Standardized Test Policy
Notre Dame Law School accepts both the LSAT and GRE for admissions and scholarship consideration. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for either exam. A candidate is not considered more committed by taking both exams or disadvantaged by taking the same exam multiple times.
Providing Score Reports to Notre Dame Law School
Both the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) consider their score reports to be valid for five admission cycles after the test in question. LSAC will automatically report all LSAT test scores since June 2015 to the Admissions Committee via a student’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. To maintain parity in the requirements between the LSAT and GRE results and to continue to study the validity of the GRE in connection to academic success at Notre Dame Law School, applicants must also submit all GRE test results since July 2015. Applicants may not choose which results they will share, regardless of ScoreSelect option availability. A failure to comply with this policy may result in a withdrawal of an offer of admission.
If an applicant has concerns about sharing all test results from the last five years, the Admissions Committee encourages the student to utilize the Addenda section of their application to elaborate upon the circumstances in question. The Admissions Committee will review those scores within the context of the addendum.
The Admissions Committee should receive the results of the January 2021 LSAT or a GRE taken by January 15, 2021 with sufficient time so as to be considered as part of an Early Decision application. The Admissions Committee should receive the results of the February 2021 LSAT or a GRE taken by February 28, 2021 with sufficient time so as to be considered as part of a Regular Decision application. The Admissions Committee may consider the results of the April 2021 LSAT or a GRE taken on or after March 1, 2021 for applicants who are offered a place on the waitlist.
Applicants who submit their materials and later register for the GRE must inform the Admissions Committee of their plans via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students admitted as a GRE-only applicant and who subsequently take the LSAT will be subject to admission and/or scholarship reconsideration. In the event an offer admission and/or scholarship is rescinded, any seat deposits paid will be refunded.
Multiple Score Reports
If an applicant has taken both the GRE and the LSAT, the Admissions Committee will review all scores but must report the highest LSAT score to the American Bar Association (ABA).
If an applicant has taken the LSAT multiple times, the Admissions Committee will review all scores but must report the highest LSAT score to the ABA.
If an applicant applies as a GRE-only applicant and has taken that exam multiple times, the Admissions Committee will review all scores but must “super score” (ie, take the highest section scores an applicant received regardless of whether they occurred on the same test administration) and report those highest section scores to the ABA.
Comparing the GRE and LSAT
The Admissions Committee utilizes two methods when evaluating the GRE versus the LSAT.
ETS provides a conversion tool on their website to translate a GRE score into an LSAT score. This conversion tool is based on their research into the predictive validity of the GRE vis-a-vis the LSAT and first year law school grades.
US News and World Report asks law schools to report GRE-only applicants’ scores via their section percentile scores rather than their raw scores or the ETS conversion tool. You may find the percentile scores for each section of the GRE here and for the LSAT here.
Notre Dame Law School’s entering class of 2020 had an LSAT median of 167 which is in the 94th percentile for that exam. We encourage GRE-only applicants to score in that percentile or higher for each section of the GRE.