LSAC To Change LSAT Policy For Disabled

The ABA Journal reported that LSAC will pay a $7.73M settlement over "Law School Admission Test policies concerning the disabled." LSAC's previous policy was to flag test scores of those who were given extra time, and along with the monetary settlement, LSAC has agreed to stop flagging the test scores.

"LSAC did not admit liability in the settlement announced Tuesday in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act case. The money will be used to compensate some 6,000 test-takers nationwide who had asked for accommodations under the ADA over the past five years"

"A DOJ press release provides additional details about the consent decree. It must still be approved by a federal judge in San Francisco before it is final."

"LSAC said in a written statement that it decided to settle 'not because we believe that we were wrong in our position, but because we do not think that continued litigation is in the best interests of our member schools or prospective law school students.' It also said the DOJ has been aware, since at least 1986, of the LSAC practice of flagging test results to alert law schools when the applicant was given extra time, and it criticized the DOJ for litigating rather than pursuing change through 'a traditional notice-and-comment rule-making.'"

This is a good thing because "[m]any of the finest members of the legal profession, past and present, have had disabilities," says ABA President James R. Silkenat.


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