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Harvard Law likes initial results from GRE experiment

Harvard Law School is welcoming its first class of students this fall who were accepted without taking the LSAT. And, so far, school officials are enthusiastic about accepting the GRE, even as they note the sample size is small.

“We had a lot of theories going in about what populations might find this to be an interesting option. What we found was exactly that,” Jessica Soban, Harvard Law’s associate dean for strategic initiatives and admissions, told Law.com “Our GRE pool of applicants was more likely to be international, and more likely to have significant work experience. They were more likely to have a graduate degree. They were more likely to have a STEM background, and they were more likely to come from an underrepresented racial group.”

Other law schools around the country are following Harvard’s lead, with more than 20 institutions saying they will accept GRE scores and 25 percent of schools planning to do so in the future, according to a study last year by Kaplan Test Prep.

However, it may take some time for the American Bar Association to get on board; the House of Delegates last month pulled a motion before it got to the floor that would have eliminated a requirement that law schools use the LSAT.


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