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North Dakota Law School Beats Bipolar Applicant’s ADA Appeal

March 27, 2020, 9:43 PM

The University of North Dakota School of Law prevailed Friday in an appeal brought by an applicant who said he was denied admission because of his mental illness, because the applicant failed to show the school’s explanation was pretext for discrimination, the Eighth Circuit said.

Padraic Power applied to UND Law in July 2015 and disclosed his bipolar disorder during the application process. He cited his disorder as the reason he withdrew from his two previous law school enrollments.

Power’s application was rejected regardless, because the school didn’t think he was likely to complete the program and pass the bar,...

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