Sunday, February 21, 2016
Falling Standards Continue: Law School Pigs Moving Away From LSAT
Let’s Lower the Bar Further!: On February 20, 2016, the Wall Street Journal published a Sarah Randazzo piece, entitled “LSAT’s Grip on Law-School Admission Loosens.” Take a look at this opening segment:
“Law schools are toying with a new way to boost shrinking applicant pools: dropping the Law School Admission Test requirement.
University of Arizona College of Law began accepting Graduate Record Examination scores in lieu of the LSAT for applicants this month, and other schools say they are weighing the same move.
The change counters decades of reliance on the LSAT to gauge readiness for a legal education. The test is also a key measure in closely followed national rankings of schools.
Arizona Law administrators say they have proven the GRE is just as effective a measure and that it complies with accrediting rules. Traditionally, the GRE has been used for admission to graduate and business-school programs.
The American Bar Association, which requires accredited schools to consider LSAT scores or those of another “valid and reliable” test when making admissions decisions, says it plans to independently determine whether the GRE meets that requirement.
“This isn’t an effort to declare war on anybody,” said Marc Miller, the dean of Arizona Law in Tucson. “This is an effort to fundamentally change legal education and the legal profession.”
Mr. Miller said using the GRE will diversify the law school pipeline by capturing those with broader interests and backgrounds, including students interested in joint degrees. At least five times more people took the GRE in the last admissions cycle than the LSAT.
“The GRE is regarded as the easier test,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of prelaw programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “The entirety of the LSAT was meant to mimic the law school experience, while the GRE was not created for that particular purpose.”
The traditional law school test emphasizes logical reasoning and reading comprehension, while the GRE also tests math and vocabulary. Unlike the LSAT, which is administered four times a year, the computer-based GRE can be taken on a rolling basis and offers more immediate test results.” [Emphasis mine]
Since the GRE is offered all the damn time, this allows the commodes to increase their potential pool of lemmings. Plus, it should lead to many last minute applications – from idiots who could not get into the Master’s degree or PhD program of their choice. Yes, what a “principled stand," huh?!?!
Other Coverage: Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “This Law School Will Pay You To Take The GRE To Save Its U.S. News Rank From The Dreaded LSAT” – on January 28, 2016. Enjoy the following portion:
“What are law schools trying to do now to keep the LSAT far, far away from their U.S. [N]ews ranking? At Wake Forest University School of Law, a dean is sending emails to recent graduates with this subject line: “Want to be a Trailblazer like Notorious RBG? Help WFU Law Blaze a New Pathway to Law School.” Oooh, Notorious RBG! Everyone loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Wake Forest is so hip and so cool, tell us more!
Asinine subject line aside, Wake Forest has teamed up with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and two other law schools to see if the GRE would work as an alternative to the LSAT for law school admissions, and the school needs assistance from both current students and recent graduates for some experimentation. Here’s more information from the email sent by Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean of Administrative & Student Services:
On behalf of WFU Law, I’m asking for your help in conducting research about standardized tests in law school admissions. …
150 WFU law students or recent graduates (Classes of ’13 and later);
Who are willing to take the 4-hour GRE here at any Prometrics testing location (thousands worldwide) or on campus if you happened to be in town on Saturday February 13 OR who are willing to share a past GRE score that was taken in August of 2011 or later, and
Who are willing to have their LSAT scores, law school grades, and demographic information used for anonymous comparisons.
You will receive lunch on the day of the test and $50-$75 for your time:
$50 to take the GRE;
An additional $25 if your GRE score places you no lower than 20 percentile points under your LSAT percentile. This is offered as an incentive for you to take the test seriously, though there is no need to study.
Can you help us by being part of this study? We really need good participation from the students and alumni, and I am hoping this can be a community effort.
How desperate is Wake Forest to get rid of the LSAT? Wake Forest is so desperate that it’s willing to pay people to take a standardized test with a math component. Yikes.” [Emphasis mine]
Hell, why don’t the desperate pigs throw in a couple of bottles of Captain Morgan Silver and a set of steak knives – after the exam? At least then, you can properly reward these dolts on their admi$$ion into your “prestigious legal education” program. By the way, Wake Fore$t Univer$ity Sewer of Law is rated as the co-47th greatest law school in the entire nation – according to US “News” & World Report.
Conclusion: At what point will the law school cockroaches simply accept a high school spelling quiz score of 80% or higher, in lieu of an LSAT score?!?! In the final analysis, the bitches and hags merely want to get asses in seats – especially if it does not impact this metric in US “News.” Remember, “law professors” and administrators want to get their grubby hands on all that federal student loan money! They couldn’t care less what happens to YOU, upon graduation.
Posted by Nando at 1:20 AM