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.

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  1. Simpleman says:

    “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.”

    I think this is a better deal for the schools than the students. Top students usually do quite well on the LSAT anyway, so their chances of getting into these schools is good in the first place. A student with top grades might ordinarily want to play the field by taking the LSAT and seeing how many good schools would accept them, or comparing scholarship offers.

    But if a school gets a student to do this, they don’t have to compete with a bunch of other schools for a good student. Maybe they aren’t as tempted to offer them scholarship money, since the student will have limited options to apply and go elsewhere.

    The only downside for the school would seem to be that the student won’t have a (presumably good) LSAT score, that the school would be able to include in information submitted to the US News survey.

  2. Goaty McCheese says:

    Pish. The LSAT is pretty much what got me into law school. It takes some study, but it’s a lot easier and more fun than staying sober in college.

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