January 10, 2013
LSAC Sues California Over Reporting LSAT Takers With Time Accommodations
The Law School Admissions Council is suing the State of California over a new law that prohibits the the Council from informing law schools of applicants who have received extra time to take the LSAT. The Council complains that the law, which went into effect on January 1st , violates free speech rights and does not apply to other testing agencies. Violations trigger a $750 fine. The Council states that its research shows that the scores those who receive extra time were not comparable to those individuals who did not. Only those who receive extra time are flagged. Those who receive other accommodations are not reported.
I can’t say whether the Council’s suit has merit or not. I know that it has had trouble with allowing variations on LSAT tests to the point where the U.S. government has filed suit against it for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The most recent complaint by the Justice Department, which includes the flagging issue, is here. The Council seems to take a “barbarians at the gate” attitude whenever its practices are questioned. More details on the California suit are in the National Law Journal. [MG]