The Bar Exam

The majority of Springboard’s clients are global corporations or national and federal agencies that have in-house council.

I wonder how our clients would feel if they knew they were potentially missing out on top legal talent just because the prospective employee, who happened to be disabled, was not granted an accommodation that would allow her to “fairly” take the bar exam?

I ask this question because on February 23rd of this year, a San Francisco, California, law student who is blind will use a computer-assisted reading device (the accommodation), to take the bar exam.

This comes only after a federal judge made a ruling, rejecting the examiners' arguments that the assistance was too generous and might let someone steal the test questions. The typical accommodation for applicants who are blind or visually impaired, is a pencil-and-paper test with questions displayed on an enlarged screen, a human reader and twice the usual three-day testing period.

The judge in this case said, “"A disability should not prevent an individual from pursuing their dream, if that's what it is, of practicing law". Thank goodness for a very smart judge.