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Emphasis on LSAT Scores Creates Controversy with Law Professors

A group of law professors would like to see LSAT scores receive less emphasis in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the nation's law schools.  According to the Legal Intelligencer,  the Society of American Law Teachers, SALT, is asking law schools not to provide US News with data about incoming students' LSAT scores.  The Intelligencer reports that the legal educators' organization blames pressure to lure higher-scoring students and in turn--the ranking benefit of high LSAT scores--as making it difficult for law schools to diversify their incoming student selections.  LSAT scores are given more weight in the rankings than grade point average.

SALT issued a written statement noting that the pressure for higher law school rankings constrains admissions officers' ability to accept qualified students with good undergraduate grade point averages and diverse experiences if they carry lower LSAT scores.  In the Intelligencer's report, US News countered by saying the magazine did not set admissions standards or determine that the LSAT is an admission requirement.  US News went on to point out that SALT's focus on the magazine and its rankings is misplaced, adding that it is the American Bar Association that requires the LSAT, and law school admissions officers who make decisions about which students to admit.

 At least one law school dean interviewed for the story noted that few law schools are likely to withhold LSAT score information.  For the complete report, follow this link.