No Surprise: The ABA Votes to Keep the LSAT

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Every few years, rumors start spreading about the ABA removing the LSAT from their requirements for all approved law schools. It starts as a whisper in a back alley, but it soon grows to a groundswell throughout the pre-law community.

The most recent rumor started when the ABA decided to revise its seven chapters of standards for law schools. That includes the chapter on the Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, which includes the requirement that all applicants take an admissions test.

And now that the final vote has finally come down, we see the rumors quashed, yet again.

The committee voted overwhelmingly to keep the LSAT requirement for approved law schools. As always, the LSAT isn’t going anywhere.

There is a small catch to the vote, however: The committee is drafting a version of the standard that does not include a requirement for a standardized test. However, its recommendation is to adopt the version that includes the LSAT standard, and there’s no reason to think their recommendation won’t be implemented. Especially since the LSAT is the best indicator of 1L performance out there.

In the end, even if the requirement wasn’t included in the revised drafts, you would still likely see many law schools use the LSAT to gauge their incoming class. The ABA would have to actively ban its use in order to prevent law schools from using one of the best metrics they have.

So don’t put down those LSAT books just yet. Unless you’re willing to forgo your legal education for quite some time, the LSAT is still in your future.

2 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    On the other hand I do agree that a standardized test need be in place and my pick of course would be the LSAT as it challenges your ability to be logical on multiple levels. Prep courses like BluePrint Prep really have their stuff together and I for one find that this program to be a great first step towards fulfilling ones dream of becoming an attorney. Good deal!

  2. joe says:

    don’t doubt the reliability of the lsat just its validity. It tries to predict the future and that of the success of an individual based off of aggregate results from the studies of thousands of students in their first year. I think one gpa and softs show the level of a person’s ambition and ability to separate themselves from the average joe. So I think if one wasn’t determined, committed in a college setting yet got a high lsat it hypocritical for them to be admitted because how is one to say they will take the law seriously. Those studies should not be used to predict individual results. More schools should look holistically because people distinguish themselves showing ambition and drive if they were in the military etc things most Americans don’t do

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