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The law school at the University of Arizona will become the first in the nation to permit prospective students to apply with scores from the GRE General Test instead of the LSAT. So reports The National Law Journal.

Since students contemplating pursing graduate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines take the GRE, the Arizona law school’s change will theoretically attract a larger, more diverse pool of applicants. The American Bar Association currently requires law schools to use a “valid and reliable admission test,” and the LSAT is the only test that the accrediting body has thus far accepted as meeting that criteria.

The University of Arizona plans to convince the ABA that the GRE is also a reliable admission test based on a study by Educational Testing Services finding that, based on the scores of Arizona law students who took the GRE, the GRE is an even better predictor of law school grades than the LSAT.

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