That starts, of course, in nursery school.
From the get-go in this ultra competitive economy driven by technology everyone has to figure out their edge.
So, college upperclassmen focused on advanced degrees are bound to invest their time (and money) in preparing for the GRE. Not the LSAT. With a growing number of law schools, including Harvard Law, accepting the GRE soon enough the LSAT will be an anachronism.
The two most powerful points lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino makes on Abovethelaw.com about the GRE vs. the LSAT are:
- Law schools want more applicants with a STEM background. Allowing them to present their GRE scores for admission eliminates the dreaded obstacle of preparing for the LSAT. It's those who know their way around STEM who will land the plum positions in the downsizing legal sector. That will enhance the law schools' track record in career placement.
- Scores for the GRE are accepted by a number of advanced degree programs in the application process. In short, it is a versatile credential. The LSAT score can be leveraged beyond applying for law school if the high scorer wants work coaching preparation for the test. But, as the GRE gains more and more traction, those coaching opportunities will dry up.
Many other points are being made. For example, law schools have done what is required to verify the validity of the GRE as a screening mechanism for success in law school.
But, in the end, what usually makes the decision about what will be is the operation of the Invisible Hand. As more and more law schools allow the GRE option, fewer and fewer will opt to take the LSAT. That grueling test has had a monopoly for 70 years. Within a few years members of Generation Z will probably never know what the "LSAT" was all about.
I didn't prepare for the GRE. I was granted admission and a three-year fellowship (tuition and stipend) to the University of Michigan.
I prepared eight weeks for the LSAT. I was admitted to all law schools I had applied to, including Harvard, with the exception of Yale. Those were eight weeks study which I could have invested in working part-time in a law firm to get an edge before law school.
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