sparkytrainer wrote:The methodology will necessarily have to change. If the LSAT isn't the only required test, the methodology has to shift to account for the other (GRE). Now, if no exam is necessary, then the methodology will shift even more, probably by dropping the LSAT from ranking methodology totally. You cant consistently rate a variable that is not consistent across all schools.
Plenty of decent-to-great undergraduate programs don't require any sort of admissions test, and almost all will take either the SAT or ACT, but US News still weighs test scores at 8.125% for their college rankings. For the business-school ranking (b-schools are broadly GMAT+GRE nowadays, and I agree with others in this thread that T1 law schools are probably headed for a similar norm), test scores are 16.25% of the USN score. The importance of the MCAT in the med-school methodology is comparable (9.75% or 13% depending on school model), and they kept using it even as the MCAT changed formats two years ago. They currently weigh LSAT/GRE at 12.5% for the law-school rankings, which is right in the same territory.
Long story short, US News seems to like standardized tests, and it's not like the LSAT is on some abnormally high perch at the moment. I strongly doubt that they will eliminate the standardized-test component entirely. Maybe they knock its weight down to 10%, which would put it exactly on par with GPA, or even something like 8%? That might shake up the rankings a little (which would be the main reason for US News to do it), but it probably wouldn't have a massive impact on admissions policies because LSAT/GRE would still be an important theatre in the rankings war.