American Bar Association Consultation on removing standardised entry requirements for law schools closes

The comment period for a proposal to do away with the American Bar Association’s standardized admissions test requirement for law schools closed Sept. 1 with more than 100 comments posted, laying bare the divisiveness of the issue.

The topic appears to have garnered the most feedback of any issue posted to the ABA website’s Notice and Comment section since at least 2011, which is the farthest back the online archives go.

Of the 105 comments (two are unrelated and three are “neutral”), the submitted comments were nearly equally split: 51 in favour of the proposal and 49 opposed. However, several of the comments in opposition carried the weight of multiple signatures. …

While the ABA proposal, if adopted, would merely give law schools the choice of whether to require standardized testing as part of their admissions processes, many of the comments focused on whether the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) helps or harms diversity.

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