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Admission tests may become optional at law schools

Admission tests may become optional at law schools

Admissions tests, long an ominous and pressure-filled requirement for application to law school, may soon become entirely optional.

A proposal working its way through the Chicago-based American Bar Association, which is the accrediting body for law schools, would eliminate the requirement of a “valid and reliable test” such as the LSAT — and, more recently, the GRE — as part of a law school’s admission process.

The rule change was adopted by the council of the bar association’s legal education section at a Friday meeting in Washington, D.C. But prospective law students may still want to keep a supply of sharpened pencils on hand. The proposal awaits an August review by bar...

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