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Can I Apply to Law School Without the LSAT?

  • by Matt Riley
  • Nov 30, 2022
  • acceptance into law school, Law School Admissions
  • Reviewed by: Matt Riley

The short answer to this question is yes. As of 2022, at least 100 ABA-accredited law schools accept the GRE, or the graduate record examination, in lieu of the LSAT.

What is the difference?

While the LSAT, or the law school admission test, is tailored specifically to law school hopefuls, the GRE is often considered a catch-all exam for students folks interested in a variety of graduate degrees, ranging from the humanities to STEM. The tests also cover different content. The LSAT has three sections that contribute to the final test score: logical reasoning, logic games, and reading comprehension. The scored sections are all multiple choice, and there is an unscored writing section. The GRE, meanwhile, splits various sections across its verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning (yes, that means math), and analytic writing areas. The quantitative section includes some multiple choice and some write-in questions. Additionally, the GRE standardized test is adaptive in difficulty, meaning that the more questions you get right in a section, the harder the questions will be when you get down the line. 

Should I take the LSAT or the GRE?

If you are considering a J.D. as one of many potential graduate school options, then the GRE may be a more versatile option. If, however, you are set on law school and want to get a competitive edge on your law school application, you might still want to go with the LSAT. The primary reason is that some law schools do not accept the GRE as a substitute.

Plus, it’s hard to understand exactly how schools consider GRE scores versus the LSAT scores, given the lack of historical data on GRE-only applicants. It’s difficult to know how you stack up against other students looking to submit a law school application for direct admission, which is enormously important when it comes to choosing what legal education programs schools are your safety, target, and reach. 

So, what’s next?

If you land on taking the LSAT and want to work for higher LSAT scores, Blueprint is here to help. Take a look at our free resources, including a diagnostic test, study plans, and free webinars, so that you can work on boosting your final LSAT score and have your law application look better in the eyes of the Law School Admission Council.

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