Should I Take the GRE for Law School?

Yes, some law schools are accepting GRE scores in lieu of an LSAT score. But that doesn’t mean you should rush out to take the GRE instead of, or in addition to, the LSAT.

Here’s a quick video explaining why:

You should also know that there can be a “catch” – some schools accept GRE scores only in limited circumstances. See this Above the Law article.

For nuts and bolts about how to apply to law school with a GRE score, and some FAQs about whether you should, see LSAC.

For more about preparing for the LSAT see the Law School Expert blog.

7 thoughts on “Should I Take the GRE for Law School?

  1. Hi Ann, I have a good gre score– 90th percentile in both sections, but took the LSAT last year and did average, high 150s. How will law schools evaluate my application if I submit results from both tests?

    • So, from everything I’ve seen, law schools are inclined to rely upon your LSAT. They take very few GRE candidates because the data relating to their success doesn’t exist. But some schools will be inclined to give more weight to the GRE if everything else in your application is stellar and you have a good reason that your LSAT score percentile isn’t in line with the GRE.

  2. Pengfei on said:

    Thank you for the post Ann ! I’m a third year PhD in economics planning to apply for law school in the next cycle. I have a 3.9 GPA and a 160 (86%) +170 (96%) GRE (three years ago), together with strong academic letters. Do you think I should shoot for a high LSAT to supplement my application (I’m a beginner in LSAT) ?

  3. Pengfei on said:

    Thanks for your post Ann ! I’m a third year PhD in economics planning to apply for law school. I have a 3.9 GPA and 160 (86%) + 170 (96%) on GRE, together with strong academic letters. Do you think I should shoot for a LSAT to supplement my application ?

    Thanks for your help ! (for some reason my last post has disappeared…)

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