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Rules of the Board of Law Examiners - Appendix A, Scacr
Supreme Court of South Carolina
August 1, 2019
Rules of the Board of Law Examiners - Appendix A, SCACR
W. Beatty C.J.
Board of Law Examiners requests the Court approve its
proposed amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law
Examiners found at Appendix A to Part IV of the South
Carolina Appellate Court Rules. Pursuant to Rule 402(k)(3),
this Court approves the Board of Law Examiners' proposed
amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law Examiners.
Appendix A to Part IV, SCACR, shall state as follows:
RULES OF THE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS (Promulgated Pursuant to
Rule 402(k)(3) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED APPLICANTS.
Policy. It is the policy of the Board of Law Examiners (the
Board) of the State of South Carolina to provide reasonable
accommodations for disabled applicants including persons with
learning disabilities and persons with health impairments.
The bar examination will be administered to all eligible
applicants in a manner that does not discriminate against
those applicants with disabilities.
(a) Persons needing special accommodations on examinations
should make a written request to the Board to obtain the
necessary information, procedures and written forms.
Appropriate current documentation is required by the Board.
(b) Upon written request to the Board, the manner in which
the examination is administered to an applicant may be
modified while maintaining the security and integrity of the
(c) An applicant must submit a written request for special
testing accommodations on forms prescribed by the Board no
later than November 1st for the February examination and
April 1st for the July examination.
(d) Applicants must submit a current medical verification
prepared by a licensed professional qualified to diagnose
such disability who can describe the nature and extent of the
disability. Applicants must submit all medical information to
be considered by the Board with their written request.
(e) The Board may require the applicant to provide additional
information in support of the applicant's request. This
information may include, but is not limited to, information
concerning special accommodations provided during the
applicant's law school education including certification
from official representatives of the school where such
accommodations were provided. The Board may also require the
applicant to undergo a physical/psychological examination to
be conducted by a licensed professional designated by the
Board verifying the nature and extent of the impairment. The
Board may also appoint an expert to analyze the documentation
submitted by the applicant and to make a recommendation to
the Board concerning appropriate accommodations.
(f)In addition, an applicant seeking special testing
accommodations due to a learning disability or attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder must provide appropriate
documentation provided by a licensed professional qualified
to diagnose such disability including, but not limited to, a
licensed physician, learning disability specialist or
psychologist. Learning disability and attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder evaluations must meet all
requirements stated on the Board's written forms and
should be completed or updated within the past three (3)
years. An updated evaluation does not necessarily need to be
a full, comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, but must provide
information concerning relevant treatment, course of
condition, current impairment, and rationale for current
accommodation requests. The previous comprehensive diagnostic
evaluation must be submitted with the updated evaluation. It
is the applicant's responsibility to insure the Board is
provided with a complete record fully demonstrating the
existence and extent of impairment.
General Standards and Procedures.
(a) Depending on the nature and extent of an applicant's
disability, the exam may be administered to the applicant in
a separate room. Applicants assigned to a separate testing
room will be monitored by a ...
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