Accommodations for people with disabilities

The LSAC accommodations procedures currently in effect are pursuant to a consent decree that extends until at least May 2020.

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. The consent decree was set to expire in May 2018, but in March 2018, LSAC was held in contempt of the decree and, as a result, it was extended for two additional years, until May 2020. Accordingly, current accommodation requests are considered pursuant to the terms of the decree.

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.

The American Bar Association has a growing number of resources available on its website for applicants, law students, and lawyers with disabilities.