LSAC Policy on Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities

    This is important: Please check this website frequently for updates as LSAC rolls out the new LSAT Writing and Digital LSAT tests. Policies and procedures may be further revised in response to the new test experiences. LSAC welcomes your feedback and questions throughout this transition process.

    LSAC is committed to assisting disabled candidates with requests for accommodations needed to take the LSAT. Please review all information on this page, and use the links on this page to access the forms and information you will need to make your request.
     

    Consent Decree

    LSAC has entered into a Consent Decree with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the United States regarding testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities nationwide. For further information and to read the text of the Decree, please visit www.ada.gov/lsac_consentdecree.htm.

    To Request Accommodations on the LSAT

    1. You must be registered for the LSAT. You may register for the LSAT online, by phone, or by submitting a paper registration form, which can be obtained by calling 215.966.6625 or 855.384.2253 (toll-free).
      This is important: Your request for accommodation will not be processed until you are registered to take the test.
    2. Click on the links below for applicable policies and the appropriate forms you’ll need to submit your request. It is important to review this information carefully and check this website often for updates.
    3. It is your responsibility to obtain and submit all required forms and documentation by the receipt deadlines listed on the LSAT Registration Dates & Deadlines page. All forms should be filled out online, printed, and signed (where applicable) before they are mailed, faxed, or emailed to LSAC. All required documentation should be typed.
    4. Policy for Individuals Previously Approved to Receive Accommodations on the LSAT: Except as noted below, candidates are automatically approved to receive the same accommodations they were approved to receive on their last registration for the LSAT upon timely registering 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.

      1. Application of this Policy to the LSAT Writing (beginning June 2019)

        Beginning with the June 2019 administration of the LSAT, the LSAT writing sample will be administered separately from the multiple-choice section of the LSAT, through the LSAT Writing test.

        Candidates will be automatically approved to receive their previously approved LSAT accommodations, as described below, that are relevant to the LSAT Writing, such as extra time on the writing sample, use of spell check, or stop-the-clock breaks. Candidates who were previously approved to receive an electronic version of the LSAT in order to utilize screen reader, magnification, speech-to-text, or other software on the LSAT will be automatically approved to use this same software on the LSAT Writing. Further information is available regarding the use of special equipment to read and/or enter text for LSAT Writing.

        Candidates who were previously approved to receive a Braille version of the LSAT or other Braille accommodations will continue to be automatically approved for such accommodations on the LSAT Writing. Candidates who were previously approved to receive a reader and/or amanuensis on the LSAT also will be automatically approved for such accommodations on the LSAT Writing. Candidates requiring a different format of the LSAT Writing test or use of a reader or amanuensis will test in a designated test center. More information will follow regarding this process.

      2. Application of this Policy to the July 2019 LSAT

        Please review Testing Accommodations on the July 2019 LSAT Administration for information on how this policy will be applied on the July 2019 administration of the LSAT.

      3. Application of this Policy on the Digital LSAT (beginning September 2019)

        Beginning with the September 2019 administration of the LSAT, the Digital LSAT will be the standard format for all candidates. Candidates who were previously approved to receive accommodations on their last registration for the LSAT, regardless of whether that registration was for a paper-and-pencil delivered LSAT or the Digital LSAT, will automatically receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the Digital LSAT.

        Candidates who were previously approved to receive a Braille version of the test or other Braille accommodations will continue to be automatically approved for such accommodations after the transition to the Digital LSAT.

        Candidates who were previously approved to receive a large-print test book (e.g., 18-point font or higher) will continue to be automatically approved to receive a large-print test book administered via a paper-and-pencil test after the transition to the Digital LSAT. Candidates are encouraged to contact LSAC if they prefer to take the Digital LSAT, and will be advised of their option to elect to take the Digital LSAT within the letters posted to their LSAC accounts confirming the automatic approval of their previously approved LSAT accommodations.

        Candidates who were previously approved to test electronically using their own computer equipment in order to utilize screen reader, magnification, text-to-speech, or other software will be automatically approved to test electronically using their own computer equipment with the same software after the transition to the Digital LSAT.

        All candidates eligible for automatic approval based on past accommodations are encouraged to reach out to LSAC in advance of the registration deadline if they have any questions regarding their previously approved accommodations in the context of the Digital LSAT, and/or to submit a request for different or additional accommodations they may need to access the Digital LSAT.


      Examples of How the “Automatic Approval” Policy Will Apply to New Test Formats:

      • Example A: Candidate A was approved to receive 50% extra time, 15-minute breaks between sections, and a separate testing room on his last registration for the LSAT in November 2018. If Candidate A registers for the September 2019 administration of the LSAT, he will automatically be approved to receive 50% extra time, 15-minute breaks between sections, and a separate testing room on the Digital LSAT in September 2019. He will also be approved for 50% extra time on the LSAT Writing. He will no longer need a 15-minute break between sections or a separate room for the LSAT Writing test, assuming he takes the test through remote proctoring.
      • Example B: Candidate B was approved to receive 100% extra time, 20-minute breaks between sections, an electronic version of the test with the use of Zoom Text and screen-reader technology, and use of a computer and printer for the writing sample on his last registration for the LSAT in September 2018. If Candidate B registers for the January 2020 administration of the LSAT, he will be automatically approved to receive 100% extra time, 20-minute breaks between sections, and the use of his own computer equipment with Zoom Text and screen-reader technology on the LSAT. He will also be approved for 100% extra time and use of Zoom Text and screen-reader technology on the LSAT Writing, which he can use with his own computer equipment while taking the remote-proctored exam.


      LSAC will provide notice of any accommodations granted on the approval letter posted to the candidate’s online account. In the event you have any questions about an automatically approved accommodation, please contact an LSAC Accommodated Testing Customer Relations Specialist by phone at 215.966.6625 or 855.384.2253 (toll-free), or by email at accom@LSAC.org.

      If your last LSAT registration was more than five years before your current test registration date, LSAC may no longer have data or records related to your approved accommodations for 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 by 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 proof that testing accommodations were approved on the LSAT and specifically identifying what those approved accommodations were.

      It is also your option not to accept any automatically approved accommodations and to test under standard testing conditions. If that is your election, please contact LSAC by phone (215.966.6625 or 855.384.2253) or email (accom@LSAC.org) within one week after registration to inform LSAC of your election.

    This is important: Candidates who were approved to receive accommodations on their last registration for the LSAT and who seek different or additional accommodations on a later administration of the LSAT must submit a request for the different or additional accommodations and submit the required documentation by the test registration deadline. This requirement applies if, for example, you were previously approved to receive 50% additional time on the LSAT but now wish to receive 100% additional time and extra breaks between sections on the LSAT. In this case, you will still be automatically approved to receive 50% additional time, but you must submit the appropriate documentation within the published deadlines to support your request for 100% additional time and extra breaks between sections. Specifically, you must provide:

    1. Candidate Form (PDF)
    2. Statement of Need (PDF)

    You must also submit a request and the required documentation by the test registration deadline if you seek different or additional accommodations given the new Digital LSAT and/or LSAT Writing testing environments.

    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. The stated registration deadline is also the deadline for LSAC to receive any supplemental documentation that may be requested by LSAC or submitted by the candidate after the receipt of the original request. Barring unforeseen circumstances, LSAC will respond to each request for testing accommodations within 14 business days of its receipt. If a request is received within two weeks of the deadline, you may not have the opportunity to supplement your file if, after review of your request, we determine that additional information is needed to make a decision. 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.

    LSAC encourages you to register and submit all required documentation well in advance of registration deadlines so that you can receive timely notification of our decision. This will facilitate your planning and preparation for the test.

    Please note that, beginning with the February 2018 administration of the test, there is only one deadline for test registration. There is no “late registration” deadline.

    If your request for accommodation is granted, LSAC will make arrangements with the test center and send both you and the test center supervisor confirmation of the accommodation granted. Since some test centers may be unable to provide certain types of accommodation, LSAC strongly recommends that you register early to allow sufficient time for alternate arrangements, if necessary. LSAC cannot guarantee that you will test at the center for which you hold an admission ticket. Additionally, your test may be scheduled for an alternative, later date/time. You must notify Accommodated Testing if you change your test center location. This notification must be received in writing by the applicable test registration deadline.

    Additional Considerations


    Test takers who receive accommodation on the LSAT are subject to the same policies as all other test takers.

    The LSAT consists of five multiple choice sections, one of which is unscored, and an unscored writing sample. Please note that, beginning with the June 2019 LSAT administration, the writing sample will be administered separately from the rest of the LSAT exam. Learn more at LSAT Writing FAQs.

    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.

    Unauthorized changes to approved accommodations, the test center location, the test date and time, or to other test conditions made by test center personnel or the candidate may result in the invalidation of your test score.

    Test takers with similar accommodations may be tested in the same room.

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

    If your request for accommodations is denied or late, you will remain registered to test under standard conditions.

    LSAC reserves the right to make the final judgment regarding testing accommodations.

    How to Reach Accommodated Testing

    Email: accom@LSAC.org
    Phone: 215.966.6625
    Toll-free: 855.384.2253
    Fax: 215.504.1420

    US mail address:

    LSAC Accommodated Testing
    PO BOX 8512
    Newtown PA 18940-8512
    USA

    Courier address:

    LSAC Accommodated Testing
    662 Penn Street
    Newtown PA 18940-0995
    USA