The National Law Journal reports that the University of Illinois has now become the second school to announce that it will allow select juniors to apply to its law school without the LSAT. Michigan Law School announced last month that it would allow Michigan juniors with at least a 3.8 G.P.A. to apply to its law school without LSAT scores. Both schools cite the desire to keep top juniors as a key motivator behind the new initiatives. Paul Pless, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid at University of Illinois College of Law, explained, “We were worried that we were missing out of some of the best University of Illinois graduates.”
Although the goals of the two programs are relatively similar, there are some key differences:
- Unlike Michigan, Illinois has no GPA cutoff; instead it requires additional essays and interviews.
- Michigan applicants may not take the LSAT; Illinois applicants may, if they so choose.
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