Other Standardized Tests

The GRE and GMAT at Berkeley Law

Beginning with the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, Berkeley Law will begin accepting the GRE (general test) and GMAT under limited circumstances as part of a three year pilot study. The policies associated with the pilot program may change, without notice.

Complete information regarding the process for submission of GRE or GMAT, school codes, and additional frequently asked questions, will be posted on this page by September 15. 

View press release here.

 

When does Berkeley Law accept the GRE or GMAT in place of the LSAT?

A. Concurrent and Combined Degree Program Applicants who have not taken the LSAT 

  1. Applicants to the JD program concurrently applying (in the same application cycle) to another U.C. Berkeley graduate or professional degree program.

Example: Applicant A is applying to both the JD program and the MPP program at Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley for fall 2021, plans to pursue a JD/MPP, but will (if admitted to both) begin in the MPP program and defer law until fall 2022. The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score in lieu of the LSAT.

  1. Applicants to the JD program who, at the time of application submission, are currently enrolled in another U.C. Berkeley graduate or professional degree program and who seek to begin a concurrent degree program the following fall.

Example: Applicant B is a first-year MCP student in the UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning. They are applying to the JD program in order to begin a concurrent JD/MCP degree program in fall 2020. The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score in lieu of the LSAT.

3. Applicants to the JD program who, at the time of application submission, are currently enrolled in a degree program eligible to be combined with a JD from Berkeley Law, and who seek to begin that combined degree program the following fall.

Example: Applicant C is a first-year Masters of Arts student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. They are applying to the JD program in order to begin a combined JD/MA degree program in fall 2020. The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score.

Note: An applicant applying to the JD program who simply declares an “intent” to pursue a combined or concurrent degree program, without either already having applied to the other program or without being enrolled in such a program, is not eligible to apply with a GRE or GMAT score and must take the LSAT. 

B. Other Applicants who have not taken the LSAT

  1. Applicants to the JD program who, at the time of application submission, are currently enrolled in another graduate or professional degree program, but who are not seeking to pursue a concurrent degree program. This includes but is not limited to graduate and professional programs at U.C. Berkeley.

Example: Applicant D is second-year MBA student at Haas, applying to the JD program for fall 2021 (after completion of their MBA). The JD program will accept the applicant’s GMAT score in lieu of the LSAT.

Example: Applicant E is a second year MPP student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, applying to the JD program for fall 2021 (after completion of their MPP). The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score in lieu of the LSAT.

2. Applicants to the JD program who, at the time of application submission, earned a graduate or professional degree within the previous three years at any institution, and for whom the GRE or GMAT was required at the time they applied to the other program. This includes but is not limited to graduate and professional programs at U.C. Berkeley.

Example: Applicant F earned a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in May 2018, and is applying to the JD program for fall 2021. The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score.

Example: Applicant G earned a PhD in Classics from Harvard University in May 2019, and is applying to the JD program for fall 2021. The JD program will accept the applicant’s GRE score. (Note: While no test scores older than five years will be accepted in any case, this is most likely to come up for applicants who have completed or are close to completing a PhD degree. There are no exceptions to the five-year rule, for score validity reasons.)

 

Important Dates

The final dates by which you should complete the GRE or GMAT will depend on which application you are submitting, and whether you are applying for the Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship (BLOS) award.

For Binding Early Decision applicants: Complete the GRE or GMAT by October 28 (GRE paper test-takers should aim to complete the exam by October 1).

For Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship applicants: Complete the GRE or GMAT by November 25.

For Regular Decision JD applicants: Complete the GRE or GMAT by January 13, the same date as the last eligible administration of the LSAT. GRE paper test-takers should aim to complete the exam by January 1 to allow for 4-6 weeks processing time. 

 

How does Berkeley Law accept the GRE or GMAT?

Process for Submission

If you wish to have GRE and/or GMAT scores considered, please complete our supplemental form, which will be added to your file (as described above).

To submit GRE scores: Request that ETS send an official score report to Berkeley Law. We recommend you send scores from the test administration date containing your highest scores (it is the applicant’s responsibility to designate which test administration they want ETS to send). Please use the Berkeley Law JD program school code 4818. Unofficial or student-provided ETS score reports will not be accepted in lieu of official score reports received directly from ETS. Berkeley Law will have access to your analytical writing essays through ETS.

To submit GMAT scores: Request that GMAC send an official score report to Berkeley Law. This report will include all active GMAT scores. Please use the Berkeley Law JD program school code: N2V-3S-66. Unofficial or student-provided GMAC score reports will not be accepted in lieu of official score reports received directly from GMAC. 

NOTE: Even applicants applying with only the GRE and GMAT must also send a CAS report to Berkeley Law. No application will be complete without a CAS report received from LSAC, and the associated CAS fee will not be waived by Berkeley Law. 

The process for accepting LSAT scores is unchanged and can be found here

 

Is the process different if a candidate is applying with the LSAT only, the GRE or GMAT only, or a combination of scores from different assessments?

Applying with only the LSAT:

  • The LSAT is still required for the vast majority of applicants
    • If an applicant does not fall into one of the categories outlined below, an LSAT score is required. 
    • The last LSAT administration eligible for the Binding Early Decision application is October 2019; the last LSAT administration eligible for the Regular Decision application is January 2020.
  • All the general rules and policies apply as described in the Application Instructions and on the website.

Applying with only the GRE or GMAT (no LSAT):

  • All instances where a GRE/GMAT score can be considered in lieu of the LSAT are outlined on this page (see below). 
    • Applicants who may apply with a GMAT or GRE score in lieu of an LSAT score may do so if they fall under one of the categories [(A)1, 2, or 3, or (B)1 or 2] outlined below.
    • Applicants applying with the GRE or GMAT must submit the supplemental form.
  • If you have taken or plan to take only the GRE or GMAT, and you have a future GRE or GMAT test date, and you want us to hold your application review for that score:
    • You must notify us via a supplemental form available here
  • If you apply and communicate that you will only be submitting a GRE or GMAT score, and ultimately an official score report is not sent to us, your application will be considered incomplete and closed at the conclusion of our admissions process. 
  • If you have questions about your eligibility to apply with a GRE or GMAT, please contact the Admissions Office.

Applying with the LSAT and either the GRE or GMAT:

  • You are essentially an “LSAT applicant,” and must report your LSAT score, or your plans to take the LSAT, to the Admissions Office. 
    • You must also submit the supplemental form
  • If you have taken the GRE or GMAT, but also already took the LSAT at the time you are applying for admission:
    • You must indicate that in your application (Section 7, “Standardized Tests,” Question 1). 
    • Your file will not be considered complete until we have your LSAT score, even if a GRE or GMAT score report is already on file.
  •  If you have taken the GRE or GMAT, and are also registered for a future LSAT (before January 2020):
    • You must indicate future LSAT dates in Section 7 of your application, under Standardized Tests. 
    • You are an “LSAT applicant.”
    • Your file will not be considered complete until we have received your LSAT score. 
  • If you have taken the GRE or GMAT, and subsequently (after applying) decide to register for a future LSAT (before January 2020):
    • You must contact the Admissions Office to let us know you plan to take the LSAT. You have moved into the category of “LSAT applicant.”
    • Your application, if not already under review at that point, will not be considered eligible for review until we have received your LSAT score. 
      • However, if your file was already sent to review, and a decision was reached (without an LSAT score), we will not re-review your application in light of an LSAT score if a final decision on your application was reached. 
    • If you change your mind and decide not to take the future LSAT for which you registered, or you cancel your score, you must notify the Admissions Office in writing. Otherwise, we will continue to hold your application in anticipation of receiving a future LSAT score. 
  • If you would like your GRE or GMAT scores considered, but have taken the LSAT once or more:
    • You are an “LSAT applicant.”
    • You may send us a score report from ETS or GMAC. In this case you must submit the GRE/GMAT form
    • This information will be treated as an addendum to your application; it is one factor amongst many we consider in our holistic review process. We will not hold your file for review pending receipt of GRE or GMAT scores if you have an LSAT score on file and your application is otherwise complete.
    • If we have not heard from you regarding a future GMAT or GRE and your file is otherwise complete, it will be reviewed, and cannot be re-reviewed in light of a later score once a final decision has been reached. 
  • If you apply with a GRE or GMAT score only, but then later decide to take the LSAT (no later than January 2020):
    • You must notify us in writing by emailing admissions@law.berkeley.edu and you must also submit the GRE/GMAT form.
    • We reserve the right to hold your application until we receive your LSAT score. 
  • If you apply with an LSAT and then also take the GRE or GMAT, but we’ve already reviewed your file because it was considered complete:
    • You should complete the GRE/GMAT form if you have not yet received a final decision on your application.
    • We will not re-review your application in light of GRE or GMAT scores once a final decision has been reached.
  • If you’ve taken the GRE or GMAT and do not want those scores considered:
    • You are not required to submit these scores.
  • In no case will we accept GRE or GMAT scores that are more than five years old.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions regarding our process for taking GRE or GMAT scores, please review the following information: 

  1. When will Berkeley Law begin accepting standardized tests other than the LSAT? 

We will accept GRE and GMAT scores in lieu of an LSAT score under limited circumstances (see categories above) in fall 2019. 

2. Can I take the GRE or GMAT to satisfy admissions requirements if I am not applying to, enrolled in, or have already completed another graduate or professional degree?

No. If you do not fall within the categories above, an LSAT score will be an application requirement.

3. If I have an LSAT score, am I required to submit it? Can I choose to be considered based solely on my GRE or GMAT score? 

If you have taken both the GRE and LSAT, or GMAT and LSAT, we will ask for you to submit both sets of scores, and all scores will be considered during our review process.

4. I’ve taken the GRE/GMAT more than once. Can I choose which test scores to have reported to Berkeley Law? 

For GRE takers, we recommend you send scores from the test administration date containing your highest scores (it is the applicant’s responsibility to designate which test administration they want ETS to send). For GMAT takers, all active scores will be sent in your official report from GMAC. Only test scores from the past five years will be considered.

5. If I’ve taken the GRE or GMAT, do I still need to submit a CAS report through the LSAC?

You must register with the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service and submit a CAS Report if you are applying with a GRE or GMAT score. The CAS fee will not be waived. 

6. Are there specific score requirements for the GRE/GMAT?

All applications are given full consideration in accordance with our holistic review process. Berkeley Law does not have cut-off scores for the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT.

7. Are there fee waivers available for the LSAT, GRE or GMAT?

Standardized test fee waivers may be offered by the agency administering the exam. For GRE test fee waivers, please review their GRE Fee Reduction Program here. Fee waiver information for the LSAT is posted here. We do not currently have a program in place for offering GMAT fee waivers.