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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Kay

LSAT Accommodations

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

As a law school consultant, I am constantly amazed by the number of candidates with a documented disability who ask me: “Should I request accommodations on the LSAT?”

Out loud I respond, “ABSOLUTELY!” In my head I’m wondering, “Why in the world would you not?”

Perhaps you are reluctant to make the request due to shame from a missed or delayed diagnosis or maybe you’ve been told throughout your academic journey that you’re just not trying hard enough or that you’re lazy. Some of you believe that with gut and grit you can unilaterally even the playing field without the assistance of accommodations.

There seems to be something in the genetic makeup of those of us who desire to pursue a law degree. We are a driven, independent, determined, insightful, intelligent, linear thinking bunch of folks. And something in that molecular make-up does not lend itself to seeking help – even when it is very much deserved and warranted. But . . . a large part of what makes a successful, critically thinking law school student is the ability to use your resources. An accommodation, if applicable, is simply an additional resource that you are entitled to – legally and rightfully and legitimately.

So how do you go about making the request? LSAT accommodations are for those candidates with a medical disability or physical impairment that affects their ability to perform to the best of their ability on the LSAT. Your online LSAC account provides all the resources you need to request and obtain the accommodations. Examples of accommodated impairments include those with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, uncorrected vision impairments, and certain anxiety disorders.

Keep in mind you are asking for a different set of testing circumstances based upon a medically documented impairment. Your first step toward properly documenting your condition for LSAC review is to talk to your doctor or medical professional. Discuss your diagnosis, understand how it impacts your ability to take the LSAT and explain why certain accommodations are necessary in your situation. The LSAC request for accommodations will require updated medical documentation (at least within the past five years). The most recent the medical examination the better.

What types of accommodations are available? The LSAC reviews each request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis. There is no defined list of impairments that qualify for accommodation. Again, your online LSAC account sets forth detailed information on accommodations and the parameters of each.

Examples of accommodations include extra time, extra and/or extended breaks, a separate testing room, assistance with physical limitations, such as wheelchair level desk height and larger print versions for sight impaired test takers or even non-digital versions of the test. As of August 2023, most LSAT test takers will be given the option of taking the test at home, proctored by a live, remote proctor, or in person at a digital testing center. Whether you elect to test at home or in person, the examination itself is intensely stressful with four sections, which must be completed in 35 minutes with a short ten-minute break between the second and third sections. If you suffer from ADHD or some other disorder, which affects your ability to fully demonstrate your skills on a timed exam, then additional time to complete each section could be a game changer for you. Why not take advantage of this legitimate resource?

When should I request accommodations? It is important to note that the LSAC will not consider any requests for accommodations unless you have already registered to take the LSAT. First, gather all your paperwork evidencing your impairment. These documents will include an overview of your specific condition, a medical form signed by a licensed professional confirming your disability and your formal request for accommodations. Second, sign up to take the LSAT through your online LSAC account. Once you sign up to take the LSAT, submit the necessary paperwork as outlined on the LSAC website. Timely submission of your request and supporting documentation is critical. It typically takes two weeks to receive a decision. Confirm your accommodations, and on test day show up early to ensure your testing environment is consistent with what was granted by the LSAC.

Finally, remember, there is no shame or embarrassment in needing accommodations to perform to the best of your ability. Your request and resulting accommodations are confidential, and law schools will not be notified that you received accommodations on the LSAT.

For additional resources on the LSAC Policy on Accommodations for Test Takes with Disabilities:

(215) 966-6625

(855) 384-2253 (toll-free)

PO Box 8512

Newton, PA 18940-8512

I am available to answer any questions you may have on LSAT Accommodations and the law school admissions process. Contact me today!

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