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Getting Into Law School Is Easier Than It Used to Be, and That's Not Good

Even elite law schools now accept students with significantly lower LSAT scores
The Emory University School of Law in Atlanta

The Emory University School of Law in Atlanta

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Getting into law school with low test scores is easier than it used to be. 

Low scores on the Law School Admission Test have dipped at most schools in recent years, a new report shows. A paper released last month by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the nonprofit that creates part of the bar exam, shows that since 2010, 95 percent of the 196 U.S. law schools at least partially accredited by the American Bar Association for which the NCBE had data lowered their standards for students near the bottom of the pack. The NCBE compiled data from the American Bar Association and the Law School Admission Council, the group that administers the LSAT, to illustrate the decline in LSAT scores for students at the 25th percentile—meaning, the students who were at the very top of the bottom quartile of students.