With a nod to students from sciences, engineering, medicine and technology backgrounds, Brooklyn Law School announced on Tuesday that it will soon begin accepting Graduate Record Exam scores from applicants to the school.
Brooklyn Law will join St. John’s University School of Law and Columbia Law School as the only other two law schools in New York state accepting GRE scores.
Law School Admission Test scores, the traditional measure of applicants, will still be used by each school.
Nationwide, the GRE is gaining increasing acceptance as another means of evaluating law school applicants, according to a recent survey.
This is “yet another way we are seeking to attract talented students from diverse education and career backgrounds—including in the sciences, engineering, medicine, and technology—who wish to pursue legal education,” said Nicholas Allard, Brooklyn Law’s president and dean, in a statement.
“As we prepare the next generation of lawyers for a rapidly changing marketplace, the way in which we attract and comprehensively evaluate our prospective law students must change as well,” he said.
GRE scores will be accepted for the first time starting with applications for the Fall 2018 class, Allard said. The scores will allowed in lieu of or in addition to LSAT scores; and the GREs can be used for all of Brooklyn Law’s J.D. programs, including accelerated two-year, traditional three-year, and extended four-year programs. LSATs alone can still be used.
“Like most industries, law and policymaking have been forever altered by advances in technology that have significantly broadened the universe of skills and backgrounds necessary for the legal services industry to be truly responsive to society’s changing needs,” Brooklyn Law dean of admissions Eulas Boyd said in the statement. “By accepting the GRE, we are creating flexibility and options to pursue a law degree for highly qualified applicants with quantitative skills, including those with STEM [sciences, technology, engineering and medicine] backgrounds, and those for whom preparation for multiple advanced studies admissions exams is not feasible.”
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.