Testing Accommodations: Law School
What are testing accommodations?
Testing accommodations are modifications to the way you take a test. They do not lower the standards of the test but simply allow you to better demonstrate your understanding of the course material without the interference of your disability. Examples of testing accommodations include extended time, a room with fewer distractions, a reader, or use of a computer.
How can I obtain testing accommodations?
There are three steps in the process for requesting testing accommodations:
- First, you must contact the Sara Bea Disability Services office at the start of each semester to request testing accommodations. You must make your request at least 20 class days before your first test.
- Next, Sara Bea Disability Services will consult with the Director of Student Services at the Law School concerning your request and then let you know, within 5 class days of your request, of its status.
- Finally, if you are informed that your request has been approved, then you must contact the Director of Student Services at the Law School 10 class days before your test(s) to finalize the arrangements for your accommodations.
What if the Law School does not think my requested accommodations are reasonable?
Because of the Law School’s anonymous grading policy, the Director of Student Services, without naming the student, may consult with the instructor regarding the requested accommodations and their impact on the nature of the course. If the instructor feels the accommodations will fundamentally alter the nature of your test, course, or program, then the instructor must discuss his or her concerns with the Coordinator of Disability Services.
If the issue is still unresolved, then the instructor must provide his or her Dean, in writing, any concerns about the requested accommodation, and the Dean is responsible for issuing a final determination. Should you have a test while the Dean is considering the issue, you may receive the accommodations determined by Sara Bea Disability Services so long as you contact the Director of Student Services 10 class days before your test(s) to arrange for the accommodation.