Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Schuyler recently assisted a law student in appealing a determination by the New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) denying the law student’s request for reasonable accommodations. The law student, who has Type 1 diabetes, required additional testing time for glucose level monitoring and periodic insulin injections. Medical experts have widely acknowledged that stressful conditions such as standardized testing can exacerbate the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and, if unaddressed, can negatively impact cognitive abilities. The law student’s appeal articulated in great detail the link between the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, particularly under stressful circumstances, and the necessity for additional testing time. To support her request, the student also submitted various medical studies.
Following correspondence with NYLPI and review of the appeal, the board overturned its initial determination and granted the law student’s request for additional testing time.