A federal judge in the Northern District of California left mostly in tact procedures that will make it easier for LSAT test takers to qualify for accommodations. The opinion includes an automatic review by an outside expert when the LSAC denies requests, submission of documentation dating back to when the LSAT test taker was as young as 13 and differing levels of documentation depending on the amount of accommodation sought.
For years, we’ve advised our clients that the LSAT is the hardest exam to gain accommodations for. We’ve also been painfully aware of how expensive some of the accommodations testing can be. We’re optimistic that now, hopefully, disabled test takers will have an easier time gaining the accommodations to which they are legally entitled!
Law360 has an article (click link to the left) stating Joseph Spiro, a federal judge in California, has declared the LSAC to likely be “in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers.” The judge also added he was shocked the government is not already vigorously pursuing a contempt case against the LSAC.
The ABA Journal has a nice article that follows up on the earlier post about Judge Spiro’s declaration and details the “50 percent emails” policy the LSAC instituted with the February 2016 LSAT test. Since we have no interest in copying and pasting the article linked above, you’re encouraged to click the link to learn more about the internal policy that so angered the judge.