Oregon Drops LSAT as Requirement for All

And political climate seen as contributing to national boom in law school applications.

February 3, 2020
(University of Oregon law school)

The University of Oregon last week dropped the Law School Admission Test as a requirement for all students.

A spokeswoman said the university was using the American Bar Association’s standards for law schools. They may admit up to 10 percent of an entering class without requiring the LSAT from students in an undergraduate program of its own institution, who scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT and who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work, or achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.

In other law school news, Kaplan Test Prep released a survey of more than 100 law schools in which it found that 84 percent believe the current political climate was a significant factor in the increases law schools have been seeing in applications this year.

A separate survey of pre-law students said that nearly half (46 percent) said that it was important to attend a law school where "fellow students generally share their own political and/or social beliefs."

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