SUNY-Buffalo’s Law School and the University of Iowa School of Law are doing a limited experiment in admitting students who did not take the much-hated LSAT.
Both schools are going to start admitting students from their “respective undergraduate colleges” based on grades and other standardized tests (I am guessing the SAT and SAT II). This is pouncing on a recent change by the ABA that allows schools to fill 10 percent of their classes with people who did not take the LSAT.
Both SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Iowa are not bad law schools. Iowa is currently ranked #27 and Buffalo is ranked #100. Both are the only public law schools in their respective states. The problem is probably one of markets. Iowa probably has a small legal market and there is plenty of competition for the Chicago legal market from the University of Chicago, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and national schools. Minneapolis-St.Paul also has plenty of draw for regional law schools. Upstate New York is not a huge legal market and SUNY-Buffalo grads probably have a hard time compared to people who went to law school in and around NYC and had three years to build up contacts and also with Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Stanford grads who want to work in NYC.
I imagine other schools are going to follow suit.