SMU Dedman School of Law to accept GRE for J.D. ADMISSION

New admissions policy will begin with the fall 2019-2020 application cycle


DALLAS (SMU) – SMU Dedman School of Law will accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to satisfy the standardized test requirement for J.D. admissions purposes, in addition to the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) that is currently used, starting with the fall 2019-2020 application cycle. The GRE is the most widely used graduate school exam in the United States.

“For nearly 100 years, SMU Dedman School of Law has always looked at the prospective student as a whole person,” said Jennifer Collins, Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law. “Adding the GRE as a standardized test option will help us identify an even broader pool of applicants who will flourish in law school and who will make meaningful contributions to our profession and our community.”

A student who has already taken the GRE will not have to incur an additional financial burden by taking another standardized test. The GRE is often a more attractive test for those students who have undergraduate majors in STEM and are interested in the nationally recognized SMU Law Intellectual Property Program or the educational opportunities of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation.  Schools accepting the GRE have benefited by receiving applications from more diverse candidates from a variety of non-traditional backgrounds.

“At SMU, we have long attracted outstanding students. We are excited to expand the opportunity to pursue a legal education to even more students by utilizing the GRE as an alternative pathway to law school,” said Jill Nikirk, Assistant Dean for Admissions at SMU Dedman School of Law.

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