Navigating your way through law school with a learning disability, attention or focus challenges, or test-taking anxiety is an admirable feat. Law students with these issues often request testing accommodations through an on campus disability or accessibility services office. Typical exam accommodations include extra time or a small-group environment or private room to minimize distractions. The accommodations, if granted, can make the difference between a student’s ultimate success or failure in law school.
As important as accommodations may be to success in law school, they are even more crucial to success on the bar exam. This capstone exam is likely to be the longest and most intensive test that a law school graduate will ever take. Accordingly, a student who relied on accommodations in law school, or who has the sense that he or she would have significantly benefitted in his or her academic performance had they been secured, almost certainly should apply for accommodations on the bar exam.