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ABA holds off on changing LSAT requirement for law school

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates was supposed to vote during its annual meeting earlier this month on a proposal to eliminate a requirement that law schools use the LSAT for prospective students.

But the motion was pulled before it got to the floor, according to the National Law Journal.

“The chairman of the ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver of the Northern District of Ohio, said only that LSAT proposal had run into pushback from delegates and that the council would take time to reconsider the measure,” the NLJ reported.

The Law School Admission Council, which oversees the LSAT, had also been arguing the test remains the best predictor of law school performance. Kellye Testy, president of LSAC, said the organization will work with students and law schools to “promote access and equity in law school admission.”

“While law school applications are on the upswing, LSAC is eager to partner with our member schools to provide greater flexibility and creativity in admissions while ensuring fairness, access and transparency for all candidates,” she said, according to the NLJ.

While the LSAT was off the table, did approve changes to the accreditation procedure and increasing the number of online credits students can take from 15 to as many as 30. First-year law students also will be allowed to take online courses.

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