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Statement of ABA President James R. Silkenat re consent decree on LSAT and people with disabilities


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Statement of ABA President James R. Silkenat re consent decree on LSAT and people with disabilities

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, May 20, 2014 – A legal system cannot truly deliver justice if intentional or unintentional barriers prohibit the full participation of lawyers, judicial personnel and members of the public with disabilities. The American Bar Association has therefore long advocated for laws and policies to provide a range of accommodations in our legal institutions.

The admission exam process used by most U.S. law schools poses obstacles to the full participation of individuals with disabilities who hope to join the legal profession. If agreed to by the court, the consent decree with the Law School Admission Council, announced today by the Justice Department, will help ensure that our legal system is open to all by requiring several valuable reforms of the accommodations policies involving the Law School Admission Test.

Many of the finest members of the legal profession, past and present, have had disabilities. We look forward to a future that builds on this legacy and reflects the talents of all individuals in our diverse society.


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