Getting Through the Bar Exam with a Disability

For those students who already know they have a disability, they may have discussed this with their law school and found out that the bar examiners can make accommodations for them, during their state bar examination. However, some students do not realize that there are resources for them in the event that they need help. Here are some things to consider:

(1) You may have a disability and not know about it yet

Are you having a difficult time concentrating while you are trying to learn the law? Many students can get easily distracted when they have a lot of boring cases to read and a ton of outlines to create. This is fairly normal. However, some students have an extremely difficult time absorbing material and staying focused. We have noticed that many students are able to get through elementary school, high school, and even college without any huge struggles. But when it comes to getting through law school, or another professional degree, they are all of a sudden struggling. A lot of students are diagnosed with a learning disability when they finally enter into law school during their mid-twenties. Yes, it can take that long to realize that the way you learn is different or takes an additional amount of time, as compared to others in your classroom. Many schools do not make an effort to reach out to students publicly at the beginning of the semester regarding this issue and it is usually up to the student to set an appointment with a doctor to see if a diagnosis should be made. Once a diagnosis is made, the student should then meet with the staff at their law school to discuss the types of accommodations that can be made during law school, for the bar exam, and, finally, for their career in law. Accommodations for students may vary. For example, a student may be permitted to take an exam in a quiet smaller room, instead of a large room filled with 100 students who are typing loudly on their laptops. Or it could be recommended that the student attend school part-time so that they have extra time to focus on their studies. It is always worth asking your school to see what accommodations can be made, if you are struggling during law school. And, since we are discuss the bar exam, we also recommend that students reach out to the bar exam administrators to review the types of accommodations they offer.

(2) You may have a disability that you know about but you are not asking for help

Yes, this actually happens! We have seen students try to take on every hardship of their own, without speaking up. A student who served in the military came back as an amputee and decided to attend law school. That student has one arm with which they can type. Imagine trying to type your law school exams with one hand. At the very least, that student would need to type twice as fast to keep up with their classmates, who are taking the same exam within the same allotted time frame. This student made an attempt to answer their final exams without any accommodations during their first semester of their 1L year. But then they finally realized that it was time to ask for an accommodation. When there is a situation like this, we suggest the student not only reach out to the law school but also reach out to the state bar examiners and let them know in advance about their limitations so that they can review all of their options for testing accommodations.

We have also seen other students who have physical disabilities receive help during class. A law student who has back issues was able to receive accommodations by having a podium placed in the back of the room so that the student could stand during class, instead of being required to sit. Likewise, we suggest that a student who has a physical limitation like this reach out to the state bar administrators to see what options are available to them in order to take the state bar examination.

If you struggle with learning and need assistance in preparing for the bar examination, please reach out to TBT – The Bar Tutor. TBT has tutored law students and law graduates with disabilities. TBT – The Bar Tutor assists students in passing the bar exam, in order to ensure that they have better job opportunities after law school.

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Your career as a law school student and a bar exam applicant may be very difficult. But TBT – The Bar Tutor is always here to help you pass the state bar examination. TBT – The Bar Tutor can help students online so that students are able to access their law tutor immediately. TBT – The Bar Tutor is happy to provide academic support for law school graduates across the nation. If you are wondering if there are tutors near me or you are looking for a tutor finder for bar exam tutoring services, please contact TBT – The Bar Tutor. TBT can direct you in regards to private tutoring, online tutoring, tutoring in your home, and academic success seminars. TBT – The Bar Tutor’s tutoring centers around the law student and doing what is best for the state bar exam applicant’s success, so please reach out to TBT if you are in need of academic advising or test prep for the state bar examination.

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