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.

Show notes

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2018 Proposed Changes to Rule 503 Withdrawn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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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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