With 23 schools (including some big names like Harvard Law, USC Law, and Columbia Law) now accepting the GRE for law school applications, you may be curious as to the differences between the GRE and the LSAT as well as which one to take.
Similarities Between the LSAT and GRE
Differences Between the LSAT and GRE
Why Some Schools are Now Accepting the GRE in Addition to the LSAT
Harvard Law explained that this decision was to make legal education more readily accessible, by making it easier and more affordable to apply.
The reason this decision is not as groundbreaking as it may seem is that the ABA (American Bar Association) has not granted a blanket policy for schools to accept the GRE. Current ABA standards do not permit law schools to admit more than 10% of their incoming class without a traditional LSAT score. Also, the candidate must meet ABA requirements to be able to apply with a GRE score: for example, students obtaining dual degrees and those who attended undergraduate programs at the same institutions where they are applying to law school are among those who can apply with a GRE score. If you are curious about the full set of standards, you can read it here.
Our Recommendation for the Current Situation
If in doubt, apply with the LSAT. If you are a student with exceptional quantitative skills and believes that this strength will shine in the GRE, the GRE may be the better option. However, keep in mind that there are more resources that allow you to gauge which law schools to apply to with a LSAT/GPA combination. Additionally, unless you are only planning on applying to the schools that accept the GRE, you will still have to take the LSAT for other institutions. While we expect many other schools soon to hop on the trend of accepting the GRE, additional changes by the ABA must be made before this change will be truly radical in its effects. Especially if you are applying in the current cycle, the LSAT is the way to go.