Testing Accommodations Instructions
If you plan to apply for testing accommodations, this must be done at the time of your application submission. Late submissions will not be accepted.
There are several upload requirements for testing accommodations. Please follow the instructions closely and make sure you upload ALL the required documentation. If this documentation is not uploaded at the time of submission, your request will be denied.
Requests for accommodations will be considered after receipt of all required information. The Applicant Checklist, located in Section V of Form 1: Applicant Request for Test Accommodations, must be submitted with the application. The applicable items specified in the Applicant Checklist must be completed and UPLOADED on or before the filing deadline of the exam the applicant wishes to take.
Applicants with disabilities are subject to the same application deadline as individuals without disabilities. Because some of the accommodation request forms require input from third parties, the appropriate individuals should be asked to complete the forms well in advance of the deadline.
A timely request for test accommodations for the February administration of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners Bar Examination must be UPLOADED immediately after submission of application.
A timely request for test accommodations for the July administration of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners Bar Examination must be UPLOADED immediately after submission of application.
Requests for test accommodations and supporting documentation may be UPLOADED to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners at the time of application.
Applicants who retake the examination must submit Form 1: Applicant Request for Test Accommodations each time they apply for the bar examination, even if they previously requested and were granted accommodations by the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. It is not necessary to resubmit supporting documentation that was submitted with a previous request, provided the applicant sat for the Indiana Board of Law Examiners Bar Examination within the preceding three years and (1) is requesting the same accommodations that were received previously on the Indiana Board of Law Examiners Bar Examination and (2) has had no material changes in his/her condition. New supporting documentation is required if there is any change in the accommodations requested. An update to prior medical documentation is required assessing the applicant’s current functional limitations and ongoing need for accommodations if the nature of the applicant’s disability or disabilities is changeable. The Indiana Board of Law Examiners reserves the right to request an update to prior documentation in all cases if it determines that the prior documentation is insufficient to establish the applicant’s current level of impairment and need for accommodations.
STEPS FOR SUBMITTING A COMPLETE REQUEST
This application packet contains seven separate forms, but you need only submit those forms and documents that pertain to your particular disability. Please carefully review the information below to ensure that you submit a complete request. A checklist is provided in Section V of Form 1: Applicant Request for Test Accommodations, which you should complete and submit with your request. All required forms and documentation must be submitted together by the deadline.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of the forms that must be submitted with your request must be completed by third parties and returned to you for submission to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. Make certain that you request completion of these forms by the third parties in a timely manner so that you are able to submit your request by the deadline.
STEP 1: Have a qualified professional complete the applicable disability verification form and return it to you for submission to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. There are separate forms for learning disabilities, AD/HD, psychological disabilities, visual disabilities, and physical disabilities. You will need to complete the top portion of the applicable disability verification form and request that your qualified professional complete the rest of the form and return it to you.
STEP 2: Gather verifying documentation of your history of accommodations requests, if any. Submit a Form 7: Certification of Accommodations History completed by each educational institution or testing agency (hereinafter “entity”) from which you requested accommodations, whether your request was granted or denied. Complete the top portion of the form and request that the entity complete the rest of the form and return it to you for submission to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. Alternatively, you may provide other proof of your accommodations history, such as a copy of the letter(s) you received from the entity notifying you of the specific accommodations granted or denied. The proof should identify the time frame (e.g., third year of law school) and the nature of the disability (e.g., AD/HD) for which any accommodations were granted or denied. If you received accommodations as a result of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan, please provide copies of all IEPs or 504 Plans.
STEP 3: If the nature of your disability is AD/HD or a learning disability, provide transcripts. UPLOAD copies of your undergraduate and law school transcripts and your LSAC Candidate Item Response Report. Exact photocopies of transcripts are acceptable for this purpose. You can obtain your LSAC Candidate Item Response Report by logging in to your LSAC account at www.lsac.org. Click on Item Response Report (IRR) under the LSAT and LSAT Status Tab, and print the report. If you have trouble obtaining the report, contact an LSAC representative at 215-968-1001.
Learning disabilities and AD/HD are developmental disorders with childhood onset, even if not diagnosed until adulthood. Transcripts or report cards of your elementary, middle school, and high school education, while not required, are useful in providing evidence of symptoms and impairment present during childhood. The Indiana Board of Law Examiners reserves the right to request such academic records in particular cases.
STEP 4: Complete Form 1: Applicant Request for Test Accommodations. UPLOAD all relevant forms and documents, as indicated above, so that all required documentation is provided in one submission.