Magazine article University Business

Students Win $7 Million and Reforms in ADA Dispute over LSAT

Magazine article University Business

Students Win $7 Million and Reforms in ADA Dispute over LSAT

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The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is required to pay $7.73 million to more than 6,000 students after a consent decree issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the past five years, those students have asked for ADA accommodations on the LSAT, which the council administers. LSAC had been flagging for law school admissions administrators the tests of students who had asked for extra time, as well as requiring extra accommodations documentation.

"Essentially, they were asking for a re-diagnosis of a disability in order for students to get accommodations," says Scott Lissner, ADA coordinator at The Ohio State University and president of the Association on Higher Education And Disability Board.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed the suit initially in 2012 on behalf of 17 disabled applicants, who felt the test flagging was signaling to law schools that their scores may not have been deserved.

According to Lissner, the accommodations request process was also made more burdensome because students had to turn in documentation very early and LSAC would often reject requests without much explanation. …

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