Applicants with mental or physical disabilities can file a petition
for reasonable testing accommodations that are needed to take an exam. Applicants with temporary medical conditions, such as a pregnancy or broken leg, and mothers who are nursing, etc. may also file requests for accommodations.
Depending on the nature of the disability, accommodations include
personal assistants (readers or personal healthcare assistants),
wheelchair access, permission to dictate to a typist or digital
recorder, customized timing, a separate testing room, customized
examination materials (Braille, large print, etc.), extended testing
days and permission to bring and use specific items or medical aids.
If an applicant needs such accommodations, he or she is required to
complete a petition and one or more forms. Applicants also need to include necessary documentation to support their requests. Each petition is processed on a
case-by-case basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to file their
petitions early in advance of the exam they intend to take.
The petition for testing accommodations is treated separately from
the application you file to take an exam. Petitions for testing
accommodations may be filed prior to filing an application for the
examination. However, the applicant must be
registered or the petition will not be processed.
Read the instructions about how to request testing accommodations.
To request testing accommodations, applicants must submit a completed petition (Form A). In addition, a qualified professional must complete the verification form relevant to the applicant's particular disability.
If an applicant received testing accommodations during law school, the law school must complete Form F.
If an application received accommodations to take another state's bar exam, Form G must be completed.
All required forms should be submitted together.
Make sure the petition and forms are complete. Completed forms must
be received (not postmarked) no later than the final testing
accommodations petition filing deadline. Send them to:
Office of AdmissionsThe State Bar of California180 Howard St.San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
Find a testing accommodations form
More information on testing accommodations
See Rule 4.82 for more information on the rules about testing accommodations.