LSATs should NOT disadvantage nursing mothers!
  • Petitioned Richard Schmalbeck

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Duke
Richard Schmalbeck
Arkansas (Finance & Legal Affairs Committee Chair)
Cyndi Nance
Wayne State
Ricardo Villarosa
North Carolina
Michael States
Washington University
Janet Bolin
Nova
Athornia Steele
Michigan
Christina Whitman
DePaul
Michael Burns
Nebraska (Chair, Board of Trustees)
Steven Willborn
Iowa
Carolyn Jones
Harvard (Services and Programs Committee Chair)
Cassandra Williams
Stanford
Faye Deal
Virginia (Past Board Chair)
Daniel Ortiz
Calgary
Ian Holloway
Richmond
Michelle Rahman
St. Mary’s (Chair Diversity Committee)
Reynaldo Valencia
Idaho (Audit Committee Chair)
John Miller
Louisiana State (Chair, Investment Committee)
Christopher Pietruszkiewicz
Tulane (Test Development & Research Committee Chair)
Susan Krinsky
CEO of LSAC
Dan Bernstein

LSATs should NOT disadvantage nursing mothers!

    1. Petition by

      American Civil Liberties Union

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June 2012

Victory

From the LSAC: At its June 1, 2012 meeting, the LSAC Board of Trustees adopted a new policy that will make it easier for some nursing mothers to sit for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT®). The policy makes it possible for a test-taker with a documented need for a lactation-related modification in the administration of the LSAT—such as extended or additional breaks—to request a modification for up to one year following the birth of her child. The request must be made in writing addressed to LSAC Test Administration by the regular registration deadline associated with the LSAT administration for which the test taker is registered. LSAC’s decisions on such requests will be made on a case-by-case basis. Read more here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/announcements-and-news.asp#.T9-fR6JItL8.twitter

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!

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    • Robert Singleton TULSA, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      Nursing mothers have a need that is natural and legitimate. Good policy is policy that does what is best for babies, children, and by extension nursing mothers. The risk of nursing mothers cheating is extremely slim compared to the needs of the overwhelming majority of nursing moms who will not cheat. That's probably about 99.9 to 100% of them. It is worth the risk. Nobody becomes a lactating mom just to get into law school more easily or just to cheat on the LSAT! That really would not be worth the trouble, now would it?

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    • Inez Sylvester BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Every child should have the right to its mother's milk.

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    • Nancy Fomenko CAMPBELL, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'll bet those at LSAC cannot multi-task, and cannot imagine an alternative fair way to include all potential candidates.... or is this just another way to control women's sexuality?

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    • Rebecca Browne DECATUR, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Its boob milk! If they want to pump and take a test let them!

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    • Jeanne Chase FORT MILL, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      This is just common sense!

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