LMU Loyola Law School Faculty Approves GRE as Additional Test for Admissions

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The faculty at LMU Loyola Law School (LLS) has approved the acceptance of scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for entry into all the law school’s JD programs beginning with the current 2019-20 admissions cycle.

The move opens up the path to law school for a wider range of prospective students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds. It also has the potential to expand the number of applicants with backgrounds in academic disciplines including science, technology, engineering and math.

The approval comes after a successful pilot program during which JD Evening Program applicants were allowed to submit GRE scores for entry. As a result, the law school’s JD Evening applicant pool grew in size and diversity; evening applicants with GRE scores offered backgrounds rich in professional- and life-experience.

“Because diversity is such a critical part of LLS’ mission, we are constantly looking for ways to increase opportunity and access,” said Jannell Lundy Roberts, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Services. “We look forward to expanding on the impact accepting the GRE has already had on growing our pipeline of students who might not otherwise have applied to law school.”

Prospective students may submit a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or GRE score as part of their admissions application. As always, test scores are just one part of an applicant’s record; LLS admissions officers consider other quantitative and qualitative factors as part of a holistic review for admissions.

With the approval, LLS joins a growing list of law schools accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT for admission. Studies have shown that many students taking the GRE are considering several graduate program options, and that accepting the GRE will alleviate the additional financial burden of taking the LSAT. The GRE is also widely available throughout the year to domestic and international students.