Working in close collaboration with the university’s Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC), the School of Law is committed to helping students with verified disabilities reach their fullest potential through reasonable accommodations. Accommodations are available for both permanent and temporary disabilities and may include such things as extra time on examinations or note takers for class. Professors are not told that a student receives accommodations, and information about the student's disability or accommodations does not become part of the student's permanent record.
As soon as students are aware of a need for services, as early as the summer before starting law school, they should make an appointment to discuss the process with the DLDRC.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain accommodations?
- Review the process on the DLDRC website.
- Contact the appropriate professional to obtain all required documentation (reference the DLDRC website for specific documentation requirements.)
- Submit the documentation to the DLDRC via email, fax, or in person.
- You will be contacted by the DLDRC to schedule a meeting to discuss your accommodations.
- After this meeting, the law school will be sent notification of any accommodations to which you are entitled.
When should I apply for accommodations?
As soon as possible, even the summer before starting law school, to allow sufficient time to get your accommodations approved and in place. Accommodations may not be available until a student completes the DLDRC process.
I have a disability, but I’ve never asked for accommodations before. Should I do so now?
What types of accommodations are available?
The most common accommodations are extra time on exams or note takers for class, but accommodations may be tailored specifically to address your unique case.
Will my professors know I receive accommodations?
Exams are graded anonymously, and your professor will not be told that you were accommodated, unless you actively waive confidentiality. It is important that you do not approach your professors about your accommodations to preserve grading anonymity; instead, ask Law Student Affairs to determine appropriate steps.
Will my classmates know I receive accommodations?
Because you may be taking your exams in a different location, it is possible your classmates might question you. To develop strategies for dealing with your classmates, see the DLDRC.
Will future employers know I received accommodations in law school?
Your transcript will contain no mention of any accommodation you may have received.
I have a temporary disability. Can I still get accommodations?
Yes. Contact Law Student Affairs to discuss the options.
I'm having a lot of trouble with law school even though I'm working harder than ever, so I'm wondering if I might have a learning disability. What's my next step?
Make an appointment with the DLDRC to discuss your situation.