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    Hello everyone!

    ABA Standards and Rules Interpretation 503-3 states:

    Interpretation 503-3
    (a) It is not a violation of this Standard for a law school to admit no more than 10% of an entering class
    without requiring the LSAT from:
    (1) Students in an undergraduate program of the same institution as the J.D. program; and/or
    (2) Students seeking the J.D. degree in combination with a degree in a different discipline.
    (b) Applicants admitted under subsection (a) must meet the following conditions:
    (1) Scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT for purposes of subsection (a)(1), or for
    purposes of subsection (a)(2), scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT; and
    (2) Ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work, or
    achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.

    Perhaps many of you have heard of law schools that are already allowing their universities’ undergrads to apply without having to take the LSAT. (There are a few out there and we expect many more will follow suit soon.)

    It may seem like a great deal at first. You can apply and be considered for admission to the law school without having to take the LSAT. Of course, to qualify for this, you must have already shown some aptitude for standardized tests by scoring in at least the 85 percentile on a similar standardized test. Furthermore, you must also be in the top 10% of your academic class or have a GPA of at least 3.5.

    When you look at these GPA and probable LSAT combinations, you’ll realize the applicants qualified to skip the LSAT are likely the same ones who would have a significant number of options if they took the LSAT. (A test they would presumably do very well on if they studied hard given their previous 85+ percentile scores on other standardized tests.) So, if you are looking at skipping the LSAT due to Interpretation 503-3, please make sure you’re not selling yourself short by potentially attending a higher ranked school that may provide better placement and/or other benefits.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    #50869

    auelox
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    It does seem like it was written to serve the school instead of the applicant.

    #50885

    theraband
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    Glad to see someone with the common sense and courage to state this. These schools are exploiting their own undergrads.

    #51060

    freerun
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    I disagree. Some people can get great grades but fare poorly on standardized tests. Some want or need to stay near their current location so the 503 rule can help at lest a subset of the group.

    #51093

    Hello everyone!

    The ABA has decided to eliminate the limited LSAT exclusion of 503-3. As a result, this will be the last year schools will be able to use it to admit up to 10% of their entering class.

    Best regards,

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    President
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

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