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Good Luck with Law School

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By her own admission, Joan Hoyt, 61, of St. Louis, has difficulty writing, is easily distracted, needs frequent breaks and "reads about two-and-a-half times slower than her peers" — yet wants to be a lawyer. She filed a lawsuit recently against the Law School Admission Council for special accommodations to take the standardized admissions test after the council offered to grant her "only" 156 extra minutes for the exam. She also demanded a room by herself with a "white noise" machine and the ability to bring a computer, food and drinks to the exam. (States have made similar accommodations for bar exams — but those applicants have already successfully endured the intellectual rigors of law school.)

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