Florida International Law to accept GRE

Add Florida International University College of  Law to the growing list of law schools that are accepting Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in lieu of the traditional Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The Miami-based school becomes the first in South Florida to accept the GRE in addition to the LSAT. It will begin doing so with this year's Fall class. 

“As South Florida’s public law school, we are pleased to join the increasing number of law schools nationwide that accept other entrance exams,” said Dean Antony Page. “Graduate school applicants should not have to choose between applying to law instead of other programs, or vice versa, based on whether they have the resources to study for and take multiple entrance exams.”

Nearly 40 law schools now accept the GRE, and that number is growing. The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tuscon became the first school to do so in 2016. The trend picked up momentum when powerhouses such as Harvard Law School began to do so. 

Two reasons are mostly often cited. For one, students don't have to pay or prepare for two tests. Secondly, the GRE opens the door for more potential non-traditional law school students, those who may focused on undergrad majors such math and sciences, for instance. 

“For STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) graduates in particular, accepting the GRE opens new career opportunities that they might not have previously considered,” s Page said. “Broadening the diversity of our student body’s collective backgrounds will only enhance our students’ academic experience and increase the value of our graduates’ degrees.”

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