ABA passed resolution calls on LSAT to accommodate people with disabilities

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution February 6 urging the Law School Admission’s Council to improve its procedures for ensuring people with disabilities have a fair shot at attending law school.

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“The American Bar Association urges all entities that administer a law school admission test to provide appropriate accommodations for a test taker with a disability to best ensure that the exam results reflect what the exam is designed to measure, and not the test taker’s disability.”

Specifically, the resolution calls on the resolution to make “readily accessible” all “policies, guidelines, and administrative procedures” used to ensure people with disabilities receive proper accommodations, such as screen readers and loosened times and location restrictions.

The resolution also calls for the LSAT to improve its process for notifying applicants whether they will receive certain accommodations, and to provide a “fair process” for applicants appealing a denial for an accommodation.

The LSAT has been sued multiple times by students who were denied certain accommodations for taking the test.

Most recently, a University of Pennsylvania student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder filed a lawsuit against the LSAC on February 3, alleging that he was discriminated against after being twice denied a request for an extended time period to complete the test, according to an article in the National Law Journal.