Hot on the heels of rival Harvard's decision to accept GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores, Yale Law School (https://law.yale.edu/) announced this morning that they would be implementing the use of GRE scores in the law school admission process effective immediately. "When we saw Harvard's decision to accept GRE scores, we knew we needed to move quickly to employ a similar policy lest Harvard get ahead of us in the all-important rankings battle," said Yale spokesperson N. Feriority. "We've been #1 for so long that it would be a crippling blow to our self-esteem if we somehow dropped behind Harvard or Stanford."Read More
Hot on the heels of the newly-released US News annual list of law school rankings, an announcement of even greater impact has just been made: "Starting in the fall of 2017, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to be considered for admission to its three-year J.D. program."
This news comes courtesy of Harvard Law Today, and marks the second ABA-accredited law school to begin accepting GRE scores in lieu of the LSAT for regular admission. However, while Harvard isn't the first, it is the industry standard, and indicates what will likely be a tipping point in the admissions process as other schools rush to follow suit.
Let's take a look at what this policy change may mean for the LSAT and law school applications in the years ahead.Read More
In my last post, I talked about the myth that you can't prepare for standardized tests, how that myth was created, and why it has been perpetuated. In this post, we'll look at some explanations for why those beliefs are false.
Let’s begin by looking at the original broad-based tests that started the whole thing: the Army Alpha tests, which were meant to reveal native ability. For example, they intended to “Supply a mental rating for each soldier” and “Assist in discovering men of superior mental ability,” among other goals, which would then allow the Army to place soldiers into the best possible job for their skills. Did the test do that? In a word, no. Here are three sample questions from those original Army Alpha tests, with answers immediately following:
Directions: First unscramble the words to form a sentence, and then indicate if the sentence is true or false.
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I met some new people the other day, and when I explained to them what it was that I did, one of the guys asked me whether you could actually prepare for tests like the LSAT (or GMAT, GRE, SAT, etc). I get that question enough that it doesn't bother me, and in fact, I always find it an interesting conversation (whether they find it an interesting conversation is a different matter though!). While it is near gospel that almost any endeavor that requires skill—such as playing an instrument, pole-vaulting, learning to cook, or even wine tasting—also requires significant preparation or practice time, when it comes to standardized testing the belief is often that you can't prepare, and you really can only rely on your basic abilities to succeed. Why is that belief so prevalent, and why is it incorrect?
The myth that you can't prepare for standardized tests comes from a few sources. The first traces back to the historical origins of the first standardized tests in the US. When the first large-scale tests were implemented—IQ tests given to Army recruits during World War I, later the Army's Alpha tests, and eventually the SAT—the people making and administering the tests believed they were indicative of native ability. As Nicholas Lemann, author of The Big Test, says, the original test creators “clearly believed in the basic theory that intelligence is an innate and sort of biological quality and that it's the most important human quality.” In other words, they thought they were giving tests built to measure you exactly as you were, and which could reveal your inherent capacities. Since the test creators also believed you cannot change your inherent abilities, the message they sent to the world was these tests, by their very nature, disallowed preparation. Consequently, this belief became one of the founding axioms of admissions-related tests. This belief was also completely false, but that wasn't known until well after the myth was entrenched.
Some students wonder whether they can use an LSAT score instead of a GRE score when applying to graduate school. The answer is: Yes, there are certain grad school degree programs that allow you to skip taking the GRE and to use an LSAT score.