The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law became the fourth law school in New York to announce it was accepting the Graduate Record Exam in addition to LSAT scores for applicants in 2018.
The announcement came three days after Brooklyn Law School said it was going to accept the GREs and a few weeks after St. John’s University School of Law made the same decision. Columbia Law School was the first in New York to accept the alternative test.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law said in a statement that the change in admissions policy was part of an effort to attract applicants with science and technology backgrounds.
“The decision will open the door for future lawyers interested in Cardozo’s robust offerings in intellectual property and technology law,” the school said in a statement.
“We are on the cutting edge of law and technology with expanded programs in bitcoin, cybersecurity, data law and more,” said Dean Melanie Leslie. “The opportunity to accept both the GRE and the LSAT could not come at a better time for applicants and for Cardozo.”
Cardozo will accept either LSAT or GRE scores, or both, on a trial basis during the 2017-18 admissions cycle.
Nationwide, the GRE is gaining increasing acceptance as another means of evaluating law school applicants, according to a recent survey.
A quarter of the 128 admissions officials recently surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep, which provides prep materials for both the GRE and LSAT tests, said they plan to allow applicants to submit scores from either test. That’s up from 14 percent a year ago.