bazinga wrote:There's this law.... it's called the Americans With Disabilities Act...
If someone has a legitimate disability (which has to be proven medically) and goes through all of the necessary paperwork with the university (which at most schools includes an evaluation by a psychiatrist as well as an office especially for students with disabilities), they're going to get an accommodation.
Im not saying that the person who has ADD and has done well without medications/accommodations is guaranteed the extra time on tests because there is a wide range of severity in the disorder. And schools/LSAC make sure that only those that truly need it get it. I have ADD and never used medication or extra time, but I know of others that need it in order to get sub average grades. Who am I to deny someone that 1. the university feels they need or 2. the US feels they need? Im sorry, but its annoying when people who obviously never experienced academic hardship makes those that have feel guilty for just pursuing something that might help them. Why are people so threatened about people with a disadvantage being given an opportunity to be in the same playing field as everyone else? Its the same type of people that might look at a URM in their class and think ''they dont deserve to be here''
OP your friend should try to get accommodations, but I dont she will get them.
So at what point does a "mental disability" stop being a "mental disability" and become simply "not being as smart as other people"? i really don't get it. If you need extra time on a test, then you are slow. It doesn't matter whether you are slow because of "ADD" or mental retardation. Maybe we should give people with low IQs extra time on the test to "even the playing field". I just don't see what benefit there is to giving people with learning disabilities extra accomodations. They aren't going to be accomodated in the real world, so why should they on the LSAT and in Law school? What use is an LSAT score and/or GPA that was not created under the same conditions as everyone else? If a person with a low IQ gets a 180 on the lsat because he's allowed twice the time on each section, He's still unintelligent regardless of what his LSAT score says. In the same way, someone who gets extra time on a test due to ADD is not able to perform well under normal conditions. How will he he survive in the real world? I'm sorry but if someone needs extra time in college to make sub-average grades, maybe they shouldn't be in college.