Accommodations for Exams Policy
Exams, Accommodations for
All students seeking exam accommodations should request accommodations no later than 60 days prior to the exam period to allow adequate time for scheduling the logistics involved with these requests. If extenuating circumstances have interfered with a student's ability to meet this deadline, the student must contact the Associate Dean of Students to discuss his/her situation and request for services. Accommodations Request Form [DOC].
All students who have been approved for accommodations based on a permanent or temporary disability will receive an official letter from the Associate Dean of Students outlining their approved exam and/or classroom accommodations. Students are encouraged to keep these letters for their records should they submit an application for accommodations for the bar exam.
All law school examinations are scheduled through the Registrar's Office. For more information about examination procedures, please consult the Registrar's website. Before the exam period, students will receive a written notification from the Registrar's Office to confirm the exam accommodations, times, locations, and instructions for each scheduled examination. Under no circumstances should students discuss exam accommodations with their professors. All questions and concerns should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. Maintaining the integrity of the anonymous grading system is a student’s responsibility and a critical component to the student code of conduct.
MPRE and Bar Exam: Applying for ADA Accommodations
Law students requesting exam accommodations for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or state bar examinations should know that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and the state Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) may differ from higher education standards and standardized testing guidelines established for the SAT, LSAT, or GRE. In other words, receipt of ADA accommodations in college and/or law school does not guarantee approval for exam accommodations on any bar exam. Further, the BBE and NCBE’s clinical documentation standards are very detailed, clear, and time sensitive.
Students are advised to plan early and take the time to review the testing accommodation standards for each agency. Applying early and planning carefully will allow applicants to maximize their chances of successfully submitting requests for ADA accommodations on the MPRE and/or state bar examinations. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with the Associate Dean of Students for additional assistance.
More information is available on the Disability Services website.