Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law announced Thursday that it has instituted a new program that allows undergraduates at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to skip taking the LSAT and apply directly to the law school.
This program is available thanks to a change in American Bar Association Rules. The ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Standard 503 – Admission Test – says it is not a violation of this rule for a law school to admit no more than 10 percent of an entering class without requiring the LSAT. Those students must be in an undergraduate program of the same institution as the J.D. program or be students seeking the J.D. degree in combination with a degree in a different discipline. A prospective student cannot have already received an LSAT score prior to applying to this program.
Those students must also have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT or the GRE or GMAT; and be ranked in the top 10 percent of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work or maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters.
“We are excited to offer this great opportunity to the students on our campus,” said Julie Smith, director of student recruitment at IU McKinney. “Qualified IUPUI students do not need to take the LSAT and can apply right away for admission and scholarship consideration. And since we’re still accepting applications, it is possible to get started in law school in Fall 2015.”
Earlier this year, the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law said they would admit students from their respective undergraduate colleges based on this ABA rule.
More information about the direct admissions program is available on IU McKinney’s website.