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Accommodations not provided by Law School Admission Council

September 7, 2012

Academic accommodations for examinations (SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) can be obtained with appropriate documentation. However, in recent years it has been my experience that testing agencies have been much more stringent in the documentation evidence for ADHD. Sometimes the requirements are simply outside the bounds of  research evidence-like requiring neuropsychological testing to establish the ADHD diagnosis and impairment. Diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of ADHD does not require such testing. In fact, the reliability of testing findings to establish ADHD is poorly correlated.

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against the Law School Admission Council over this issue. The following text was posted today by the Department of Justice.

“The Justice Department announced yesterday that it seeks to intervene in a class action lawsuit against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in federal court in San Francisco to remedy violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The department’s proposed complaint in intervention in the lawsuit, The Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. LSAC, Inc., et al., alleges LSAC’s practices of routinely denying needed testing accommodations and flagging test scores achieved with certain testing accommodations violates the ADA. 

 People interested in finding out more about the ADA and the Department’s recent motion to intervene and proposed complaint in the LSAC lawsuit can access the ADA website at http://www.ADA.gov or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).”

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