American Bar Association (ABA) Drops LSAT Exemption

Within just one year of the move, the American Bar Association (ABA) has dropped the LSAT exemption program for law schools. Earlier, ABA had allowed select university-affiliated law schools to admit 10% of the candidates who have not taken the LSAT. Officials said that the exemption was ambiguous and complicated and created an unfair playing field for law schools.

Law schools who had initiated admission measures based on the exemption are largely disappointed. Most thought that the officials did not give this experiment enough time for it to work out. However, the exemption will stay this year since many law schools have already begun accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year.

The exemption rule was meant for law schools to introduce new admission approaches and encourage diversity across law schools. This would have helped law schools attract students who would have otherwise applied to other programs.

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