Tag Archive: GRE

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Does the LSAT let the right kind of people into law school?

A few days ago, the Internet algorithms that know all too much about me directed me to this Vice article about taking the LSAT with no prep. I read it quickly and chuckled at the test takers who had trouble following the somewhat onerous but not terribly complicated test day instructions. I was also amused but not surprised to learn that LSAC employs “secret shopper” test takers to make sure that the proctors enforce regulations. But ultimately I found it a relatively flimsy premise for an article and moved on with my oh-so-exciting weekend.

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The Number of Law Schools Accepting the GRE Just Doubled (…to Four Law Schools)

In a day, the number of law schools accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT doubled. Monday, Georgetown and Northwestern law schools announced that they would begin to accept the GRE. Harvard and Arizona were already there, so that makes four law schools.

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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