Second Language Examination Accommodations Policy

Second Language Examination Accommodation

Suffolk University Law School may grant exam accommodations to students whose first language is not English.

The subsequent criteria will be followed to determine whether or not a student is eligible::
  1. Students who attended a secondary school where instruction was primarily or exclusively in English are not eligible.
  2. Students who attended a college or university for two or more years where instruction was primarily or exclusively in English are not eligible.
  3. Students in their final year of law school are not eligible.

Exam accommodations are granted to allow students whose first language is not English to become acclimated to the law school examination process. Therefore, second language accommodations will be reduced as a student progresses to the final year of law school, when no second language accommodations will be granted.  

Any eligible international student who is seeking second language exam accommodations must complete and submit the online Second Language Exam Accommodation Request Form by the second week in September. Students needing assistance completing the form should contact the Dean of Students Office by email or 617-573-8157.

Students granted second language accommodations may receive extended time on their examinations. However, an accommodation of additional time on examinations in subsequent academic years is not automatic. Please note that second language accommodations are not available for papers, class assignments or oral presentations. In addition, second language accommodations will only be granted for take-home examinations for which the student has less than 24 hours in which to complete the exam (no second language accommodations will apply to take-home exams in which the student has at least 24 hours in which to complete the exam).

To request second language exam accommodations please see Second Language Examination Accommodation.