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Georgetown Law Will Accept GRE Scores from Applicants

August 7, 2017 — WASHINGTON – Georgetown Law announced today that it is pleased to begin accepting GRE scores in addition to LSAT scores for applicants to its 2018 entering class.

“While the LSAT remains an important admissions tool, we also believe that it is well past time that the legal profession open wide the doors to an even more diverse population that better reflects American society as a whole,” said Dean of Admissions Andy Cornblatt. “We think that allowing the use of the GRE will help us to accomplish that goal.”

The move comes ahead of the American Bar Association’s annual meeting that starts this week in New York, where its Council on Legal Education will consider potential changes to the ABA policy that requires law schools to use a “valid and reliable admission test” in their admissions process. 

Until recently, all law schools had exclusively used the LSAT for this purpose.  Georgetown Law is one of the first law schools to announce it will now also accept the GRE. 

The nation’s largest law school, Georgetown Law, has seen applications to its J.D. program rise in recent years, to approximately 9,000 annually. It said the decision to accept the GRE is aimed at removing barriers for highly-qualified applicants who might otherwise not apply.

“Georgetown Law is committed to attracting the best and the brightest students of all backgrounds,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “We believe this change will make the admissions process more accessible to students who have great potential to make a mark here at Georgetown Law and in successful legal careers, but who might find the LSAT to be a barrier for whatever reason.”

The LSAT testing schedule is far more restrictive than the GRE, and the costs of the test and preparation can be a deterrent to some students, especially among those who also want to pursue the GRE.

“Law is increasingly interdisciplinary, and so welcoming students with a broad and varied set of interests is central to preparing our graduates to thrive in an evolving legal landscape,” Treanor said.

Going forward, Georgetown Law applicants may opt to submit either GRE or LSAT scores, or both. These will continue to be considered as one part of the overall holistic selection process.

Prior to changing its admission policy, Georgetown Law conducted a correlation study that analyzed more than a decade worth of its students’ academic results in relation to test scores. The school found that GRE scores are equally strong predictors of academic success at Georgetown Law as LSAT scores.

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