Office of Disability Services
The Shepard Broad Law Center, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is committed to providing equal access through reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.
The purpose of accommodations is not to ensure success or a positive outcome, but to provide equal access and to level the playing field for students with disabilities.
If you have been diagnosed with a disability (physical, psychological, learning or ADD/ADHD) or suspect that you may have one or more of these disabilities, you may be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations.
Students requesting reasonable accommodations must provide documentation of the existence of a disability that substantially limits a major life activity. If you do not have current documentation of your disability (less than three years old), you will need to consult a qualified medical professional for an immediate evaluation. When you have obtained the required documentation (see links below), you must meet with the Director of Disability Services to assess your needs and determine appropriate accommodations.
Important Things to Remember
If you have received accommodations in the past (undergrad, LSAT, etc.), you should apply for accommodations in law school, even if you choose not to take advantage of accommodations you may be granted.
Some students elect to “do it on their own” and try law school without the accommodations they need. However, your first year in law school is not the time to change what has worked for you in the past.
Under most circumstances, requests for accommodations must be made in writing at the beginning of the school year. However, all requests for accommodations must be received by November 1st for the fall semester and April 1st for the winter semester. A previously undisclosed disability for which accommodations were not sought cannot be used as a reason to contest a failing grade or dismissal from the university.
The Disability Services process is completely confidential. Requesting and receiving accommodations will not stigmatize or compromise you as a law student.
If you need accommodations, don’t be afraid to ask!
Students occasionally seek accommodations for a temporary disability or for a temporary medical condition that is not legally recognized as a disability (such as injury or pregnancy).
Medical documentation and a written request to the Director of Disability Services are required for temporary accommodations.
Keep in mind that such accommodations may be available for the bar exam as well.
Accommodations for the Bar Exam
RECEIVING ACCOMMODATIONS IN LAW SCHOOL DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE BAR EXAM!
It is important that you keep detailed records of the history of your disability in order to provide the Board of Bar Examiners with proper documentation.
Applying for accommodations on the bar exam is a lengthy process which should be started as early as possible.
- Required Law Center Documentation:
- Florida Bar Exam Accommodations
- NSU Disability Services Information:
Sharon Booth, Esq.
Director of Public Interest Programs and Disability Services