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ABA Considers Making LSAT Optional

Posted on January 14, 2011 by admin
Santa Clara University Law School Dean Donald Polden

Santa Clara University Law School Dean Donald Polden
Image: Jason Doiy / The Recorder

Loyola University Chicago School of Law's David Yellen

Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s David Yellen
Image: Simone Bonde


The Law School Admissions Test is a rite of passage for aspiring lawyers, but could go from mandatory to voluntary under proposed changes to the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation standards.

The committee reviewing the standards is leaning toward dropping the rule that law schools require J.D. applicants to take a “valid and reliable admission test,” chairman Donald Polden, dean of Santa Clara University School of Law, said on Wednesday.

“A substantial portion of the committee believes that provision should be repealed,” said Polden, noting that about 10 law schools already have waivers from the ABA allowing them to admit some students who haven’t taken the LSAT.

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