Unless you are from another planet, you know that the fortunes of law schools have sunk drastically since the the go-go years of the last decade, where literally every person you ever met decided to go to law school. After watching enrollments plunge 28% from their 2010 peak, law schools are understandably desperate to put some bodies in the seats. And the ABA would like to help them make the magic happen…by allowing law schools to fill up to 10% of those seats with students who haven’t taken the LSAT. Students still have to be at the top of their class and have scored well on one of the other alphabet soup-named standardized exam, but no LSAT required.
SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Iowa were the first two schools to announce they would be LSAT-free for those special students this coming fall and this month, the University of Hawaii, St. John’s University School of Law, and Drake University in Iowa all announced that they’ll drop the requirement for that lucky high-performing 10% slice for 2015-2016 as well. So, if you still know someone who insists on attending law school, you could now at least consider steering them to a school where they don’t have to first go through the utter nonsense that is studying for and taking the LSAT.