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ABA Backs Testing Choices on Law Admissions

November 7, 2017

The American Bar Association council responsible for overseeing legal education last week approved a recommendation that would give law schools more discretion over whether to use the LSAT or GRE for law school admissions. 

The vote from the council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar comes as some elite law programs have opted to allow applicants to submit results from either test. 

More significantly, the ABA took no action on a more controversial proposal to require that 75 percent of a law school's graduates must pass the bar exam within a two-year period. The council makes the ultimate decision on issues related to accreditation but the proposal was heavily opposed by groups including the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Black Law Students Association, and the Association of American Law Schools Deans Steering Committee.

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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