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A doctor, an accountant, and a writer walked in to a law school but couldn't get out. Why?
Because the admissions office wanted them to stay for three more years. True story, and you thought it was a joke.
More than ever, law schools want a diverse student population. It's not just about minorities, it's about different walks of life.
Increasingly, law schools are hurting for students from fields outside traditional pre-law studies. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are prime candidates. Why?
Because STEM students often perform better on the LSAT than applicants from other majors and they have more job opportunities post-graduation. Admissions offices are so interested in students from diverse disciplines they are accepting GRE scores in lieu of LSATs.
More than 150 law schools backed Arizona's Rogers College of Law when it became the first in the nation to accept GRE scores. Harvard, Georgetown, and Northwestern also opened the door, and others are sure to follow.
"I can't imagine other top law schools not following suit," said Bill Henderson, who teaches at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and writes extensively about legal education and law school rankings.
Science and the Arts
Admissions offices are excited about math and science majors, but they are also interested in second-language students and others who have marched to a different drummer.
"While theater, film, and fine arts majors are less common among law school applicants, an obvious connection to law lies in copyright or entertainment," Michelle Kim Hall wrote for U.S. News & World Report.
Kim said traditional majors, like English, still fill the law school halls. But foreign language speakers are "coveted among legal employers in this increasingly globalized world," she said.