Back in May, the Law School Admission Council entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice settling the federal ADA case brought against the LSAC on account of certain of its practices concerning test-takers seeking accommodations. See ABA Journal coverage of that case here. Under the Consent Decree in that case, the LSAC is required to implement the best practices established by a panel of agreed-upon experts. That panel has now issued its report (copy here), and LSAC has until February 26 to notify the court of any objections to these recommendations.
Four of the five members of the panel have posted an "Executive Summary" of the report (copy here). It includes this statement:
The Panel concludes that LSAC's documentation requirements were excessive for most candidates who seek testing accommodations on the LSAT and inconsistent with the documentation guidelines of other national testing entities. Further the Panel concluded that LSAC provides no guidance to its outside consultants who might be hired to assist with a review of a candidate's file. The Panel also concluded that LSAC has rejected requests for testing accommodations even in cases where there is a clear history of the existence of a disability and the provision of prior testing accommodations.
The best practices panel includes Professor Ruth Colker (Ohio State).