Testing for Total Inaccessibility in Examinations Under the ADA

A Case Study of Logic Games

In 2011, Angelo Binno filed suit against the American Bar Association, alleging that the so-called “logic games” portion of the LSAT was discriminatory against blind test takers under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Binno specifically argued that because the logic games require spatial reasoning and diagramming visual information, it is much more difficult for blind individuals to succeed on a test that has become a de facto requirement for admission to accredited law schools.

This Note first examines the requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act for the administrators of tests like the LSAT. It discusses the various sections of the LSAT in detail, examining the logic games in light of recent studies of spatial reasoning in blind individuals. It then explores current court treatment of inaccessibility in testing, arguing that available accommodations are inadequate in aiding blind test takers on the LSAT’s logic games. This Note finally explores potential remedies and ultimately recommends a prima facie framework for courts to address issues of total inaccessibility.

The full text of this Note is available to download as a PDF.