LSAC Policy on Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities

LSAC is committed to assisting disabled candidates with requests for accommodations needed to take the LSAT® and LSAT Writing®. Please review all information on this page, including the instructions provided at the following links:

It is important to review this information carefully and check this website often for any updates.

Please note: Candidates with a previously approved LSAT accommodation will be automatically approved to receive the same or equivalent accommodation on future LSATs. If you have been previously approved for an LSAT accommodation, please review the Policy for Individuals Previously Approved to Receive Accommodations on the LSAT.

How to Request Accommodations on the LSAT

Most requests for test accommodations must now be submitted online within your LSAC account. All information related to your request can be completed online, and all required documents can be uploaded and submitted electronically, through your account. Please contact us if you have any questions about submitting your request online.

This is important. If you have been previously approved for an LSAT accommodation, you will not be able to submit requests for new or additional accommodations through your online account. These additional requests should be submitted by email to accom@LSAC.org by the accommodation request deadline associated with your test.

To make your online request:

  1. You must already be registered for the LSAT test date for which you wish to request testing accommodations. You will not be able to begin the online accommodations request process until you are registered to take the test for which you wish to request testing accommodations.
  2. Access the online request form by activating the “Request Accommodations” link in your LSAC account. You can find this link under “LSAT” in your account’s menu system.

    LSAC online account My Home screen. The “LSAT” submenu is expanded in the main navigation. The “Request Accommodations” link is listed in this submenu.

  3. The online “Request Accommodations” form will guide you through the process of submitting all required information and documentation. If you are not able to complete your request in one session, you can save your progress and continue the request process later. However, you must submit your completed request by the Accommodations Request deadline listed on the LSAT Dates, Deadlines, and Score Release Dates page.

    With regard to uploading documents, please note:

    • All uploaded documentation should be typed
    • Accepted file formats include: jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docx, rtf, htm, html, txt
    • Maximum file size per document = 10 MB
    • Please do not upload the same document more than once

About the Test Format

LSAT (starting August 2021)

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, LSAC will continue to deliver the LSAT in an online, live remote-proctored format. Starting with the August administration, the LSAT will continue to have three scored sections — logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension — and will also include a fourth, unscored variable section as was our pre-COVID practice. The inclusion of the fourth, unscored variable section will allow us to once again validate new test questions for future use and ensure that they are free from any form of bias. Also starting in August, the LSAT will include a 10-minute intermission for all test takers between the second and third sections.

Notably, the LSAT will continue to be delivered in an online, live remote-proctored format through June 2022.

Although alternate formats (e.g., paper-and-pencil, braille) are available as testing accommodations for the online, live remote-proctored test, all LSAT takers (including those approved for a paper-based format) will need to use their computer to set up the online, live remote-proctored session using a camera and microphone with the test taker’s computer. All timing of the test will also be implemented with the computer.

The LSAT test delivery software includes several built-in user-adjustable tools, including a zoom button to increase text size incrementally and a line spacing function. If you wish to familiarize yourself with the built-in features of the computer-based LSAT, we recommend that you utilize the free Official LSAT Prep® practice tests available through our website.

To safeguard the security of test content, selectable text functionality (i.e., the ability to select text or place the cursor on the screen) is not available on the LSAT or with practice tests available through LSAC’s LawHub.

Therefore, the computer-based LSAT is accessible with screen reader software programs that can be controlled and navigated using keystrokes and keyboard commands rather than the mouse and cursor. If you use screen reader programs or software, please be sure to explore LSAT prior to the test date. The LSAT is a high-stakes test, and we want to ensure that all test takers are familiar with the functionality of any accessibility software or programs prior to the date of the exam. Therefore, we recommend test takers use their equipment and familiarize themselves with the LSAT interface in advance of the test by using the free Official LSAT Prep practice tests available on LSAC LawHub®. The practice test software is designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to explore the actual test-day experience with the LSAT. If you require any assistance, please contact accessibility@LSAC.org

We encourage test takers to familiarize themselves with the list of personal items that are permissible during the LSAT administration without prior approval from the LSAC. These items can be found in the LSAC Candidate Agreement. Notably, all LSAT takers are permitted to use soft foam earplugs (non-electronic, non-corded/banded, and generic foam earplugs) throughout the duration of the test.

For a non-exhaustive list of testing accommodations that may be available, please visit Accommodations That May Be Available on the LSAT.

LSAT Writing

The unscored LSAT Writing is an essential part of the LSAT and will continue to be administered separately from the multiple-choice sections of the test. For more information, please review the About LSAT Writing page.

Accommodation Decisions

Persons with disabilities seeking testing accommodations must submit their request for testing accommodations together with all supporting documentation by the stated registration deadline to be considered for testing accommodations. Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will respond to each request for testing accommodations within 14 business days. If your request is not approved in full, a decision letter will be posted to your online account that explains the rationale for LSAC’s decision. You will have two (2) business days after this letter is posted to your online account to notify LSAC if you intend to appeal. You will have four (4) calendar days after the letter is posted to your online account to submit an appeal to LSAC. If you appeal, the result of the appeal will be provided within one week of the submission of the appeal, barring unforeseen circumstances.

LSAC encourages you to submit your request and all required documentation well in advance of registration deadlines. This may facilitate your advanced planning and preparation for the test.

This is important. If you are approved to receive accommodations, please be assured that the details of your approved accommodations will be provided directly to ProctorU and your remote test proctor. It is not necessary for you to contact ProctorU in advance of your LSAT appointment to confirm their receipt of your approved accommodations.

Additional Considerations

Test takers who receive accommodations on the LSAT are subject to the same policies as all other test takers, as specified in the LSAC Candidate Agreement.

If you need a modification of any of the policies related to the administration of the test due to a disability, you MUST seek an accommodation prior to the accommodation request deadline.

LSAC reserves the right to make the final judgment regarding testing accommodations. If your request for accommodations is denied or late, you will remain registered to test under standard conditions. 

FAQs about Requesting Testing Accommodations

What must I submit in order for my request for accommodation to be reviewed?

All new requests for test accommodations must be submitted through your LSAC account. The online form will guide you through the process of providing all required information and documentation. To learn more about the documentation needed to complete your request, please visit Documentation Requirements.

LSAC does not return or provide copies of documentation. You should retain copies of all documents submitted, for your own records.

Do I have to submit a new request for accommodations if I was granted accommodations on a prior administration of the LSAT/LSAT-Flex and am seeking the same accommodations on a future test?

No, subject to the exception noted below (See Exception to This Policy). Candidates are automatically approved to receive the same accommodations they were approved to receive on their last administration of the LSAT upon timely registration for the exam, without having to submit a request for accommodations.  No supporting documentation is required from these candidates. An approval letter will be posted to the candidate’s online account.

If your last administration of the LSAT occurred before the transition to digital and/or online remote testing, your previously approved accommodations will be adjusted to provide equivalent accommodations for the new testing environment. LSAC will provide notice of any equivalent accommodations granted within the approval letter posted to your online account. 

If you have any questions about automatically approved accommodations, please contact an LSAC Accommodated Testing Customer Relations Specialist by phone at 215.966.6625 or 855.384.2253 (toll-free) or email at accom@LSAC.org.

This is important. This automatic approval policy only applies with respect to accommodations previously approved for the LSAT/LSAT-Flex. However, there is also a streamlined process and approval procedure for candidates who were previously approved to receive testing accommodations on certain other standardized postsecondary admission tests. Candidates who wish to request accommodations on the LSAT based on documentation of their receipt of accommodations on certain other standardized tests should review LSAC’s Policy on Prior Testing Accommodations on Certain Other Standardized Postsecondary Admission Tests and submit the required documentation within the published deadlines.

Exception to This Policy

If your last LSAT was more than five years before your current test registration date, LSAC may no longer have data or records related to your approved accommodations on that test. If for any reason you do not see an approval letter posted to your LSAC.org account within one week of registering, please contact LSAC immediately by phone at 215.966.6625 or 855.384.2253 (toll-free) or email at accom@LSAC.org. If LSAC no longer has data relating to your prior request and approval, it will be your responsibility to provide LSAC with acceptable documentation that 1) shows that testing accommodations were previously approved on the LSAT and 2) specifically identifies what those approved accommodations were. Please visit Documentation Requirements for a complete description of this policy.

When is the deadline for submitting documentation for an accommodation request?

Please refer to LSAT Dates, Deadlines & Score Release Dates for specific details about test dates and deadlines for the LSAT. The accommodation request deadline is always the same as the test registration deadline for any given administration of the LSAT. All new requests and supporting documentation must be submitted by the stated accommodation request deadline to be considered for that administration of the test. Documentation will not be processed if it is not received on time. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

Note that the online “Request Accommodations” system will not accept submissions for a given administration after the deadline has passed. Requests that are submitted to Accommodated Testing by email must be received in LSAC’s office by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the deadline day associated with your LSAT registration.

Will LSAC confirm receipt of my documentation?

Information on the status of your accommodation request will be posted on your LSAC.org account under LSAT Status. In most cases, confirmation of receipt of documentation will be noted on your account approximately 5 business days after LSAC receives your documentation.

If you have been previously approved for accommodations on the LSAT and are required to submit your request by email, the Accommodated Testing email system will automatically confirm receipt of your emailed request.

I need to have medication or a medical device with me during the test. Do I need to submit a request for testing accommodations?

If you have a medical need for one or more of the following personal medical items during your test, you do NOT need to make a request or submit documentation to LSAC for approval. These items are permitted for all test takers during the test without prior authorization: eyeglasses, hearing aids, medication (e.g., pills, inhaler, insulin/glucose tablets, eye drops), heart monitor, arm or shoulder sling, cast, brace, cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, insulin pump/glucometer/diabetic supplies, TENS unit, service animal (not comfort animal).

FAQs about Previously Approved LSAT Accommodations

I was approved for testing accommodations for an in-person LSAT before the COVID-19 pandemic. Will I still get those same accommodations for the online, live remote-proctored LSAT?

Pursuant to LSAC’s automatic approval policy, when you register for the LSAT, you will be automatically approved to receive the same or equivalent accommodations that you previously were approved to receive on your last administration of the LSAT/LSAT-Flex. You do not need to submit a new request or supporting documentation. Notably, some previously approved accommodations will need to be adjusted to provide equivalent accommodations for the new, online, remotely-proctored testing format and environment. For example, previously approved accommodations related to the testing room or test center conditions (e.g., private or distraction-reduced room, specific lighting or seating, location near restroom, etc.), would no longer be applicable to the online, remote environment of the current test format. There are also several types of personal items which may have previously been considered testing accommodations that are now permitted for all test takers without prior approval. These include (but may not be limited to) ear plugs, all types of writing instruments (e.g., pens, mechanical pencils, markers, etc.), medication/medical supplies, and beverages. LSAC will provide notice of any equivalent accommodations granted within the approval letter posted to the candidate’s online account. 

LSAC is committed to working with test takers with disabilities to see that their accommodation needs are met in order to access the test. If you have any questions regarding your accommodations in the context of the online, live remotely-proctored LSAT, please contact LSAC at accom@LSAC.org or 855.384.2253.

I was approved for LSAT testing accommodations when the LSAT writing sample was delivered in a paper-and-pencil format. How will my previous accommodations apply to LSAT Writing?

Candidates will be automatically approved to receive their previously approved LSAT accommodations that are relevant to the current format and delivery of LSAT Writing, such as extra time on the writing sample. Further information is available regarding the use of special equipment to read and/or enter text for LSAT Writing.

I was approved for an alternate paper-based format as a testing accommodation on a prior LSAT. How will my previous accommodations apply to the online, live remote-proctored test?

Candidates who were previously approved to receive a regular-print or large-print test book (e.g., 18-point font or higher) as a testing accommodation will continue to be automatically approved to receive a regular- or large-print test book administered with a paper-and-pencil test format. Candidates are encouraged to contact LSAC if they prefer to take the LSAT online (given, among other things, the built-in functionalities of the online format, including the ability to increase the font size and line spacing).

FAQs about Accommodation Decisions

How long will it take for LSAC to respond to my request for accommodation or to inquiries about my request?

Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will review and process your request for test accommodations and post a decision letter to your online account within 14 business days.
 
General email inquiries sent to accom@LSAC.org will be responded to within 1-2 business days. If you need immediate assistance for a general inquiry, please call Accommodated Testing at 855.384.2253 and a customer relationship specialist will be happy to assist you. Call center hours are Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET.

FAQs about Preparing for Test Day

Do I need to contact ProctorU to tell them I have accommodations? How will the proctor know what my accommodations are?

It is not necessary for you to contact ProctorU in advance of your test appointment to confirm receipt of your approved accommodations. The details of approved accommodations for all test takers are provided to ProctorU directly by LSAC. Further, the approved section or break timing for your test is built-into the LawHub computer software that is used for all remotely proctored test takers (including those with paper-and-pencil or braille format). Please be aware that LSAC is no longer issuing separate “confirmation letters” for approved accommodations. 

What if I don’t have a private and/or quiet room in which to take the test due to my personal living situation during the COVID-19 emergency?

LSAC understands that some candidates may not have access to a quiet or private room in which to take a remotely proctored test, particularly during this time of disruption and social distancing due to the COVID-19 emergency. Assistance with a quiet or private room is available for all test takers, without having to request disability-related accommodations. Any candidate planning to take the remotely proctored LSAT who needs assistance with a quiet or private room in which to test must make note of their situation via the form in their LSAC online account by the Assistance Request deadline established for each test administration, so that we may work with them to try to address their needs.

Are breaks available as an accommodation on the online, live remote-proctored LSAT and, if so, are test takers allowed to leave the camera view to use the restroom?

Yes. Additional section breaks (in-between test sections) and stop-the-clock breaks are both available as accommodations on the LSAT. If breaks are approved as an accommodation (for any reason), they may be used to leave the camera view and go to the restroom. Note that scratch paper or other materials must remain on the desk and test takers are not permitted to work on the test during breaks. Upon return from a break, test takers should be prepared to show their photo ID and complete a full room scan again just like at the beginning of the test.

I have been approved for accommodations that will make my test appointment much longer than the standard administration. Am I going to be able to take a break at some point during the test?

Beginning in August 2021, the standard administration of the four-section LSAT includes a 10-minute intermission after section 2. However, LSAC understands that accommodated test takers often have a longer testing appointment and therefore may have a greater need for more opportunity to take breaks between sections of the test. Therefore, any test taker who has been approved for 100% additional time (or more), or who is taking the LSAT in a paper-and-pencil or braille format (which may be a longer administration due to the need to open/repackage testing materials), will be granted five-minute breaks between the other test sections upon request (i.e., after sections 1 and 3; in addition to the standard 10-minute intermission after section 2). Requests for these additional 5-minute breaks must be made by the published accommodation request deadline. Test takers can use these breaks to use the restroom even if the need for a restroom break is unrelated to the test taker’s disability. Candidates can still request other break(s) as accommodations on the LSAT and are not limited to five-minute breaks between sections.

I have been approved for stop/start breaks. How can I make sure that my proctor adds the allowed extra minute to the Time Remaining clock after each break?

All section and break timing for the online, live remotely-proctored LSAT is implemented through LawHub (for both computer-based and paper-based or braille formats). Test takers who are approved for stop/start breaks as an accommodation will have a pause button on their computer screen. When the pause button is clicked, one minute of time will be automatically added to the Time Remaining clock. This timing is built into the LawHub software and does not require any proctor intervention.

I am approved for a paper-and-pencil (or braille) format LSAT. How does that work for the online, live remote-proctored test?

All remotely proctored LSAT takers (including those approved for a paper-and-pencil or braille format) will need to use their computer throughout testing to allow for the test to be live-proctored remotely. Live remote-proctoring requires the use of the test taker’s computer, web camera, and microphone throughout the test. The computer will also be used to implement the timing for all parts of the test. The paper-and-pencil or braille format test materials will be securely shipped to you just prior to your scheduled LSAT test appointment. LSAC will contact all paper-and-pencil and braille test takers ahead of the test administration to verify their current shipping address. Detailed instructions regarding the rules, policies, and procedures for the use and security of the test materials will be included with the shipment and will also be sent to test takers by email prior to the test date. Pre-paid packaging will be provided for returning the materials securely to LSAC following completion of the test. 

FAQs about LSAT Scoring

How are accommodated scores reported to law schools?

Please note that LSAC does not annotate the score reports of individuals with disabilities who take the LSAT with testing accommodations, including the accommodation of extended testing time. All accommodated scores are reported in the same manner as non-accommodated scores. 

Further, LSAC does not notify or communicate to law schools that a candidate has requested or tested with accommodations.

How to Reach Accommodated Testing

Email: accom@LSAC.org (please include your name and LSAC account number in the subject line)

Phone: 215.966.6625

Toll-free: 855.384.2253

Accommodated Testing Complaints


If you have a complaint regarding 1) LSAC’s final determination regarding a request for accommodations on the LSAT, or 2) the administration of approved accommodations on the LSAT, please submit your concerns via email to accommodationcomplaints@LSAC.org.

This is important. Please Note:

  1. Emails sent to accommodationcomplaints@LSAC.org must include the candidate’s LSAC account number in the subject line.
  2. A copy of any complaints sent by mail must also be sent by email to accommodationcomplaints@LSAC.org.