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A college student with learning disabilities who sued the Law School Admission Council last week won’t get extra time on the Law School Admissions Test, a court has ruled. U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccette on Thursday denied Meghan Larywon’s request to compel the council, which administers the LSAT, to grant her double the standard time to complete the exam as well as 15-minute breaks between each of its sections during the administration of the test scheduled for today. Following a hearing in White Plains, N.Y., Briccette ruled that Larywon did not meet the legal standard for a temporary restraining order, said admission council General Counsel Joan Van Tol. Larywon, a senior at Wesleyan University, filed suit on May 30, alleging that the council violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying her requests for accommodations. According to her complaint, she twice requested extra time on the test, and twice was denied by the council. Larywon has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a “processing speed disorder” that limits her ability to absorb written information, especially when under time constraints, her complaint said. She asked the court to require the council to allow her sit for the exam with the accommodations and secure her unscored test until the courts could resolve the matter. Larywon’s attorney, Lisa Eastwood of Eastwood, Scandariato & Steinberg in Saddle Brook, N.J., did not return calls for comment. In its response to Larywon’s complaint, the council argued that a preliminary injunction or temporary retraining order was unnecessary because she has three more opportunities to take the LSAT before the 2012 admissions cycle ends. Additionally, Larywon failed to show that she has a substantial impairment under the ADA, the council wrote. “That documentation provided evidence of a candidate who, despite a diagnosis of ADHD and a processing speed disorder, had no formal accommodations in any academic setting before her senior year of college, who had scored in the 95th and 98th percentile on the SAT without accommodations, and whose objective data on tests were indicative of average or above average performance,” the council wrote. Larywon’s complaint said that she was on medication for her ADHD when she took the SAT in 2006, but stopped taking that medication when she was “unable to tolerate the adverse side effects.”

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