Accommodations for people with disabilities

Substantial changes in the process for requesting accommodated testing for the LSAT will go into effect later in 2014. Stay tuned for more information.

NOTE: On May 20, 2014, LSAC entered into a settlement with the US Department of Justice and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which will result in substantial changes in the process for requesting accommodated testing. These changes should go into effect beginning with the September 2014 LSAT. You can find a summary of the changes here. This page will be updated with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Disabled students can and do become successful lawyers. LSAC will accommodate students who cannot take the LSAT at the regularly scheduled testing times or under their usual testing conditions. For instance, you can apply to take the test with additional time, if you can document your needs. However, there are additional concerns for students seeking accommodations should take into account, including how it might affect your law school applications.  You should speak to the pre-law advisor to discuss these further before seeking a testing accommodation.

You can get an Accommodations Request Packet from LSAC’s Accommodations website. Depending on the type of accommodation you require, it may be necessary to submit the results of a recent psychoeducational or neuropsychological battery of tests. This can be a lengthy process so be sure to start at least six months prior to the test date. The Pre-Law Advising Office can help you with the process.

For more information and support, the Pre-Law Advising Office recommends the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD).  In particular, NALSWD has produced a guide to law school applications for students with disabilities which should be available again soon from the group’s resource page.  (Looking ahead, the American Bar Association has recently developed a compilation of resources for disabled bar applicants as well.)