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Survey: 1 In 5 Lawyers Favors GRE Scores Over LSAT Results As Criteria For Law School Admission

Press Release from Robert Half Legal

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- More law schools are accepting Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in place of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) results, a change that is gaining support in the legal profession. While most attorneys still prefer the LSAT, approximately one in five lawyers (21 percent) who were surveyed by Robert Half Legal are in favor of this shift in the law school application process.

Lawyers were asked, "Should law schools accept GRE scores from prospective applicants in lieu of LSAT scores?" Their responses:*

Yes

21%

No

56%

Don't know/no answer

24%


101%

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"The GRE is gaining acceptance among law schools, with Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law Schoolamong the more than 20 institutions that allow GRE scores as part of a strategy to attract a wider range of applicants," said Jamy Sullivan, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "The GRE also holds appeal with prospective law school students since it is offered more frequently than the LSAT, can be used with other postgraduate applications and allows test takers to control which scores they want to report."

Sullivan noted that while the American Bar Association has recommended changes to the standardized admissions test mandate for accredited law schools, the LSAT remains a prerequisite at the majority of them. She added, "Prospective students should thoroughly research the application requirements of every law school they're interested in before deciding whether to take the LSAT or GRE. In some cases, candidates may opt to sit for both examinations."

About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on responses from 200 lawyers in the United States: 100 of the respondents are employed at law firms with 20 or more employees, and 100 are employed at companies with 1,000 or more employees.

About Robert Half Legal
Robert Half Legal is the premier provider of legal staffing and consulting solutions for law firms and corporate legal departments. With North American and global locations, Robert Half Legal provides a customized approach, including managed review, legal project management and eDiscovery services, to help organizations handle constantly changing workloads. The company offers in-demand expertise across practice areas, as well as highly skilled legal professionals on a temporary, project and full-time basis. More information about our full suite of legal staffing and consulting solutions can be found at roberthalf.com/legal.

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