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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Disability Groups Defend California's LSAT Anti-Flagging Law

LSACNational Law Journal, Disability Groups Defend California's LSAT Anti-Flagging Law:

Disability rights groups have lined up to defend a California law that prohibits the Law School Admission Council from “flagging” LSAT scores—that is, alerting law schools when test takers received extra time as an accommodation for a disability.

Thirteen state and national advocacy organizations, including the Association on Higher Education and Disability and the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, on Tuesday filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the council that is pending before California’s Third District Court of Appeal.

The amici, along with the state of California, want the appellate court to uphold the anti-flagging law and reverse a preliminary injunction against its enforcement.

According to the amicus brief, the law imposes “no irreparable harm to the LSAC. Rather, the ongoing harm is to Californians with disabilities who seek to enter the legal profession, but face unnecessary hurdles in obtaining testing accommodations, followed by the unwarranted disclosure of their testing accommodations, due to LSAC’s policies.”

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The LSAT is only difficult because there is time pressure. I'd wager that even 10 minutes of extra time can make a big difference.

Posted by: HTA | Aug 29, 2013 12:58:30 PM

In response to HTA, then maybe a timed test is not the best tool to use for law school admissions. LSAT is the only game in town so applicants have no other option. As lawyers, we fight against discrimination against disabilities and this is no different.

Posted by: ATH | Aug 29, 2013 2:03:06 PM

If these folks are taking 10% more time on the test, will they adjust the hours they bill when they are in practice as well? There really is no good solution...

Posted by: J Dawg | Aug 30, 2013 7:58:42 AM