Disabilities Law

Judge Sides With Blind UCLA Law Grad, OKs Software to Read Bar Exam

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Stephanie Enyart isn’t yet admitted in California, but the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law grad has already won what presumably is her first case.

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled today that Enyart, who is blind, has a right to use the screen-reader computer software she wants when taking the Multistate Bar Examination portion of the California bar exam, the Associated Press reports.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners, which administers the test in the state, said it had done enough to accommodate Enyart by giving her extra time on the Multistate and providing a human being to help her read her computer screen.

However, Enyart wanted to use special computer software designed for blind test-takers on that portion of the California test, and U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled that this was a reasonable request, the news agency recounts.

The NCBE had cited security concerns in opposing Enyart’s request.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Blind Law Grad Sues Bar Exam Group, Seeks OK to Use Screen Reader”

ABAJournal.com: “Blind Law Grad Sues Over Bar Exam’s Human, Rather than Computer, Readers”

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