Two more law schools announced that they too will be accepting the GRE beginning this fall. For all applicants. Not just joint-degree or other special categories. And (“wait, there’s more!”) neither school made any mention of this decision being part of a limited time pilot program. Those two law schools, by the way, are UC Irvine and the University of Alabama.
Both schools have announced they are doing this to increase the diversity of their law school classes. Let there be no mistake about it. This is great news and we were happy to hear of it. That said, unfortunately, we’re still not certain we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ we once again discussed last week in our blog about Berkeley accepting the GRE and GMAT in limited circumstances. Nonetheless, we’re certainly inching ever closer to it.
Barring a major announcement from the ABA which has yet to officially weigh in on accepting tests other than the LSAT, we believe the tipping point could be less than one year away. Our definition of the tipping point will occur if (hopefully when!) law schools begin accepting tests besides the LSAT so they don’t lose a competitive advantage to rival law schools. As of now, the overwhelming majority of law school applicants are planning to take the LSAT. Of course, part of this is undoubtedly because they would still be limiting their options if they didn’t.