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How The GRE May Help Bridge Law’s Tech Gap

Aebra Coe law360.com

As technology plays an ever larger role in the delivery of legal services, the deans of three law schools say accepting the GRE as an entrance exam could help them dip into a highly sought-after pool of talent: science and technology students.

According to the Law School Admissions Council, which administers the LSAT, the vast majority of law school applicants in the 2015-16 school year were social sciences and humanities majors. Just 0.49 percent majored in computer science, 1.31 percent in engineering, and 4.04 percent in natural science fields like biology, chemistry and math.

Ru Bhatt, managing director in the associate practice group at legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, says if the GRE catches on as an entrance exam, students unsure of what they want to do after obtaining their undergraduate degree could be more apt to look to law school as an option.

That is because those students would be able to take one exam and then weigh various options for graduate school, without needing to take multiple costly and time-intensive exams, he said.

“In the end, I think you may end up getting a more diverse base of students within the law schools that accept the GRE,” Bhatt said.

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