Applicants to law schools register for the Law School Data Assembly Service. The LSDAS is the place where you send transcripts and have professors upload letters of recommendation, greatly reducing the paperwork on your end. Individual schools have things like Dean’s Certifications and such that are completed on a school-by-school basis, but most of the work is done by the LSDAS. (NB: It’s run by the people who administer the LSAT, so they have access to that data already.)
I, meanwhile, have to have transcripts sent by each school I’ve attended to every school I’m asking to accept me to a PhD program, and my recommenders have to navigate individual application websites. Frankly, this seems like a lot more work for everyone.
Is there a significant difference between the application processes that makes a GSDAS unwieldy? I know programs differ greatly from field to field, but why hasn’t, say, ETS taken this on as a business model?
Also, I have no idea how business schools work, but they have their own test (the GMAT) instead of the standard GRE. Do business schools have a data assembly service like the LSDAS? Do med schools?
Thanks! I’m really curious about this.