Georgetown Joins The List Of Law Schools Accepting The GRE

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

"No one for one second should think this is somehow making it easier to get into Georgetown Law School".

Georgetown Law School is expanding its admissions procedures to accept candidates' scores from the Graduate Record Examination, also known as the GRE, to recruit a more diverse class of students. The law school is accepting the traditional Law Schools Admissions Test scores or GRE scores for the admission for fall 2019 classes. Their study assessed first-year performance at Northwestern Law to determine if the GRE would be an acceptable predictor.

Last year, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law became the first law school to accept the GRE as well as the LSAT to admit students. Their results showed that the GRE would be a good indicator at Northwestern.

Dean Daniel Rodriguez said, "At Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, we are firmly committed to meeting the evolving needs of the profession, and this means constantly evaluating the law school experience. This includes our curriculum, where we have established relevant new programs, concentrations and courses, our student support infrastructure, including financial aid, and also student admissions and recruitment". Harvard Law School announced in March that it plans to pilot the same process and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law also announced their changes on Monday.

Rodriguez added, "Gaining access to GRE test-takers, many of whom are engineers, scientists and mathematicians, could benefit Northwestern Law and the legal profession at large by diversifying the applicant pool". A major difference between the two exams, he said, is that the GRE is taken on a computer and is offered many times throughout the year, whereas the LSAT is taken by hand on a limited number of specifically scheduled test dates.

Those two announcements come on the eve of the American Bar Association's annual meeting in NY, where the association will discuss possible changes to its policy that requires accredited law schools to use a "valid and reliable admission test" as part of the admissions process. The hesitation by the ABA is part of the reason that Northwestern has adopted the timeline they have on the acceptance of GRE test scores.

After Harvard Law changed its admissions policy, Maryland law schools deans said that they were going to wait for guidance from the ABA on whether the GRE is an appropriate way to measure prospective law students. The Law School will continue to consider a range of factors, including academic ability, work experience, public service, leadership, interviews, career goals, writing skills and letters of recommendation, when making admissions decisions.

Up until this point, the school only accepted results from the Law School Admissions Test, which focuses on analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension related to studying and practicing law.

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