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September 29, 2021

ABA legal education section releases consultant’s report on ETS’ study of GRE

CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2021 — The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is seeking comment on a just-released independent consultant report examining the 2018 study by the Educational Testing Service on the predictive value for law school applicants of its Graduate Requirement Examination (GRE).

Comments on the report, posted under General News on the section’s website, are due Oct. 31. The council, the governing body of the section which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D., will consider the report at its next meeting, scheduled for Nov. 18-20.

“The report will be reviewed by the council at its November meeting to determine future guidance to schools on the use of the GRE,” said Bill Adams, ABA managing director for Accreditation and Legal Education.

Adams said in 2020, 1.47% of the entering first-year class, or 549 applicants out of 38,233, were admitted with a GRE score.

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