Tag Archive: GRE

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Stanford and the LSAT part ways.

Troubled times in Newtown, PA. Troubled times, indeed. We brought you the news a couple of weeks ago that Harvard was opening the door equally to applicants with GRE scores as well as the traditional applicant with an LSAT score.

Well, Stanford did them one better in an announcement last night as everyone was going off to Friday night fun: Stanford will accept the GRE only. Here’s the first sentence of their press release.

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The LSAT and the GRE, from a Jedi Master who’s taught both.

Starting next cycle, Harvard Law School will accept the GRE. If you want to apply, you’ll be able to choose between the GRE and the LSAT. It just so happens that once upon a time I used to teach the GRE. So let’s run through the differences between the GRE and the LSAT.

The GRE has math.

Math! It’s high-school level math. No calculus or anything. But it’s still math.

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HLS v. LSAC

Important news for people who hate the LSAT: Harvard Law School just announced that it will begin considering GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores.

For the uninitiated, the GRE — Graduate Records Exam — is the standardized test that students headed for graduate school usually take. This is true for math majors and English majors alike. As you might have guessed from that brief list, the test is a broad survey of the skills necessary — or at least helpful — for school in general: verbal/written skills and quantitative skills. Missing from the GRE is the logic and argumentation bent of the LSAT.

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The Revenge of LSAC

We told you a few months ago about the beginning of what is now a law school admissions trend (if two counts as a trend, that is): law schools accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. If you’re reading this blog, you likely know that the GRE is the standardized test those going on to graduate school — rather than a professional school, like like law school — take. It tests math and verbal skills, whereas the LSAT tests logic and argumentation.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.24.16

A. Here’s some sage insight into the recent LSAT vs. GRE debate engendered by U of A Law’s decision to accept the latter exam in lieu of the former. The American Lawyer

B. A jury has rejected Anna Alaburda’s fraud claim against Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Diploma mills all over the nation breathe a sigh of relief. ABC News

C. In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals, including one involving the dean of the law school, UC Berkeley has released a harassment prevention plan. We’re still waiting for them to fire these schmucks. San Jose Mercury News

D. Is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) positioning himself to snatch the presidential nomination from Trump? Huffington Post

E. Finally, Twitter got its trolly little hands on a nice chatbot that Microsoft invented and turned it into a Nazi in less than a day. PC World

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Logical Reasonings / 3.21.16

A. Our partners at Above the Law seem to think the same about the trend (one school) toward accepting GRE in lieu of LSAT. Above the Law

B. Apple repurposes iPhone 5 — calling it iPhone SE — and makes more money off early adopters, i.e. rubes. Huffington Post

C. How did police find Saleh Abdeslam, the Paris attacker who got away? Pizza, of course! Grub Street

D. Some companies, including many law firms, are adding student loan debt repayment to the list of benefits. Excited? Read the fine print. US News & World Report

E. New Orleans is decriminalizing possession of small amounts of weed. We didn’t think anything was illegal there to begin with. ABC News

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Logical Reasonings / 2.11.16

A. Take a gander at the House of Cards season four trailer. So very, very angry, Kevin Spacey. TV Line

B. Cop saved by bulletproof vests now makes bulletproof vests, thinks that civilians shouldn’t be allowed to have bulletproof vests. WTKR

C. Following up on an item about Wake Forest *considering* accepting the GREs for law school, U of A has gone ahead with it. Try getting a job after graduating. Above the Law

D. In proving some thingamjigger that Einstein thought up, some scientists have documented gravity waves emanating from the collision of two black holes. Bro… NPR

E. If you alphabetize your socks by thread count, you will find these pictures extraordinarily satisfying. Bored Panda

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Is the GRE the better law school gatekeeper?

The LSAT is a great, unholy gatekeeper. All ye unhappy law school applicants must stand before its judgment seat. Now, one school wants to open up an alternate, friendlier, less logic games-y route to the legal profession: the GRE.

Wake Forest University School of Law is considering letting some of its incoming students take the Graduate Records Examination (aka the GRE) instead of the LSAT.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.28.16

A. Google just entered into a partnership with processor-maker Movidius to make phones with neural networks. Soon, instead of being a figurative slave to your smart phone, you could be a real one! The Christian Science Monitor
B. How will the other GOP candidates use the debate in Trump’s absence? Will anyone even watch? The Washington Post
C. Wake Forest School of Law is engaged in a half-baked (quarter-baked? eighth-baked? yeah, that’s it, eighth-baked) scheme to get the American Bar Association to let them stop using the LSAT in admissions. Above the Law
D. The Centers for Disease Control says that the Zika virus – which causes little-to-no discomfort among the infected but is thought to cause horrific birth defects – is virtually guaranteed to take hold in the U.S. The Huffington Post
E. The plaintiffs suing Caitlin Jenner for wrongful death in a highway accident last year have dismissed the suit. Wonder how much $$$ they got… ABC News