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ARGEN v. NEW YORK STATE BD. OF LAW EXAMINERS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


August 11, 1994

RALPH J. ARGEN, III, Plaintiff,
v.
NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS, Defendant.

Carol E. Heckman, United States Magistrate Judge

The opinion of the court was delivered by: CAROL E. HECKMAN

DECISION AND ORDER

The parties have consented to try the case before the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(c). A non-jury trial was held on July 6 through 8 and August 8, 1994. The following constitutes the court's findings of fact and conclusions of law.

 FINDINGS OF FACT

 The plaintiff, Ralph J. Argen, III, resides in Amherst, New York. The defendant, the New York State Board of Law Examiners (the "Board"), is an instrumentality of the State of New York. It prepares and administers the New York State Bar Examination, the professional licensing examination required for admission to practice law in the State of New York.

 Plaintiff is a 1993 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1981 (in geology and numerical geology), a Master of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988 (in logic), and a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 (in ethics and environmental ethics). Plaintiff has completed his coursework at the State University of New York at Buffalo for a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy, and expects to receive this degree in September of 1994 after defense of his dissertation. Plaintiff took the Law School Admissions test (LSAT), without special accommodations, on three separate occasions. His scores were as follows: Date Score Percentile February 1986 16 6% October 1987 21 15% October 1988 22 18%

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