One of the leading law schools in the United States is about to do something that was once unthinkable. What is it, you ask? Well, sit down and buckle up, because this news is going to blow your minds. This school is going to forgo both the LSAT and the GRE for students that are applying during the current pandemic.
Say it isn't so, you cry. Oh, it is so, and it's unheard of from a school of this caliber. What school is it? you ask. Well, hold on to your butts, because it's none other than the highly esteemed number 24 US News and World Report ranked Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law!
Now, stop reading for a moment or two so your heart can stop racing.
Okay. Good? Great. Let's continue on with the juicy news and see if we can put this into perspective. You see, the March LSAT was canceled and this caused some problems for those who would be entering law school during this turbulent time. There is more than one law school in the state of Arizona, but a baby-faced graduate from Arizona should not be denied law school admissions just because he or she didn't have a chance to take the LSAT that they planned to sit for, right?
Let's hear it from the horse's mouth, though:
"These applicants will be considered for admission into the Juris Doctor program as well as ASU Law’s innovative Master of Legal Studies Honors (MLSH) Program, which is a conditional admission program that provides students an opportunity to gain entry to the Juris Doctor program through outstanding classroom performance.
“We have always been committed to removing barriers to a legal education, and this is especially important right now,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “There are a lot of talented law school prospects who either don’t have access to the LSAT at the moment or don’t do their best work on standardized tests. We want to open doors, not close them, and give these students an opportunity to pursue an education at a top-ranked law school.”Law schools have been trying very hard to adapt to huge changes since the financial crisis hit a decade ago, but it seems that no matter how hard they try, new crises emerge in fast succession. This current one might be even bigger than the huge disenrollment numbers that were brought on by lack of jobs for students (martyrs) graduating in 2010-2013. Some law schools are not doing well at all during this time, and many are having to adapt to the changes that are taking place. Lucky for them, the pandemic may be history by the time August rolls around and law students all over the world may be able to sing kum ba yah as they sit down in lecture halls in law schools this autumn. Let's all hope so, because this virus has literally turned the world on its head!
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