UCLA School of Law is the most recent to provide the GRE option to the LSAT. And, the American Bar Association could officially end the test requirement for admission to accredited law schools. Here are more details from lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com.
Of course, the whole LSAT industry, ranging from administers of the test to those high-priced tutors, could go the way of the print newspaper.
But, in the interim, what is happening is that the status the LSAT has had will decline. Anyone who has invested the brainpower, time, and money into preparing to take that monster of an exam has a big respect for the "brand."
It's critical to do well in it.
Not doing well, which usually had meant not being admitted to a top law school, could mean ditching law as a career path. Being admitted to a Harvard, Yale, or Stanford, opens up the best professional opportunities. Not being admitted could sideline the JD degree receiver to a low-earning career path - or none at all.
Eventually, the status the LSAT had will become ancient history. Those of us who felt a sense of achievement in landing a high score will likely resent that the GRE option hadn't been in-place "in our time." The preparation ordeal was grim.
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