Standardized Tests FAQ
Which standardized tests are valid for consideration to Columbia Law School?
Columbia Law School accepts the LSAT and the GRE as a basis for admission.
Why did Columbia Law School begin accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT?
Columbia Law School accepts the GRE as part of our ongoing commitment to prepare students to be leaders across multiple disciplines. The GRE is administered frequently in hundreds of locations around the world and is accepted by a wide range of graduate and professional degree programs, thereby making it possible for an even broader pool of candidates to gain access to a distinct legal education. Acceptance of the GRE is consistent with the standards espoused by the American Bar Association (ABA) Interpretation 503-1.
Should I take the GRE, or the LSAT?
Applicants can take either the GRE or the LSAT for consideration for admission to Columbia Law School. The choice is entirely up to you.
Candidates using the GRE as a basis for admission must submit all GRE test scores from exams administered within the last five years, in addition to any LSAT test scores from exam administrations within the last five years. Candidates applying with the GRE may not “ScoreSelect.” Candidates may submit LSAT test scores as the sole standardized test to be used for consideration, even if they have taken the GRE.
We take a holistic and individual approach and do not have specific recommendations regarding an applicant's decision to apply with either the GRE or the LSAT.
When is the latest date that I can sit for the LSAT/GRE?
LSAT: For the Early Decision Plan, the last LSAT administration date that meets our deadline is October 28, 2019. For Regular Decisions, the last LSAT administration date that meets our deadline is January 13, 2020.
GRE: For the Early Decision Plan, the last GRE administration date that meets our deadline is November 1, 2019. For Regular Decisions, the last GRE administration date that meets our deadline is February 1, 2020.
For how long is a LSAT/GRE score valid?
LSAT: An LSAT score is considered valid by the Admissions Committee for no longer than five years. Candidates applying for admission to the 2020 entering class as regular applicants may submit LSAT scores earned on or after the June 2015 administration, but no later than the January 2020 administration.
GRE: A GRE score is considered valid by the Admissions Committee for no longer than five years. Candidates applying for admission to the 2020 entering class as regular applicants may submit GRE scores from tests taken between June 1, 2015 and February 1, 2020.
Can I submit my application before I take the LSAT/GRE?
Yes; however, you should indicate the date on which you are scheduled to take the test on question 6.1 of your application. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until we have received your official LSAT/GRE score and all other required documents.
Applicants taking an LSAT/GRE administration close to the application deadline should ensure that all other application materials have been submitted and that their application is otherwise complete prior to the release of their score(s).
What are the minimum test score requirements for acceptance to Columbia Law School?
Although academic achievements and performance on the LSAT/GRE are clearly relevant to the selection process, we strongly emphasize that admission to the Law School is based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative factors contained in your application, not solely on either grades or test scores. Every complete application is read in full by at least two members of the Admissions Committee.
LSAT: There is no minimum LSAT score in the consideration process for admission to Columbia Law School. For the 2018 entering class, the median LSAT score was 172.
GRE: There is no minimum score in the consideration process for admission to Clumbia Law School. The Admissions Committee considers scores from all sections of the GRE as part of our holistic review process.
Should I take the general GRE test, or a specific subject test?
You should take the general test, as the specific subject tests are not applicable to Columbia Law School’s admissions process.
How do I report my GRE score?
If you choose to submit GRE test scores, kindly instruct Educational Testing Service to forward all test scores received within the last five years. Candidates should log in to their ETS account and designate Columbia Law School as a recipient, using our school code 4046. You may not choose which GRE test scores to send.
If I have general questions about the GRE who should I contact?
For general questions about the GRE, including test dates, locations, and requirements, please visit ETS.org, and click on “GRE."
Do I still need to apply through LSAC if I am taking the GRE rather than the LSAT?
Yes, all law school applicants are required to create an LSAC account and complete a CAS report through LSAC.org, regardless of which standardized test you choose to take.
Are fee waivers available for the LSAT and GRE?
For more information on LSAT’s fee waiver policy, please visit LSAC.org. To learn more about the GRE Fee Reduction Program, visit ETS.org.