The University of Akron School of Law announced it is accepting the Graduate Record Exam for admissions, joining a growing list of law schools including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia that allow GRE scores as an alternative to Law School Admissions Test scores.
“Because many more students take the GRE than the LSAT, we believe use of the GRE will make legal education more accessible to students with a greater diversity of backgrounds,” Christopher J. Peters, dean of Akron Law, said in a statement.
According to the Educational Testing Service, which administers the GRE, there are 46 U.S. law schools, not including Akron Law, that accept the test.
The number of schools accepting the GRE in place of the LSAT has almost doubled since the summer of 2018.
Critics of the LSAT say it doesn’t accurately predict if a person will be a good attorney. Its proponents say it provides objectivity in the admissions process and removing it would harm minority applicants.
In August 2018, the American Bar Association unexpectedly withdrew a proposed resolution that would have eliminated the requirement for the LSAT or a similar test for law school admission.
The ABA is the official accrediting body for law schools. Law school admissions standards are one of several factors it considers when evaluating schools.