On March 8, 2017 Harvard announced that they would be accepting Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in Fall 2017 (Harvard Law Today) . The acceptance of the GRE is apart of a wider strategy to expand the access to legal education to students in the United States and Internationally. Currently the only other law school that accepts GRE is The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, but others are thinking of adopting.
The Graduate Record Examination, also known as GRE was developed in the 1950’s and is offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). One benefit to current undergraduate students, is taking the GRE allows applications to a multitidue of other programs outside of law (business schools etc.). This has the distinct potential for bringing in a new class of students, who don’t take the LSAT because they don’t want to study for two tests. So what’s the difference? We’ve broken them out below.
Also, because the test is offered via computers, it is touted as the only graduate level admissions test that lets you skip a question and go back change your answers and decide which question you want to answer first. The GRE test is offered year-round at prometric test centers and on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the prometric test center network. LSAT’s are offered; February, June, October (or late September) and December.
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