Student Accessibility Services in the Office of Student Affairs
Loyola Law School adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid and other school-related programs on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religious creed, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital, parental or veteran status. The Law School complies fully with provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related administrative regulations and executive orders promulgated thereunder.
Reasonable accommodations are available to meet the needs of individual students. In providing reasonable accommodations, the Law School reserves the right not to waive any requirements essential to the curriculum or the Law School’s educational mission.
Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in the Office of Student Affairs works with licensed professional consultants to review requests for disability accommodations at the Law School.
Applying with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in the Office of Student Affairs is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis. SAS works to ensure that accommodations are provided to students who have established a disability that limits them in a major life activity. Accommodations are granted to provide a fair and equal opportunity to access the law school curriculum and program.
Students registered with SAS, as well as those who want to apply for accommodation, should use the SAS Online portal. The portal is also used by note-takers as well as those interested in becoming note-takers.
When to Apply
Entering students are urged to apply during the first week of August.
Continuing students are urged to apply immediately.
The process of reviewing the application and accompanying documentation can be a lengthy one, especially where the accommodations requested are extensive. Because of the time needed for processing and approving accommodations requests, students should use all reasonable efforts to submit an application and documentation no later than six weeks prior to a scheduled midterm or six weeks prior to the first day of the final examination period. While the Law School will make its best effort to process a student’s application for accommodation if submitted beyond that deadline, applications received less than two weeks prior to these times may be denied if there is insufficient time to gather and review the appropriate documentation, evaluate possible accommodations or to implement an accommodation.
Loyola Law School reserves the right to request independent evaluations before granting or extending a request for reasonable accommodation. In addition, the Law School reserves the right to deny a request if the accommodation sought is not supported by the data in the assessment or documentation.
Apply with SAS
Applying with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in the Office of Student Affairs is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis. To be eligible for accommodations, a student must provide written documentation that establishes a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California law. This process involves providing information that describes the disabling condition and its resulting limitation on major life activities. It is most helpful if documentation is from a qualified professional, who is familiar with the student’s history and current condition. Medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and school psychologists are among the professionals who routinely evaluate, diagnose, and treat disabilities.
Once documentation has been submitted, reviewed, and approved, the student will be registered with SAS and may obtain approved accommodations. The information and documentation are kept confidential. Do not send original documents to SAS. Keep your original documents along with copies of everything you send to SAS.
For reference, SAS maintains a list of qualified local professionals who have worked with LLS and LMU students. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this list, please contact SAS.
Steps to Apply
- Apply online through SAS Online Services* website and submit all supporting documentation.
- Check your LLS email address for SAS updates and requests.
*Once you submit an application, SAS will contact you by your LLS email account informing you of any additional documentation that may need to be submitted. When your file is complete, SAS will review your application. Please note, the review process may take up to 15 business days.
Along with an online application, SAS will require students to submit additional forms of documentation. Included in this would be documentation from a treating professional. Other forms of supporting documentation may include verification of previous accommodations (accommodation letters from undergraduate institutions and LSAT accommodation award letter).
The following information is to help explain the type of documentation that is required to establish a disability.
- A written report from a qualified professional that includes a specific diagnosis should be provided. However, a diagnosis alone does not automatically establish a disability nor indicate what accommodations are appropriate. Because of this, in addition to a diagnosis, an evaluation report should specifically describe how the diagnosis has affected the student's major life activities. The more thorough and detailed the information, the easier it is for SAS to understand the nature and impact of a disability and expedite the application. Incomplete documentation may result in a request for additional information.
- Information from qualified professionals must include their names and titles as well as the date(s) of evaluation.
Loyola Law School (LLS) does not conduct any diagnostic testing.
The SAS has developed guidelines for various conditions that students should carefully review and share with their treating professional.
- ADD/ADHD Documentation Guidelines
- Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Physical Disability Documentation Guidelines
- Psychiatric Disability Documentation Guidelines
Please note that obtaining an evaluation does not guarantee that you will qualify for accommodations under the ADA or California law.
A wide range of accommodations are made available to students with documented disabilities. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Reduced course load
- Flexibility in class scheduling (am/pm classes)
- Access to class notes
- Audio recording of lectures
- Preferential seating
- Use of a computer in class
- Books in alternate format/.pdf
- Additional time on examinations
- Reduced distraction testing environment
- Large print examinations
- Dictating answers to examination questions to a transcriber
- Food/water/medication in exam room
- Breaks during examinations
All forms, documentation, and correspondence related to the application for accommodations are confidential and kept separately from the student’s official record. Limited information is only shared with other Law School Departments to effectuate the accommodations (e.g., staff in the Office of Student Affairs, staff members involved in examination and accommodation arrangements).
If a student has a grievance or a complaint regarding a disability accommodation or related matter, it should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If the Office of Student Affairs is unable to resolve the matter informally, the student will have the opportunity to present their concerns to the Dean of Students. If the student is dissatisfied with the resolution of the matter by the Dean of Students, the student should submit a written complaint to the Associate Dean for Faculty. If the Associate Dean is unable to resolve the matter or if the student is dissatisfied with the resolution, the written complaint will be forwarded to the Vice President for Human Resources for investigation and decision. Information about this procedure is available here or from the Office of Student Affairs.
State Bar Examinations
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to petition for accommodations for the California State Bar Exam at the beginning of their third year of law school and should file a petition no later than three (3) months prior to the exam they intend to take.
Students requesting exam accommodations for the California State Bar Exam, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or other state bar examinations should know that the accommodation application process and documentation requirements may differ from higher education standards and standardized testing guidelines such as the SAT, LSAT, or GRE.
In other words, receipt of ADA accommodations in college and/or law school does not guarantee approval for exam accommodations on any bar exam.
Students are advised to plan early and take the time to review the testing accommodation standards for each agency. Applying early and planning carefully will allow applicants to maximize their chances of successfully submitting requests for ADA accommodations on the MPRE and/or state bar examinations.