STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND PRELAW ACOMMODATIONS TO BE MADE BY THE LAW SCHOOL
The University of Florida OHLPA Pre-law Handbook says: All schools receiving federal funds - and this includes nearly all colleges and universities - are legally obligated to provide accommodations that make programs accessible to qualified persons who have disabilities. By law, schools are not permitted to ask about an applicant's disability status so whether or not you disclose on your application that you have a disability is entirely up to you. .. The University of Miami College of Law indicates that you "Should you anticipate needing special assistance during law school, advance notice to the school will allow them time to make the necessary arrangements. If you prefer, you can wait until after you are admitted to address these issues with the law school. Many schools have someone on staff to assist students with disabilities."
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND PRELAW LSAT ACOMMODATIONS
The University of Miami College of Law considers the question I have a documented disability. Should I disclose this information? as follows: "This will be entirely your decision. There are, however, sound reasons why you may want to consider disclosing a disability. If your disability may adversely affect your score on the LSAT, you may wish to apply for an accommodated test. .. The University of Southern California Pre-Law tackles this question: "Anyone with a diagnosed and documented learning disability may be able to take the ...[LSAT] with accommodations. There ... [will be] a notation next to your score on the report indicating that you took the test with accommodations. Law schools will know that. However, they will not know what your accommodations were or why you requested it." "Judging the impact this has on an admissions committee is very difficult. Of course, you may run into some admissions committee members who are biased against you because of your learning disability. You may run into some who are biased in your favor because you have overcome hardship to get where you are. There is no way to predict. If you need the accommodation, you need the accommodation. If you receive an accommodation, be sure to write an essay (either as an essay or an ADDENDUM) explaining what your disability is, how you've worked to overcome it, and why you know it won't have a negative impact on your law school performance."