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US settles case over law school admissions tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The organization that administers the Law School Admission Test has agreed to pay roughly $7.7 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against students who sought extra time to take the exam.

Under an agreement with the Justice Department, the Law School Admission Council has also agreed to stop flagging score reports of students who took the test untimed to accommodate learning disabilities.

The payment will compensate more than 6,000 students who applied for the testing accommodations.

LSAC said in a statement that it decided to settle because it didn’t make sense to fight it in court. The council said the Justice Department had long been aware of its practices but only decided to force a change in 2012, when it intervened in a lawsuit brought by test takers.

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