New opportunity to apply to law school without LSAT

The BYU Law Building, named after J. Reuben Clark, houses the BYU law program. Recent changes allow a limited number of students to apply without the LSAT requirement.

BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School provides an alternative to the LSAT for BYU students seeking admission.

The American Bar Association issued a new rule that allows law schools to accept a limited number of students without taking the Law School Admission Test, commonly known as the LSAT.

Prospective applicants who want to apply without taking the LSAT must be current BYU students, have a GPA of 3.8 or higher and be in the top 15 percent on the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT.

Gayla Sorenson, assistant dean of Admissions at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, thinks this is a great opportunity for BYU students contemplating law school but who might be sitting on the fence. “BYU Law School continues to offer an exceptional value, and we are always anxious to see more highly qualified students apply,” she said.

The J. Reuben Clark Law School is currently ranked No. 36 by the U.S. News and World Report.

The school received an unusually low number of applications for a school of its quality but is known to be just as selective as other law schools in its sphere. The school receives about 800 applications a year and accepts about 250 of them.

There has been a decrease in applications to law schools nationwide, but Sorenson said the J. Reuben Clark Law School has not been as affected as the rest of the nation.

Sorenson assures potential applicants that the law school looks at more than GPA’s and LSAT scores when considering applicants. “We look at the whole package, and we take that very seriously,” Sorenson said.

For more information, contact the BYU Law Admissions office: or 801-422-7871.

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