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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sue!

costello.jpgI’m one of the many who took the LSAT twice to see if I could improve upon my score. The first time I took it, I had an all-too infectious Elvis Costello song in my head when the test started, and of course, the first section was reading comprehension. It’s almost impossible to read coherently when you have “Watching the Detectives” jangling around in your brain. The second time I took it, I listened to classical music beforehand – and I scored 12 points higher on the exam. (Note to future law students out there: Leave the iPod at home.)

Of course, I didn’t sue the folks over at LSAC when the results of my first exam didn’t come back the way I’d have liked. Jonathon Love, however, felt that he was smarter than the 150 he got the first time, so he sued LSAC, claiming he had a learning disability that necessitated that he get 50 percent more time to take the exam.

Unfortunately for Love, a federal judge ruled against him, concluding that his mild form of Attention Deficit Disorder didn’t merit extra time. In fact, part of the ruling was based on Love’s IQ (110), which fell in line with his 150 LSAT score.

LSAC, however, does grant extra time to around 75 percent of applicants who ask for it in order to accommodate their learning disabilities. However, in this situation, LSAC felt that Love was simply trying to take advantage of the system. I was actually surprised by the 75 percent number, though; I wonder, in fact, if you can get extra time if you can prove that your brain is particularly receptive to pop music. I really could’ve used another 15 minutes during the games section.

Of course, if Love really wanted a higher score, he should’ve read The Secret.

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So, can I sue for being denied notice of the option of being diagnosed with a learning disorder and having more time? Maybe I could make a higher score and get into a better law school.

Kitty, come on now - you know that you can sue for anything! So climb on that horse and sue, sue away.