What Students Should Know About Applying to Law School with the GRE

Traditionally, it is standard practice for students applying to law school to take the LSAT as part of the admissions process. However, some law schools in the United States now accept the GRE as a substitute for the LSAT. With this development comes questions: Which schools will accept the GRE? And which exam should you take? Things students should know about applying to law school with the GRE include which law schools accept GRE scores, which exam the law schools you are interested in prefer, and which test is best for you personally.

Curious if taking the GRE for entrance into law school is right for you? Keep reading to find out.

Know which law schools accept the GRE

According to ETS, which administers the GRE, the following institutions accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT:

  • Brigham Young University Law School

  • Brooklyn Law School

  • Columbia Law School

  • George Washington University Law School

  • Georgetown University Law Center

  • Harvard Law School

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

  • St. John's University School of Law

  • Texas A&M University School of Law

  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

  • UCLA School of Law

  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law

  • Wake Forest University School of Law

  • Washington University School of Law

In addition, according to the University of Chicago Law School, “Applicants pursuing or planning to pursue a joint degree at the University of Chicago who have taken the GRE or GMAT may be eligible for an LSAT waiver.”

The number of law schools that accept the GRE has increased in recent years, and this trend may continue to grow. Therefore, you should remain up-to-date and always speak with your prospective schools’ admissions departments about testing policies.

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Know which exam your prospective programs prefer

If you are applying to law schools that solely accept the LSAT, then the answer to this question is most definitely the LSAT. The LSAT is still the standard at almost every law school in America.

However, if your list of law schools includes programs that accept both the GRE and the LSAT, you should speak with admissions officers at these programs to ask which test they prefer. Let the officers know why you are interested in the school and that you would like to create the best package possible to demonstrate you are a strong candidate for their program.

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Know which exam you are better at

Be sure to take both a full GRE practice test and a full LSAT practice test. Then, compare your scores and percentile ranges on each exam. If you perform well on both practice tests, great! Move forward with the exam that your schools prefer. If you perform significantly better on one, then it would be easiest for you to move forward with that test, unless you think you can ultimately improve your performance on the opposite exam.

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As mentioned above, the LSAT is accepted nationwide. Therefore, sitting for the LSAT and doing well on the exam can simplify your admissions process if you are applying to multiple schools. However, if you are only applying to schools that take the GRE as well, and if you perform better on the GRE, that may be the ideal path. Take everything into consideration, and make the decision that works best for your situation.

Remember that applying to law school is an involved process that takes into account multiple aspects of who you are, including your skills and your experience. Admissions committees look at your whole application, not just your exam score. Once you make a decision on taking the GRE, the LSAT, or both, remember to devote sufficient attention to the rest of your application as well.


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