Thursday, January 13, 2011

ABA Considers Dropping LSAT Requirement for Law School Admissions

National Law Journal story here.  I have two initial thoughts about the proposal:  (1) it would permit schools to focus more on the prior academic record of the applicant and other qualities that might be indicative of likely success in the legal profession, both of which would be preferable to emphasizing ability to take a standardized test (especially one that rewards preparation more than ability); and (2) given the continued existence of U.S. News and its limitless appetite for fake quantitative precision, the rankings would probably just increase the weight of median GPA, which would then undercut the possible beneficial effects in (1), since schools would then focus on GPA without regard for the difficulty of the course of study.

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