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There’s something about the Law School Admission Test that makes people litigious. Barely a week after a blind man filed suit alleging that the American Bar Association essentially requires a discriminatory test, a would-be LSAT taker with attention deficit disorder on Tuesday sued the Law School Admission Council, which administers the exam. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by Wesleyan University senior Meghan Larywon, claims that the council violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying her request for accommodations when taking the test. Larywon has twice asked that she be given double the standard time to complete the exam as well as 15-minute breaks between each of its sections, and has twice been denied those accommodations, according to the complaint. In addition to attention deficit disorder, Larywon has been diagnosed with a “processing speed disorder” that limits her ability to process written information. “Among other things, Ms. Larywon’s diagnosed disabilities prevent her from succeeding when success is measured by one’s ability to read and process visual information under time pressure,” the complaint reads. Larywon submitted supporting material from a neuropsychologist and another doctor. The complaint does not mention the reason the council gave for denying Larywon’s requests, and a spokeswoman declined to comment, saying that the organization had yet to see the complaint. Larywon is scheduled to take the LSAT on Monday, June 6. Her suit asks the court to issue an injunction requiring the council to allow her to take the test with her requested accommodations and secure her unscored test until the court resolves the matter. Larywon’s attorney, Lisa Eastwood of Eastwood, Scandariato & Steinberg in Saddle Brook, N.J., did not return calls for comment. The council has been sued at least five times during the past 10 years by test-takers seeking accommodations for physical or learning disabilities. Some advocates for the disabled have publicly criticized the council for not doing more to accommodate disabled test takers. In April, the council reached a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind to make its online law school application system more accessible to the visually impaired. According to the council’s Web site, the organization considers requests for accommodations on a case-by-case basis. “Depending on the nature of your condition, other accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the use of a reader, an amanuensis, a wheelchair-accessible test center, additional rest time between sections, or additional testing time,” the Web site reads. Last week’s lawsuit against the ABA takes a different approach. Plaintiff Angelo Binno alleges that the LSAT discriminates against the visually impaired because of its extensive use of diagrams. The suit targets the ABA, not the council, citing the association’s requirement that law schools use the test in their admissions process in order to be accredited. The ABA issued a written statement denying that it requires schools to use the LSAT but rather insists that schools must use a “valid and reliable test for law school admissions purposes.” That standard has been interpreted to mean the LSAT, although schools can apply for a waiver to use another standardized test, such as the SAT. The ABA stressed that it does not tell law schools how much weight to give LSAT scores. “The ABA believes that the LSAT does not unlawfully discriminate against person with disabilities,” the statement reads. Contact Karen Sloan at [email protected].

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