The University of Virginia School of Law is now accepting GRE and GMAT test scores from applicants as part of the J.D. admissions process, in addition to the LSAT.
The change will make it easier for people from a variety of academic and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.
“UVA Law has long been a place where students from a variety of disciplines have thrived,” Dean Risa Goluboff said. “This change will open doors for highly qualified applicants, many of whom could be interested in our dual-degree programs and cross-disciplinary careers, to pursue a law degree.”
The GRE and GMAT are offered frequently in hundreds of locations around the world and are accepted by a wide range of graduate and professional degree programs. (Learn more about how LSAT, GRE and GMAT test scores are reported.)
“Sometimes taking yet another test is a financial barrier to applicants,” Dean Cordel Faulk ’01 said. “Applicants who have taken the GRE or GMAT can now bypass the LSAT, if they choose.”
In compliance with American Bar Association standards, the Law School authorized two research studies that used anonymized data to evaluate the performance of current and past UVA Law students who had taken the GRE or GMAT. The studies concluded that the GRE and GMAT, like the LSAT, are valid and reliable tests in assessing an applicant’s ability to satisfactorily complete the Law School’s J.D. program.
Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.