RULES OF THE BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS
(Promulgated Pursuant to Rule 402(a)(4), SCACR)
A. GENERAL RULES.
1. Bar examinations shall be held twice each year on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.
2. At the conclusion of every morning and afternoon session, each applicant will certify that the applicant has not given or received any assistance of any nature whatsoever in connection with the examination.
3. Questions requiring essay type answers will be given on Monday and Tuesday of each examination. The essay portion of the examination may cover any of the following subjects: Corporations, Agency and Partnership, State and Federal Civil Practice and Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code - Articles 2, 3, 4 and 9, Equity, Legal Writing and Research, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Trial Advocacy, Domestic Relations, and Insurance. An applicant should be familiar with principles of law which prevail in this State with respect to the foregoing subjects and any aspects of the law which are peculiar to this State. An applicant shall be expected to know and apply the current case law and statutory law. The grade an applicant receives will be based both upon the candidate's knowledge of the applicable law as well as the candidate's ability to analyze and apply the law to the facts set forth in the questions.
4. All answers to the essay questions will be legibly written in examination booklets or prepared on laptop computers using the software approved by the Board of Law Examiners. Booklets and pens will be provided by the Clerk of the Supreme Court. Applicants who choose to use laptop computers shall provide their own laptop computers.
5. The Multistate Bar Examination as provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners will be given on Wednesday of each examination. The Multistate Bar Examination, which is a multiple choice type examination, will cover the following subjects: Constitution Law, Contracts, Torts, Real Property, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, and (Federal) Civil Procedure. Information about the Multistate Bar Examination may be found on the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website. The Clerk of the Supreme Court will provide pencils for this portion of the examination.
6. In instances of inclement weather or other exigent circumstances where it is necessary to promptly communicate with bar applicants, the Board will post the communication on the Supreme Court's website, www.sccourts.org.
B. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED APPLICANTS.
1. Policy. It is the policy of the Board of Law Examiners 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.
2. Application Procedure.
(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 examination.
(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. This filing deadline may be extended upon good cause as determined by the Chairman of the Board.
(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.
(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.
3. 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 proctor approved by the Secretary of the Board.
(b) At the request of a blind or sight impaired applicant, the Board may provide the examination in braille or in large print; provided, the request is made no later than November 1st for the February exam and April 1st for the July exam.
(c) The Board may allow the applicant to use the services of a special assistant. This person may not provide substantive assistance to the applicant, but may read the essay and/or the Multistate Bar Examination questions to the applicant. The special assistant may type or write the applicant's answers to the essay questions and fill in the Multistate Bar Examination answer sheet at the applicant's direction. If the applicant chooses to use a special assistant, the applicant must provide background information regarding the special assistant to the Board. The special assistant shall not have any legal related employment or education. The Secretary of the Board must approve the special assistant.
(d) The Board may allow a disabled applicant additional time to complete the Multistate Bar Examination and the essay portions of the examination. The additional time on each section of the examination shall not exceed one and one half (1 1/2) times the normal time allotted for the section. In addition, longer rest and/or lunch breaks may be permitted; however, in no event shall the entire examination extend beyond two (2) additional days.
(e) The Board shall determine the measures necessary to ensure that any special accommodations approved under this policy do not compromise the security or integrity of the examination or the integrity of the applicant's answers.
(f) The Board will notify the applicant of its decision on the request for special accommodations in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled examination. Provided, the Chairman of the Board may approve later notification when the filing deadline is extended pursuant to Paragraph B(2)(c) of these Rules.
(g) An applicant dissatisfied with the decision of the Board may appeal to the Supreme Court within ten (10) days after service of the written decision of the Board. This appeal is to be made by filing a motion with the Clerk of the Supreme Court in compliance with Rule 240, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules.
(h) The Secretary of the Board shall serve as the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Board and shall ensure that the provisions of this Rule are fully implemented.
Last amended by Order dated September 29, 2014, effective December 29, 2014.