UMass Law will accept GRE test scores for law school admission

UMass Law applicants can now choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores with their law school application.

In a November 2021 decision, the American Bar Association’s Legal Education Section Council voted to allow law schools to accept applicants’ GRE test scores in lieu of an LSAT score. The decision follows a successful six-year review by the Educational Testing Service on the use of the GRE for law school admission.

“Expanding access to justice is central to our identity as a public law school,” said Eric Mitnick, UMass Dean of Law. “Part of expanding access to justice is increasing access to legal education, so it’s encouraging to know that students will have multiple paths to law school.

The GRE is generally considered a more convenient and widely available testing option, offering the flexibility to take the exam at any time of the year, either on a home computer or at over 1,000 test centers around the world. more than 160 countries.

Since the GRE is the test for admission to graduate school in the widest variety of academic disciplines, it is also considered a more flexible alternative, with the potential to allow applicants to law schools from a greater diversity of programs and with a wider range of career opportunities. , including applicants from STEM fields or those interested in dual degree graduate programs. UMass Law offers three such joint graduate programs, including the JD/MBA, JD/MPP, and JD/MSW degrees.

For applicants who take both the LSAT and the GRE, the LSAT will remain the primary admissions test and the primary score used in the admissions decision.

Applicants can get more information about applying to UMass Law using the GRE here.

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