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Law Schools Give Blind Applicants Better Access

(CN) - In resolution of lawsuits by the National Federation of the Blind, the Law School Admission Council announced Tuesday that it will make its online application processes more accessible to blind people.

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, which was sued separately over a year after the February 2009 suit against the admission council, also settled Tuesday.

Many law schools use the admissions council's website, lsac.org, as the primary means by which students can apply for enrollment. Under the terms of the settlement, the website will be fully accessible for blind law school applicants by the beginning of the fall 2012 registration period.

In the second agreement, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School said it would inform online applicants that free phone assistance is available and will post its nondiscrimination policy on its website.

If John Marshall does not modify its website to be fully accessible to blind applicants, it will stop using the electronic application process for the fall of 2012.

The Justice Department says it is working with other law schools to reach similar agreements.

"Increased use of the Internet or other electronic technologies may enhance convenience for law schools and applicants alike, but the rights of individuals with disabilities may not be violated in the process," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in a statement.

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