Bar Association Council Votes to Get Rid of LSAT Testing Requirement to Promote Diversity
On November 18, 2022, the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions voted to do away with the well-established requirement of having prospective law students take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
As Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge observed, the LSAT is “a standardized test which gauges one’s logical reasoning skills, rather than a strictly knowledge-based test such as the SAT, GRE, and MCAT.”
Curiously, several dozen law school deans were against this move arguing that getting rid of the LSAT could in fact undermine the goal of bringing diversity to the legal field.
Should this standard be adopted on a wide scale, it would make standardized testing optional for a field that is known for its professionals possessing advanced knowledge on legal affairs. The LSAT at least tests for standardized knowledge that any legal professional worth their salt must have.
One thing that a recent Wall Street Journal report noted about the move to drop the LSAT is that such a move will likely hurt students that come from humbler backgrounds. The 60 law school deans believe that by removing the test requirement, admissions will weigh GPA and other factors more heavily that are less objective.
Per the letter, the LSAT “index score can help identify students who are capable of performing at a satisfactory level, even though their grades alone and other indicia would not so indicate.” This holds especially true for students from “less advantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups.”
“Getting rid of the LSAT will just make the application process more subjective,” declared Campus Reform‘s Tahmineh Dehbozorgi during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”
“For a lot of minorities, including myself, this is a way we can overcome a lot of barriers and biases that exist in the admission process,” she added.
Such a move would only debase the legal profession in America, which is already rife with controversy. On top of that, many unqualified law school candidates will now be accepted into law schools where they likely will end up dropping out or at least not be prepared to pass the bar exam. In the latter case, we may likely see calls to lower standards for passing the bar exam, if not getting rid of it altogether, which would further degrade the legal profession.
When diversity becomes a society’s prime directive, one can only expect chaos to ensue. This is how civilizations decay and ultimately disappear into ether.