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LSAT discriminates against the visually impaired

Angelo Binno v.
The American Bar Association

Suit alleges that by pushing law schools to use the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in its accreditation rules, the ABA imposes an inequitable test requiring “spatial reasoning and the ability to diagram” that discriminates against blind and visually impaired students. The suit alleges that the ABA is thereby failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The suit also alleges that law schools are pressured by the ABA to administer the LSAT because if they waive the exam for visually impaired applicants they risk losing their status as an ABA-approved school. Thus, law schools could face sanctions, be put on probation or lose accreditation completely if they fail to comply by providing the LSAT.

This lawsuit hopes to change admission guidelines for disabled applications on a national basis. This case is currently at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the American Bar Association (ABA) on behalf of legally blind law school applicant Angelo Binno, a resident of West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Amended Complaint: Binno vs. American Bar Association

Plaintiff’s Brief in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

Michigan Attorney General’s Brief of Americus Curiae