Accommodations for people with disabilities

Substantial changes in the process for requesting accommodated testing for the LSAT went into effect in 2014, and some may expire in 2018. 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 resulted in substantial changes in the process for requesting accommodated testing. By its terms, the consent decree expires in May 2018. When we know what, if any, changes LSAC will make in its accommodations process after the expiration of the consent decree, we will post the updates here.

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.

You can find the current LSAC accommodations request procedures here. While the deadlines for requests are the same as those for regular test registrations, it is strongly recommended that you register and make your request as early as possible, in case there are any unexpected difficulties with the request. As a general rule, you should expect to receive similar accommodations to those you have received on prior standardized tests. If you have never received accommodated testing before, you will need to present evidence of your disability as well as supporting documentation regarding your need for the specific accommodations requested.

LSAC will not disclose to the law schools that your test was taken under accommodated circumstances; the schools will see the same report they see from students who did not receive accommodations.

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.)