St. John’s University School of Law announced Wednesday that it will accept Graduate Record Exam scores for its J.D. program starting with applicants for the Fall 2018 class.
St. John’s and Columbia Law School are now the only two law schools in New York state accepting GRE scores. Students are allowed to submit the LSAT, the GRE or both.
The announcement was made by St. John’s University School of Law Dean Michael A. Simons.
“This decision follows an extensive review process we undertook with the [Educational Testing Service], the educational testing and assessment organization that administers the GRE,” Vice Dean Larry Cunningham said in a statement. “After correlating GRE performance to performance in the first year of law school, we’re confident that the GRE predicts student success in law school.”
Simons said the decision is consistent with the university’s mission to create an inclusive application pool.
A quarter of the 128 admissions officials recently surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep, which provides prep materials for both tests, said they plan to allow applicants to submit scores from either test. That’s up from 14 percent a year ago.