For many years taking the LSAT was the only way students who wanted to attend law school could even hope to get in. The LSAT was the gateway to law school for decades however as of fall 2018, all changes.
In my opinion ABA Accredited law schools simply do not provide a better education than an unaccredited law school and must have some sort of way to “weed” out students due to the limitation these accredited law schools must work with – limited classroom seats.
Online law schools do not have this space limitation and are able to admit as many students as they wish – thereby eliminating the need for the LSAT or even the GRE. This opens the opportunity to attend law school to more minority, adult, and financially limited students who might not have a chance at schools which requires these exams.
Under ABA provisions, UNLV’s incoming law school class can consist of up to 10 percent of students who did not take the LSAT. Two paths to qualifying exist: Direct Admission or Dual Degree Admission. Under direct admission, learners must have scored in the top 15 percent on the ACT/SAT, either have ranked in the top 10 percent of their undergraduate class or held a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for at least six semesters and have graduated no sooner than 12 months before starting the law degree. Under dual degree admission, students must have scored in the top 15% on the GRE/GMAT and either have ranked in the top 10 percent of their undergraduate class or held a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for at least six semesters.
As the first law school in Texas to accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT, TAMU is leading the way in making law school more accessible to learners. To be considered, students still need to pay the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) fee as well as submit two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a descriptive resume, personal statement, and a character and fitness addendum. As part of the fall 2018 pilot program, the nonrefundable application fee of $55 is being waived.
One of the top online law schools in the U.S. with no LSAT or GRE requirement. This school is designed for working adults and holds class two nights a week. Students attend for 4 years and receive a JD Degree. Since no online law school is yet ABA accredited federal loans are not available. However, this school offers its own financing and is a great way to get a law degree without going into huge debt. Applicants must have a minimum of 60 college credits.