Rule 14-706. Test accommodations.

(a) Disabilities and impairments. An Applicant who has mental, physical, or cognitive disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") may request test accommodations. The request, including all supporting medical documentation, shall be made in writing at the time of application in the format prescribed by the Bar. The decision on such requests shall be made by the Test Accommodations Committee. Test accommodation requests received after the application filing deadline shall not be considered until the review period prior to the immediately following examination. An Applicant requesting test accommodations who withdraws within 60 days prior to the examination date may be charged a fee equivalent to any nonrefundable expenses the Bar has incurred responding to the accommodation request.  The Applicant must demonstrate that:

(a)(1) she or he is disabled as defined by the ADA; and

(a)(2) the disability impacts her or his ability to take the Bar Examination; and

(a)(3) the accommodation requested is necessary to meet the limitation caused by the disability.

(b) English as a second language. English as a second language is not a cognitive disability or impairment.

(c) Review. An Applicant may request a review of the decision.  The review will be conducted in accordance with Rule 14-715.

(c)(1) The review will only reexamine the documentation the Applicant submitted at the time she or he requested accommodation, the written opinion of the Committee’s psychologist, the written recommendation of the Test Accommodations Committee and the Bar’s written decision.

(c)(2) Any attempt to change the original accommodations request or submit new medical documentation will be considered a new request for accommodation. The new request must be resubmitted to the Test Accommodations Committee for review and is subject to the deadlines set forth in Rule 14-706(a).

Effective Date May 1, 2016