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U Michigan law admitting students without LSAT scores


 

The University of Michigan has decided to admit 5-10 students out of 360 into law school without submitting an LSAT score. Eligible students must have a GPA of 3.8 or higher. The move is evidently intended to boost the number of students from within Michigan attending law at the institution. In state law students are unusually low at 22 per cent, compared to, say, the University of California where students from in state account for around 60 per cent of students.

An interesting policy idea, given the fact that LSAT scores are nearly universally required for admittance into law as well as the fact that Michigan is considered a top law school.

From Inside Higher Education:  

Robert Schaeffer, public education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, called the move “a step in the right direction.” He said he believes Michigan and other law schools don’t even need such a high GPA to make such a shift, but that the principle involved is what’s important. “Top-notch performance in a rigorous undergraduate curriculum is a better predictor of readiness for graduate school than any multiple-choice exam,” he said.

Any law students or lawyers out there who care to comment?


 
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U Michigan law admitting students without LSAT scores

  1. What a practical and overdue idea. I view the testing bodies that administer tests like LSAT, SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, MCAT, etc. to be very analogous to health insurance companies: they are 3rd parties and totally unnecessary parties that portend to be essential to the practice of educating lawyers/teachers/doctors… or to the practice of medicine. They are not. Both notions are simply a way to create and continue to fund industries that we could all EASILY live without! Just think of the savings of money and time if folks did not have to take these tests. The medical schools look at standardized scores as a measure of how successful a person might be in med school and later medical practice – – we can all see how horrible that set up is = we have NO natural healers anymore – just people who know there is a ton of $ to be made so they prepare for the test. Forget the MCAT and TALK to applicants – is this person capable? Can the same be said about the legal industry? I don’t know.

  2. The MCAT is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges – not a true third party. Either way, the MCAT plays only a small part in med school admissions – the interview, for example, is invariably far more important.

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