Choose GRE or LSAT?

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Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby Chloe111 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:28 pm

Hi folks,

I'm in my senior year and trying to figure out whether I should take GRE or LSAT. I have done diagnostic tests for both and started reading some prep resources as well. I find that I may be better at GRE (thanks to the quantitative reasoning part).

According to the official sites of law schools that accept GRE scores, they are not biased towards either GRE or LSAT, but I still come up with following concerns (or maybe I'm overthinking):

1. GRE was accepted to attract students with more diverse backgrounds (especially STEM) and students who want to do dual degrees; however, I'm from a pure humanities background and have no intention to pursue a second degree, is it wired if I do NOT choose LSAT? Will a humanities background with GRE scores ONLY make me disadvantaged during the application process?

2. So far, law schools haven't disclosed any data about GRE scores (e.g. median, 75the percentile), so it seems that I cannot evaluate my chances for certain law schools even if I get my GRE scores.

An additional choice might be doing both simultaneously, but I'm not sure whether I can handle this. I feel like it would be better if I can stick to one.

Thanks for any advice!

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby QContinuum » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:03 pm

First, absolutely do not take both. If you take both, law schools will more or less disregard your GRE score(s) and focus solely on your highest LSAT score. They will treat you effectively the same as an LSAT-only candidate. There is no advantage to taking both the GRE and the LSAT.

Second, you're right that as far as data goes, there's no public data on how law schools treat GRE scores. I would not consider ETS' GRE to LSAT "converter" dispositive, as there's no public evidence that schools actually use that calculator.

Finally, some/many law schools still accept only the LSAT. Being a GRE-only candidate will limit your options. In contrast, every law school accepts the LSAT.

Overall, unless you have a strong reason to believe that you are much more suited to the GRE than the LSAT, I'd strongly recommend taking the LSAT alone.

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby totesTheGoat » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:35 pm

Chloe111 wrote: GRE was accepted to attract students with more diverse backgrounds (especially STEM) and students who want to do dual degrees


I'm really skeptical about this being the reasoning because 1) the LSAT isn't what's keeping STEM candidates out of law school admissions, it's the fact that a 3.4 in mechanical engineering is treated almost no different than a 3.4 in psychology; and 2) dual degrees including a JD are so rare as to not even be worth mentioning. It would make more sense for schools to accept the GMAT, because the most common dual degree is a JD/MBA.

however, I'm from a pure humanities background and have no intention to pursue a second degree, is it wired if I do NOT choose LSAT? Will a humanities background with GRE scores ONLY make me disadvantaged during the application process?


Why do you want to take the GRE instead of the LSAT? Do you want to get a PhD or MA in your field? That's really the only reason to take the GRE.

If you want to go to law school, take the LSAT. Maybe it makes sense to apply with a GRE if you already have an awesome score in your back pocket, but that doesn't sound like your situation.

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby QContinuum » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:40 pm

totesTheGoat wrote:I'm really skeptical about this being the reasoning because 1) the LSAT isn't what's keeping STEM candidates out of law school admissions, it's the fact that a 3.4 in mechanical engineering is treated almost no different than a 3.4 in psychology; and 2) dual degrees including a JD are so rare as to not even be worth mentioning. It would make more sense for schools to accept the GMAT, because the most common dual degree is a JD/MBA.

To be fair, I think the "let's attract more STEM candidates!" rationale is the exact public rationale given by just about every law school that's decided to start accepting the GRE.

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby totesTheGoat » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:41 pm

That's really, really stupid.

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby Wubbles » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:06 pm

I don't think law schools pay scholarships for high GRE scores yet, so I think this is an easy choice.

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Re: Choose GRE or LSAT?

Postby QContinuum » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:11 pm

Wubbles wrote:I don't think law schools pay scholarships for high GRE scores yet, so I think this is an easy choice.

Are you sure? I don't think we can tell from the public data. They might, or they might not.

In any case I certainly agree that there is zero reason at this point for OP to choose the GRE over the LSAT. OP should take the LSAT to maximize her options (as well as the predictability of her application cycle).



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