ABA recommends keeping LSAT as a law school admission requirement


    According to a recent abajournal.com article, the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s Standards Review Committee (which is currently evaluating law school accreditation standards) has recently recommended that, in order to be considered for accreditation, a law school must require first-year JD applicants to submit the results of a "valid and reliable admissions test" (understood to be the LSAT).  

    The current standard reads as follows:

    Standard 503. ADMISSION TEST
    A law school shall require each applicant for admission as a first year J.D. student to take a valid and reliable admission test to assist the school and the applicant in assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the school’s educational program. In making admissions decisions, a law school shall use the test results in a manner that is consistent with the current guidelines regarding proper use of the test results provided by the agency that developed the test.

    However, this recommendation is subject to approval by the section's governing council, which will be voting on this and other recommendations in March. In the event that the governing council does not approve this recommendation (meaning that the "LSAT requirement" will no longer be a part of the ABA's accreditation standards for law schools), the Standards Review Committee will also submit to the governing council a different version of the standard which eliminates the LSAT requirement altogether. 

    This is not the first time the committee has met to review the LSAT requirement; in April 2012, it met to propose a large chunk of the standard be revised to simply require an exam, but not dictate how a school was to use the results of the test (read this proposal here).

    The governing council is set to meet in March in Tempe, Arizona to vote on these proposed changes (although the implementation of the changes, if any, might not occur until the end of 2013). 

    You can read the original abajournal.com article here