The Wake Forest University School of Law will accept the Graduate Record Exam test scores as an alternative to the Law School Admissions Test scores for its admissions process beginning in the fall of 2018.

WFU announced the measure in a news release Tuesday.

Suzanne Reynolds, the law school’s dean, said that the school’s decision to accept the GRE is an effort to expand access to legal education for many students who are already considering graduate school and have taken the GRE test, but may not have the time or money to take the LSAT.

“While we remain committed to a small entering class, we are interested in increasing the diversity of our student body, in every respect, including educationally,” Reynolds said.

“As the college of Wake Forest University attracts more and more students with STEM backgrounds and interests, the law school should be prepared ... for an increasingly educationally diverse student body, with students who want to pursue a law degree, perhaps in combination with another graduate degree.”

WFU law school’s decision to accept the GRE as an additional valid and reliable admission test in the law-school admissions process follows Wake Forest Law’s role as one of the first three law schools — along with the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and the University of Hawaii’s Richardson Law School — in the nation to have started a validation study of the GRE test in collaboration with the Educational Testing Service.

The study revealed that GRE scores were predictive of first-year law school grades, which correlate to students’ overall success in law school, WFU said.

The GRE is a computer-delivered test offered year round at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries, WFU said, The GRE test assesses three major areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, and is used by most graduate schools in the United States as a measure of applicants’ readiness for graduate-level work.

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