Accessibility Resources - Frequently Asked Questions
Please select the questions below to view the answer. If you still have questions, please contact the ADA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an accommodation? What makes it "reasonable"?
An accommodation refers to the "modification of policies, practices, and procedures; the provision of auxiliary aids and services; academic adjustments and modifications to the environment intended to remove barriers to equivalent access" (AHEAD, 2013).
Institutions must make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations, which may or may not be an individual's preferred accommodation. Reasonable accommodations provide equal access, but do not:
- Create an undue advantage for the recipient;
- Fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity;
- Allow access to a program for which a student is not otherwise qualified;
- Give rise to an undue financial or administrative burden; or
- Provide assistance of a personal nature, as in personal attendants or aids for personal use or study.
To help applicants for admission and current students understand the rigor of the academic programs offered at the College, and the minimum essential skills and abilities needed for successful completion, the College of Law has developed standards for successful law study. Please see the Reasonable Accommodations and Standards for Law Study (PDF) for details.
Will I receive the same accommodations I received at prior schools?
Determining accommodations is an individualized process to determine the best fit for the student with in the rigorous academic programs offered at the College of Law. While understanding previous accommodations and their utility is an important part of the process, not all prior accommodations will necessarily be reasonable and appropriate for the law school environment.
Additionally, keep in mind that the process for receiving accommodations varies by institution; other schools or testing agencies may have different requirements and criteria for eligibility.
Will I receive the same accommodations as another student with the same disability?
The accommodation process is an individualized endeavor and accommodations that are granted are between the College and each individual student. As such, students with similar disabilities will be accommodated on an individual basis, and a student should not assume that an accommodation granted to another student will be similarly granted. If you have knowledge of or questions about a particular accommodation that may be helpful for you, please discuss this with the ADA Coordinator.
Is my information kept confidential?
Confidentiality is always a concern, so please know that information sharing is kept to a minimum. Typically, only information needed to ensure provision of granted accommodations is shared with applicable College of Law faculty and staff, not information about the student's disability. More information can be shared at the student's request, which should be discussed with the ADA Coordinator.
I believe I have been discriminated against based on my disability. What should I do?
First contact the ADA Coordinator to schedule a meeting concerning your complaint. The ADA Coordinator will informally investigate the complaint and work with affected parties to seek resolution. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this process, you should refer to the College of Law Student Grievance Procedure for Discrimination Complaints, contacting the Office of the Dean within fifteen calendar days after the alleged discriminatory action.
I have testing accommodations. Where will I take my exams?
The Registrar's Office coordinates all final exams, including accommodated exams. Locations for final exams will be determined each semester and communicated by the Registrar's Office.
Students with testing accommodations who have in-term assessments (quizzes, tests, in-class writing assignments, mid-term exams, etc.) who wish to have them proctored with their the accommodations must notify the ADA Coordinator one week in advance by submitting the Request for Proctoring form. Arrangements will be made to proctor the assessment according to the student's testing accommodations, separate from the class.
Will I receive the same accommodations on the MPRE or state Bar Exam?
The process for receiving accommodations varies by institution; other schools or testing agencies may have different requirements and criteria for eligibility.
You are encouraged to start reviewing the accommodations request process and requirements for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam and the Bar Exam for the state you intend to practice. Typically, the application processes require extensive documentation, so it is prudent to start collecting the needed documents well before your intended test date. A general recommendation is to start preparing during your 2L year of law school.