Remember how hard Elle Woods crammed for the LSAT so she could get into Harvard Law School?
Well, if Elle were applying this fall, she wouldn’t have to. That’s because Harvard Law School just announced it’s dropping the Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, as of fall of 2017. Applicants can choose to submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in its place.
Keep in mind that it’s a pilot program, so things could change, but that’s where it stands now.
What’s behind this change? Harvard Law says it’s about “expand[ing] access to legal education for students in the United States and internationally.” The GRE, the school noted, is more widely available around the world than the LSAT.
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Accepting the GRE in place of the LSAT means more students will be eligible to apply, including those applying to other types of graduate programs in addition to Harvard Law School — among other things, it’ll save those applicants money.
The GRE, the announcement noted, has been shown to reliably predict first-year law school grades.
This move is part of a wider strategy to “eliminate barriers as we search for the most talented candidates for law and leadership,” HLS Dean Martha Minow said in the statement.
It seems like pretty much everyone thinks this is a good idea.