Student with ADD Sues for More LSAT Time in Another Suit Alleging Disability Bias
Posted Jun 2, 2011 7:31 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Another student has filed a lawsuit claiming the Law School Admission Test discriminates against those with disabilities.
The suit by Meghan Larywon, a senior at Wesleyan University, seeks double the time to take the exam and 15-minute breaks between sections, the National Law Journal reports. Larywon has attention deficit disorder and a "processing speed disorder" that makes it difficult for her to process written information.
The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, names the Law School Admission Council as a defendant.
The LSAC has been sued at least five times in the last 10 years by test-takers with disabilities seeking accommodations, the NLJ says. In another recent suit, this one filed against the ABA, a plaintiff claimed LSAT questions requiring diagrams discriminated against the blind. The ABA requires accredited schools to use a valid and reliable admissions test, but does not specify which test should be used and how much weight it should be given, the association said in a statement after the suit was filed.
ABAJournal.com: “ABA on Blind Applicant’s Suit: LSAT Isn’t Required; Law Schools Decide How to Weigh Any Test”
ABAJournal.com: "Blind Law School Applicant’s Suit Contends ABA Violates ADA by Promoting LSAT"