In May 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) entered into a consent decree with the Law School Admission Council (“LSAC”) regarding their practices regarding test accommodation requests on the LSAT. Under this consent decree, they agreed to stop flagging test scores taken under conditions of accommodation, created a $7.73 million compensation fund for previous test takers not granted accommodations, agreed to some streamlined changes in their accommodation process, and agreed to implement additional best practices recommended by a five-person panel of experts.
DOJ/DFEH chose two members of the expert panel, LSAC chose two members and those four members chose the fifth member from a list created by DOJ/DFEH. The panel of experts issued its report on January 26, 2015. Those recommendations automatically go into effect unless one of the parties notifies the other parties that it plans to challenge some of these recommendations.
This executive summary summarizes the panel’s recommendations. The recommendations were fully supported by 4 of 5 panel members, including one panel member chosen by LSAC.
As one of the five panel members, I hope you agree that our recommendations are sound and appropriate, and should be implemented as soon as possible. You might want to consider speaking to a member of the LSAC Board or LSAC Executive Director Daniel Bernstine about your support for our recommendations.