Washington University to accept GRE

Washington University School of Law will join the short list of law schools to accept the GRE in coming application cycles.

Washington University Law announced Oct. 3 that it would begin accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT for Fall 2018, following in the footsteps of Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, among others. 

“[Washington University Law] wants to appeal to the best students in the country and the world, regardless of their academic, professional or personal background,” said law school Dean Nancy Staudt. “The class beginning this fall was one of the most accomplished and diverse in the history of Washington University Law. The decision to accept the GRE will continue to build on these efforts, making the admissions process even more accessible to highly qualified and motivated students of all backgrounds interested in pursuing a legal education.”

Washington University Law uses a holistic approach in its application process by taking into consideration a number of relevant factors that could go into the making of a successful law student and lawyer, according to a press release. Accepting the GRE will compliment the interdisciplinary approach that the school has adopted for preparing students for a job market that values candidates with a variety of skills, Staudt said.

Washington University Law’s decision to accept the GRE also reflects the decisions of other law schools that now accept the entrance exam. The school believes that by accepting the GRE, it will expand its applicant pool, make the admissions process easier for candidates with science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds, and provide candidates with more convenient testing options. 

“I am extremely excited about adding the GRE as an option to the application process,” said Katherine Scannell, associate dean for admissions and placement. “We are committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants to [Washington University Law].”

According to a recent survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 25 percent of law schools surveyed reported they planned to begin accepting the GRE during their admissions process.

The American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar plans to discuss the establishment of a uniform process to determine the reliability and validity of entrance exams other than the LSAT. If a uniform process is established, law schools would not longer have the ability to decide for themselves which entrance exams they accept — possibly ending the growing GRE trend.

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