Ending the LSAT requirement may or may not solve the legal profession’s diversity woes. However, it removes an undisputed barrier to law school entry for many Black applicants and permits law schools to experiment with better ways to both assess law school applicants and better prepare them for the rigors of legal study.
When it comes to expanding access to law school, we can do better, and we need to begin to do so now.
— Excerpts from a New York Law Journal piece coauthored by Dean Craig Boise of Syracuse University College of Law and Blank Rome counsel Alan Feigenbaum, which calls for the removal of the LSAT requirement for getting into law school. Doing so, they argue, would eliminate one of the greatest barriers to achieving diversity within the legal profession.
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