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DOJ says LSAT is discriminatory

Government supports a class action alleging test violates ADA

The federal government is supporting a discrimination lawsuit against the organization that administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Yesterday, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to intervene in a class action in which a group of law school hopefuls accuses the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT, of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate test takers with disabilities.

In its motion, the DOJ claims the LSAC improperly flags tests completed with accommodations, thus identifying disabled test takers and implying “that examinees who exercise their civil right to the testing accommodation of extended time may not deserve the scores they received.”

The LSAC denies the accusations and is moving to dismiss the lawsuit.

This isn’t the first time that LSAT takers have claimed the test discriminates against individuals with disabilities. In June, a blind law school candidate sued the American Bar Association, claiming the LSAT violates the ADA, and last December, a New York woman with a cognitive disability sued the LSAC for not giving her an extension to take the exam.

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