The LSAT is Dead, Long Live the LSAT?

The LSAT is Dead, Long Live the LSAT?

Branden & Jelena discuss the future prospects of the LSAT after a recent ABA memo proposes making the use of standardized testing in admissions optional for accredited law schools.

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Twitter exploded with news of the “end of the LSAT” after a recent ABA Strategic Review Committee memo was released, detailing proposed changes to ABA rules that would make the use of standardized testing in admissions optional for accredited law schools.

So, is the LSAT really going the way of the buggy whip? Can you stop studying? Or is this, just maybe, a little bit of standard-issue social media hyperbole?

Listen and learn . . .

  1. Is the LSAT really going to become optional under ABA rules?
  2. Will law schools actually stop requiring the LSAT, if the proposed rule passes?
  3. What alternative forms of assessment exist, for any law schools that do want to reduce the weight they place on the LSAT?
  4. Would getting rid of the LSAT help or hurt diversity in law schools?
  5. What’s the difference between the role of the LSAT and that of other standardized tests like the SAT/ACT that have recently become less important in admissions?
  6. What, if anything, should current law school hopefuls change about their application strategy in response to this news?
  7. And more!

Links and Further Resources from this Episode:


ABA Proposed Changes to Rule 503


Supreme Court Case Requiring Holistic Evaluation of Applicants to Law School


LSAC Study of “GPA First” Admissions & Diversity


2018 Proposed Changes to Rule 503 Withdrawn


Minority Network Letter in Support of the LSAT, circa 2018


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