Fordham University School of Law ensures access to qualified students with disabilities in the belief that the legal profession will benefit from the skills and talents of these individuals. The School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits organizations from preventing an otherwise qualified individual with a disability access to or participation in their services, programs and activities.
- A person with a disability is: any person who (a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; (b) has a record of such impairments; or (c) is regarded as having such impairment.
- An otherwise qualified person with a disability is: an individual with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission and participation in the School's educational program and activities.
The Law School takes seriously its responsibility to afford students with disabilities equal opportunities and full access to its programs and services in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual to the extent required by law. Fordham recognizes physical and mental disabilities that include mobility, sensory, health, psychological, and learning disabilities. Fordham Law students seeking accommodations for disabilities should contact:
Abel P. Móntez, Esq.
Director of Student Affairs
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Room 4-101 E
New York, NY 10023
Early disclosure is essential, to allow sufficient time for review, approval, and implementation of accommodations.
To discuss policies and procedures and establish an appropriate accommodation plan, new law students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Mr. Móntez before fall semester classes begin. In order to receive accommodations, all students are required to register with the Office of Student Affairs each school year and to submit requisite accommodation request forms on a timely basis each semester.
First-year and new law students seeking accommodations for the fall semester are required to register with and submit complete documentation to the Office of Student Affairs, no later than the end of the third week of classes; for the spring semester, materials must be submitted no later than the end of the third week of classes. A student's failure to contact the Office of Student Affairs on a timely basis will result in the denial of accommodation requests.
Students would be mindful that they may have to be reevaluated by their evaluators in the event that the documentation is outdated or non-compliant with the school's documentation requirements.
The need and selection for accommodations will be determined on an individual basis, taking into account the nature, extent and severity of the student's disability; the fundamental nature of the academic program or activity; the functional limitations and impact of the student's disability, the student's history of accommodation and academic achievement; and whether the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the Law School.
All accommodations are prospective. No retroactive accommodations are provided. Having received a prior accommodation in an educational or employment setting does not ensure that you will receive the same or any accommodation at the Law School.
To request an accommodation on the basis of a disability or disabilities, you are required to submit to the Director of Student Affairs:
(1) written documentation from a certified practitioner in the field of the disability (the documentation cannot be older than four (4) years for AD/HD or Learning Disabilities; older than six (6) months for all other disabilities), and
(2) If applicable, written confirmation of prior accommodations in educational or employment settings (e.g. undergraduate and LSAT accommodations).
To ensure confidentiality, requests for accommodations and written verifications of a disability are filed in the Office of Student Affairs, separate from the student's general academic records.
Students seeking accommodations must abide by Fordham University's Documentation Guidelines. Supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Law School's Director of Student Affairs at the email listed above.
Reasonable accommodations that the Law School offers to students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Additional time for completing exams and papers
- Individual examination rooms
- Enlarged reading materials
- Provision of materials in an electronic format
- Visual assistive technology
- Computer use during class
- Priority classroom seating
Applying for Disability-Related Accommodations on the Bar Exam and MPRE
Students who plan on requesting testing accommodations on the Bar Exam should first go to the website of the state where they are taking the exam and familiarize themselves with the application requirements and deadlines. Information about the New York Bar Exam can be found on its website; individual state Bar Exam requirements can be found on the American Bar Association website.
Information about requeting accommodations on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) can be found on its website.
Please keep in mind that Fordham Law School's process of providing accommodations is not necessarily reflective of the process for receiving testing accommodations on the Bar exam or MPRE. Each state has its own requirements and due dates to request accommoations.
Students who are updating their documentation for the Law School's accommodations process are strongly encouraged to provide their evaluators with the documentation guidelines for the Bar exam and MPRE.
While our legal obligation relates to disabilities of a substantial and long-term nature, we also consider accommodations for temporary impairments when practical. For more information, contact the Director of Student Affairs.
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