Online law school applications to be accessible for the blind

The Justice Department says online law school applications will be more accessible to blind students in time for fall 2012 admissions.

Online law school applications soon will be useable by the blind under a court settlement obtained by the federal Justice Department.

The National Federation of the Blind had sued the Law School Admission Council, complaining that its online application service used by laws schools across the country wasn’t compatible with screen readers that blind persons use to navigate the internet.

The Justice Department got involved and announced April 26 that a settlement had been reached that will make the applications accessible for fall 2012 admissions.

The department also reached a related agreement with Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School to modify its own website to let applicants know how to apply by telephone before the council’s online application becomes fully accessible.

The department is working with other law schools to reach similar agreements.

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