FACT CHECK: Does The LSAT Registration Form List A Dozen Different Gender Options?
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The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) account registration form lists 11 specific gender options and an option to write in another gender identity.
The LSAC, the organization that administers the LSAT, requires people to create an LSAC account before registering for the test. After taking the LSAT, law school hopefuls can apply to schools online with their LSAC account.
In addition to man and woman, the LSAC account registration form lists “transgender man,” “non-transgender man,” “transgender woman” and “non-transgender woman.”
It provides four non-binary gender options: “agender,” for those who see themselves as having no gender identity; “androgyne,” a gender identity that is both masculine and feminine; “demigender,” or people who feel a partial connection to a particular gender identity; and “genderqueer or gender fluid,” for those whose gender changes over time.
Those who register can also indicate that they are “questioning or unsure,” write in their own gender category or identity, or that they “prefer not to answer.” Users can select all gender identities that apply.
It is unclear when the LSAC added gender options other than “man” or “woman” to its account registration form. The organization did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The organization does report statistics about law school applicants by sex: male, female or not indicated. Old reports used the term “gender” rather than “sex” to describe these categories. One report said that test-takers who did not indicate their gender had the highest mean LSAT score over the seven testing years from 2007 to 2014.
The LSAC online account portal lets users answer optional questions about their sexual orientation and pronoun choice to “improve LSAC’s services and programs for all law school candidates.” It states that the answers to those questions are not included on LSAT score reports or law school applications.
The portal lists nine specific options for sexual orientation: asexual, bisexual, gay, heterosexual/straight, lesbian, queer, questioning or unsure, pansexual (attracted to people regardless of biological sex) and same-gender loving (historically used in the black community). It lets users indicate that they prefer “he/his/his,” “she/her/hers” or “they/their/theirs” pronouns. Users can also write in their own gender identity and pronouns or say that they prefer not to answer.
LSAC data shows that 58,000 people have applied to law schools for the 2018-2019 academic year so far, up 8.1 percent from the previous year.
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