2LRising wrote:To clarify, I'm talking about the state of affairs as they stand now.
Why do you think only people who score at the top will apply to law schools? In a hypothetical world (maybe even a real world soon) where all schools accept the GRE AND people know you can apply to law schools with it, it literally means there are more applicants from the same seats, this doesn't even out.
If I have 10 people with 170, 4.0 applicants and there are 10 seats, cool. If 170 = 900 on the GRE, and we add another 10 people, 10 people get the axe even though they wouldn't have gotten it without the GRE.
I KNOW, if they wanted to go to law school, they would've gone. The barrier wasn't that the LSAT is hard, but that the LSAT was there to begin with. People do consider law school, but other areas, b-school for example, might be more of an attractive option to them, but it probably still wasn't off the table. Making a decision between Harvard Law and MIT Sloan is a real decision people would want to make if all they had to do in addition to applying to business school is throw their impressive resume and GRE score to Harvard.
I'm not saying they're less qualified, but at every level of score band for the LSAT, there are X more people vying for that seat. GREAT for school's. Amazing, actually. Not at all good for students looking to get into top schools (and any school at all, if all schools follow).
Will applications to schools likely increase if all schools start accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT? Yeah, probably.
But I seriously doubt there is a sizable portion of the population that sees the LSAT as any sort of barrier to what they want to do, and I doubt there are that many people sitting around with a GRE score that will suddenly consider law school simply because the LSAT is no longer in the way.
It's fine that you want the additional barrier to entry to still remain, but to say there will be a glut of new candidates that will dilute the applicant field so distressingly as to bring yield down considerably across the board is probably a bit hyperbolic. We'll obviously have to wait and see, but let's at least wait until more schools start accepting the GRE (likely, but it hasn't happened yet), and see what sort of application numbers result before we bemoan how much tougher this is going to make law school admissions for those who really want to go to law school because of the infusion of other grad program seekers who are taking the GRE.