Rutgers-Camden Law School Fined for Waiving LSAT

, The National Law Journal


The American Bar Association has censured and fined Rutgers School of Law-Camden $25,000 for admitting students who had not taken the Law School Admission Test.

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  • ABA Snit

    OK, rules are rules. A school agrees to them and it should abide by them.

    But what does it say that the ABA - the apparent voice of the US legal profession - seeks to avoid the issue of whether the LSAT is really as valuable a predictor of student success in law school as some other standardized exam? Why not find out the truth?

    With moves like this, one might almost get the impression the ABA is more content to promote the continuation of our over-bloated and costly US system of graduate education than to find ways to obtain better filters to enable more capable students to enter the profession and to learn more cheaply and easily.

    In this time of educational renaissance, perpetuating non-sensical barriers, enhancing gross inefficiency and adding higher costs to a professional degree is just plain stupid. It doesn't inflate the value of the JD degree as much as it delegitimizes the profession.

    Particularly in light of the fact that it is only after graduation that students may undertake national and state exams for the privilege of actually beginning real work as a lawyer. And it only through actual practice that a lawyer acquires any true value.

    It's an awful lot of effort to make sure the Emperor has clothes.

  • JW

    In the big scheme of things, what does it matter? Shouldn't the States have oversight over this, versus the ABA? If the students can pass law school and the bar exam, but don't have LSAT scores, who cares besides the LSAT company and their lost profits of course. And apparently some big egos at the ABA.

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