You Gotta Have Faith wrote:The video is interesting. But I just don't see such a thing happening. Or I would be very surprised if they got rid of the LSAT. The LSAT is the only thing (apart from, arguably, the personal statement) that is standardized and presents the same challenge to all law students in attempting to gain admission to any given law school.
While the personal statement is something that law schools also look at, it could be written by someone else. However the LSAT, at least in theory, is taken only by the applicant and thus the only thing that is standard in the process. Grades, as we all know, can mean different things at different schools. And they can also vary based off of what major you had as an undergrad.
Do I think Adcomms should place as much emphasis as they do on the LSAT at all times? No, not really. I think they should look at other things and weigh other factors as they too are important. But I also don't think that getting rid of the only standardized thing in the admissions process is a good idea. Getting rid of the LSAT could create a school hierarchy where those from the better undergrad schools would stand a greater chance of getting into the better law schools. The LSAT gives the student from Podunk State U. a chance to outscore the guy from Princeton.
But again, I wish we did live in a world where the LSAT wasn't the all important and determining factor. USNWR has certainly not helped this. Though, as I've noted in previous posts, I think that there is a law school hierarchy that is really rigid (as opposed to med schools) precisely because it is not terribly difficult to gain admission into a law school somewhere. This is not the case with Med schools.
And I digress... meh.
Well yeah, the video explicitly states that the LSAT was the solution to a previous system of law school admissions that was based almost entirely on the pedigree of the undergraduate school. This is part of my irritation at those who complain about the LSAT being biased based on socioeconomic status and that therefore we should get rid of it---the LSAT is the reason why law schools don't care about where you went to college---"But, but, I went to an Ivy" doesn't hold weight with them because "Well, if you're so great at your Ivy, why didn't you do better on the LSAT?" is the counterpoint. Take away the LSAT and it'll probably revert to something like the older system which uh, is about as unfair and lacking in social mobility as it's going to get.
The LSAT is abused and misused thanks to USNWR---LSAC itself instructs law schools to not pay attention to small score differences (ie: A 174 is *the same* as a 171 in their eyes, the difference should not make/break applications the way it does), but that's not the fault of the LSAT.