UB’s law school recently announced a program in which it can admit up to 10 percent of its incoming first year classes without requiring LSAT scores. For anyone thinking of going to law school or currently studying for the LSAT (like me), this is huge news! The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a notoriously difficult admission test that is nearly always required to apply to law school. But UB has decided to allow some students to apply to – or be admitted to – its law school without having to take the LSAT.
Beginning in fall 2015, undergraduates attending UB who maintain a GPA of 3.5 of higher through six semesters at UB and who have scored in the 85th percentile on a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT won’t be required to take the LSAT. These students will also get priority consideration for admission.
Additionally, students in the Honors College will be guaranteed admission into the law school and also will not have to take the LSAT. The Honors College is also planning on crafting a stronger relationship between its college and the law school by allowing students who are interested in law to explore their options through topical seminars, visits to the law school and discussion with law school professors and faculty.
This is super exciting news for anyone who might be considering law school, especially at UB – which U.S. News and World Report ranked as the No. 87 law school in the country in 2015. The program seems comparable to some of UB’s early assurance programs, which exist for UB’s dental school, pharmacy school and medical school. These programs also have certain GPA and course requirements, which can be found on UB’s website.