ABA Says Law School Admission Tests Should Accommodate People with Disabilities

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – The _ is calling on entities that administer a law school admission test to provide appropriate accommodations for test takers with disabilities to best ensure that the exam results reflect what the exam is designed to measure and not the test taker’s disability.

The ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates, meeting on Feb. 6, also voted in Resolution 111 to urge all entities that administer, score, or report the results of a law school admission test to establish procedures to ensure that the application process, the scoring of the test, and the reporting of test scores is consistent for all applicants and does not differentiate on the basis that an applicant received an accommodation for a disability.

The resolution also calls on all entities that administer a law school admission test to:

  • Make readily accessible to applicants the policies, guidelines, and administrative procedures used for granting accommodations requested by those with disabilities;
  • Give notice to applicants, within a reasonable period of time, whether or not requested accommodations have been granted; and
  • Provide a fair process for timely reconsideration of the denial of requested accommodations.

Resolution 111 and the accompanying background report are available online here. The resolution’s main sponsor was the ABA Commission on Disability Rights.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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