Graduate Record Examination (GRE), popularly called as GRE, is a test conducted by ETS to analyze the capabilities of the test- takers to stand in the World's most accredited and reputed universities. This well-acknowledged test is designed to sharply evaluate and chisel your abilities to stand in one of the reputed foreign universities.
Here's the bell of good news dinging for the Law students. Have you heard of it?
The GRE General Test scores are being used as the predictor of success in many law schools around The United States and Canada. The test takers can now stand a chance of getting admitted to the top law schools; with the GRE scores being embraced by many schools, you can now save your time and money both from taking other admission tests.
What led Law Schools to make this change?
The University of Arizona, in February 2016, became the first University to accept the GRE scores instead of the customary LSAT score. As per the University of Arizona law, the GRE score can be a "valid and reliable" predictor for students admission, making GRE a standardized test for the Law schools.
As a matter of fact, the addition of GRE for admission ensures that students don't devote extra time to the preparation of LSAT. At the same time, this change has made sure that the law students don't feel restricted in regard to LSAT being the only test.
The top Law Schools accepting GRE score:
And the list of other Law Schools accepting the GRE scores for the Joint J.D. program goes on.
LSAT vs. GRE:
With LSAT and GRE being the two most desired and aspired tests for getting admitted to one of the top-notch Universities, both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.
The general standardized test, GRE can be taken in both computerized and paper form. In contrast, The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) can be made only in paper format.
GRE is offered throughout the year, while LSAT is organized only six times a year.
GRE includes math (quantitative) and vocabulary sections, while it is not the case with LSAT.
LSAT puts forth tricky logical questions while it is not the case with GRE.
GRE is flexible in a way that it allows the applicant to choose their best score. However, in LSAT, all your test scores are reported.
More and more Law Schools are joining the party of GRE. However, as a matter of concern, when it comes to the American Board Association (ABA), the weightage and reputation of GRE in comparison to LSAT stands low. ABA never claimed GRE to be valid and reliable.
The only authentic conclusion that could be drawn is that, if you have always sworn by the legal field, then LSAT should be your priority. But in case of looming uncertainty, go for GRE.