The Law School Admissions Council, the organization that administers the LSAT, has a blanket policy of denying all requests for accommodation from nursing mothers who need to pump breast milk during the exam. Without the ability to pump, nursing women will be in increasing discomfort and even pain as the test progresses—causing a serious distraction that could impact their test scores. Not pumping when you need to can also pose significant health risks.
Nursing mothers should not have to choose between feeding their babies and applying to law school. And they should not have to subject themselves to distracting pain and potential health risks simply to take a required admissions test.
Tell the Law School Admissions Council that it needs to change its discriminatory policy and allow nursing moms to take the test on equal footing!
- Virginia (Past Board Chair)
- St. Mary’s (Chair Diversity Committee)
- Idaho (Audit Committee Chair)
- Louisiana State (Chair, Investment Committee)
- Tulane (Test Development & Research Committee Chair)
- Harvard (Services and Programs Committee Chair)
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- Nebraska (Chair, Board of Trustees)
- CEO of LSAC
I am writing to ask that you change the Law School Admissions Council's policy of categorically refusing accommodations for breast feeding women during the LSAT. This policy ignores nursing mothers' physical needs puts them at a significant disadvantage in taking the test.
Nursing mothers need to express milk every two to three hours when they are not with their babies; not doing so can cause pain, possible infection, and reduction in milk supply. Without the ability to pump during the LSAT, these women will become increasingly uncomfortable as the test progresses, which poses serious health risks and could impact their test scores.
Because the LSAT is one of the key gateways to law school admission, this policy creates a barrier to women's entry into the entire legal profession. Nursing mothers should not have to choose between feeding their babies and applying to law school. And they should not have to subject themselves to distracting pain and potential health risks simply to take a required admissions test.
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