools wouldn’t have to test applicants at all, but they would still need to follow sound admissions practices, which likely would include the LSAT or Graduate Records Examination, since a different accreditation standard would still require schools to make sure that applicants appeared capable of graduating and passing the bar. And to determine if schools were living up to that, the legal education council still would look at admissions test data.

The biggest change would be that schools themselves would decide which test to use, without the burden of judging whether it was “valid and reliable.”

You can read more here.

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