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Would-Be Transfer Student with Emotional and Learning Disabilities Sues for LSAT Accommodations


A law student in Massachusetts who suffers from mental health problems has filed a lawsuit seeking accommodations when taking the Law School Admission Test.

The student, who identifies himself using the pseudonym “Nathan F.,” seeks twice the time to take the test, the National Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. The suit (PDF) says the LSAC is offering no more than 50 percent additional time, which is insufficient for Nathan’s “well-documented, disabling neurological, emotional and learning disabilities.”

Nathan F. is attending an ABA-approved law school in Massachusetts but wants to transfer to a better-ranked school. In addition to learning and attention disorders, he has obsessive compulsive disorder, depressive disorder and anxiety disorder.

He has a record of academic success with the help of accommodations, having graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and earning graduate degrees from Brown and Harvard, the suit says.

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