The Law School Admission Test is at the center of two disability discrimination lawsuits filed in the past week and a half.
On June 2, a senior at Wesleyan University with attention deficit disorder filed a lawsuit against the Law School Admission Council after it twice denied her requests to provide certain accommodations, according to an article in The National Law Journal.
The student, who also has processing speed disorder that limits her ability to process written information, asked for double the standard time to complete the test, as well as 15-minute breaks between the test’s individual sections. She is scheduled to take the LSAT on June 6.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, comes barely a week after a man who is blind filed a lawsuit against the American Bar Association because it pressures schools to administer the LSAT, which he claims is discriminatory against people who are blind or visually impaired.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is targeted at the test’s logic games section, which makes up a fourth of the test and requires students to use diagrams to find the correct answers. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the ABA allows schools to consider other tests besides the LSAT in their admissions process if the application establishes that the alternate test is a “valid and reliable” test of an applicant’s “capability to satisfactorily complete the school’s educational program.”
In April, the LSAC reached a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind to improve accessibility to its website.