GRE FAQ

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law was the first law school to accept the GRE.

Applicants to our JD program may submit either a GRE or LSAT score. Read our GRE FAQ below for additional details.

Visit our How to Apply page for details and instructions on applying to Arizona Law with a GRE score.

Yes. Arizona Law accepts either the GRE or the LSAT. About 97 percent of candidates still apply using an LSAT score.

No. If you have already taken the LSAT, you must apply via LSAC and submit your LSAT scores. If you have also taken the GRE and would like to submit that score, we would welcome that information, which you can provide via your LSAC application, and will consider it with all other application materials.

As with the LSAT and undergraduate GPA, there is no required minimum. In evaluating applicants, Arizona Law considers many factors, including standardized test score, undergraduate GPA, record of public service, life experience, the applicant’s personal statement and recommendations, and other factors.

If you have multiple GRE scores, we will only consider your highest score.

Unlike the LSAT, the GRE is a computer-based test administered year-round at testing centers and other locations around the world. Visit the GRE website for test dates, locations, and registration details.

As with the LSAT, your GRE score must have been earned within five years of the expected date of entry into law school.

Yes. An independent study conducted by Educational Testing Service demonstrated that, for students in Arizona Law’s JD program, the GRE is as good a predictor of law school success as the LSAT. Read more about Arizona Law's GRE study here.

Educational Testing Service, the organization that administers the GRE, also conducted a national validity test with 21 U.S. law schools that showed the GRE is a valid and reliable admissions test.

The American Bar Association states that law schools must use a standardized test that is “a valid and reliable admission test to assist the school and the applicant in assessing the applicant’s capability of satisfactorily completing the school’s program of legal education.” Because the study proved that the GRE meets this standard for our students, we updated our admissions practices to accept GRE scores.
 
Furthermore, we believe the goals of excellence and diversity in legal education and in the profession will be better achieved if the LSAT is not the only standardized test used by law schools. Because the GRE is accepted by thousands of disparate graduate and professional degree programs, the pool of GRE test-takers is vastly larger and more diverse than that of the LSAT. This also means that those who might not have previously considered a legal education can apply without the added burden of taking a test that is only useful in applying to law school.

Read more about the decision.

Yes. Since Arizona Law announced its decision to accept the GRE, a number of other law schools have followed, including Harvard, Northwestern, Georgetown, Hawaii, Wake Forest and others.

Updated Dec. 13, 2017

 

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