Settlements Reached to Make Online Law School Application Process Accessible to Blind

May 5, 2011

Two related settlement agreements aim to make the online law school application process more accessible to the blind.

In one agreement, the Law School Admissions Council has agreed to make accessible to the blind its online application website, which is used by almost all American law schools, The National Law Journal reports.  

The agreement is part of a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind, with help from the Department of Justice in ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit had alleged that the previous process for blind applicants — calling LSAC during regular business hours for phone assistance  — did not provide blind applicants with an equal opportunity to apply to law school.

The DOJ also entered into a separate settlement agreement with Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. The agreement provides that the law school will post a procedure for blind applicants, and that the law school will stop using the LSAC application process if LSAC’s online application is not fully accessible by fall 2012, according to a DOJ media release.

The DOJ is working with other law schools to reach similar agreements.