The LSAT, the law school admissions test that sticks like a dislodged brick in the cobblestone path of every prospective lawyer, just took a shot across the nose. Two law schools, The State University of New York-Buffalo and the University of Iowa College of Law, will no longer be requiring their applicants to submit an LSAT score with their application.
I've written about the dismal legal job market before. In fact, I've done it several times. That job prospects for young lawyers are dismal has trickled its way into common knowledge. Applications are way down. Schools are lowering their expectations for applicants, other schools, like Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law, are merging to pool student bases and resources. And now some are doing away with the biggest barrier to applicants besides a college degree and 150 bucks of student loan money: the entry test.
New York-Buffalo is ranked 100th in the U.S. News Law School Ranking, so their elimination of the test is sure to get them the increase in applicants they need. But Iowa is ranked 27th, a fairly respectable spot (though comfortably behind my own Golden Gophers at #19), so their intention is a bit more mysterious.
The LSAT is an excellent test of an applicant's aptitude for law-type thinking, and its an easy screener to keep people who shouldn't be sitting for law school from incurring the debt. Why schools would cut it, other as a bald move to increase their application pool, I do not know.
If you want to go to law school, take the LSAT.
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