For Law Students

DRC Registration for Law School Students

  1. Call 612-626-1333 or email drclaw@umn.edu to schedule an initial appointment for a free, confidential discussion. Please indicate you are Law School student.
  2. Bring documentation that describes your disability or health condition--if documentation is unavailable, your Access Consultant will help explore options for obtaining it
  3. Attend your initial appointment with your Access Consultant to explore accommodations
  4. DRC staff consults with the Assistant Dean’s Office about potential accommodations--medical and health information is kept confidential
  5. You will receive a formal accommodation letter from your Access Consultant once your accommodations have been determined
  6. Share your accommodation letter with the Assistant Dean’s Office by emailing lawdos@umn.edu and schedule a follow-up meeting with Dr. Noonan, Director of Student Services, to discuss how your accommodations will be implemented
  7. After initial accommodations have been determined, your assigned Access Consultant serves as your primary DRC contact, provides ongoing consultation as access needs arise, and provides ongoing consultation to the Assistant Dean’s Office as needed

Interactive Process for Law School Students

 

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in courses, programs, services, and activities in a timely manner. Reasonable accommodations for students in the law school setting include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and reasonable modifications to policies. The University works together with students, in consultation with the program, to identify reasonable accommodations that provide equitable opportunity to participate in the University’s professional programs.

 

Determining and arranging academic accommodations is a partnership between the student, the Assistant Dean’s Office, and the Disability Resource Center. The student requesting academic accommodations is an active participant in the interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations that provide an equitable opportunity to participate in, while not fundamentally altering the University of Minnesota’s courses, programs, services, and activities.

 

The student role in the interactive process is to discuss the impacts of their disability, provide information/documentation on an as-needed basis, and share what disability accommodations have worked in the past. Once registered, students should also notify their Access Consultant about any changes to their disability/health condition or accommodation needs.

 

The Disability Resource Center’s access consultant’s role in the interactive process is to work with the students and the Assistant Dean’s Office to identify barriers to accessing the course, program, service, or activity and recommend reasonable accommodations that mitigate impact of the barriers but do not fundamentally alter the essential functions of the course, program, service, or activity.

 

The Assistant Dean’s Office’s role in the interactive process is to share their knowledge of the essential elements of the course or program. It is also the Assistant Dean’s Office’s role to contact the Disability Resource Center’s access consultant if they believe that the recommended academic accommodations compromise the essential requirements of a course/program or fundamentally alter a course/program.

 

The Assistant Dean’s office also provides ongoing support to Law School students regardless of registration with the Disability Resource Center, for example direct communication with instructors on behalf of students, guidance with enrollment options, general advising, etc.

 

Testing Accommodations for Law School Students

 

If you have completed registration with the Disability Resource Center and your Access Consultant has determined testing accommodations are reasonable, take the following steps to initiate them with the law school:

 

  1. Request an updated accommodation letter from your Access Consultant each semester and inform them if your disability/health condition has changed
  2. Your Access Consultant will email you an accommodation letter recommending your specific testing accommodations
  3. Share your accommodation letter with the Assistant Dean’s Office by emailing lawdos@umn.edu and schedule a follow-up meeting with Dr. Noonan, Director of Student Services, to discuss how your exam accommodations will be implemented
  4. Complete the online application for a Law School disability variance in accordance with all variance application instructions for each of your exams (You will receive email notifications from the Law School regarding exam variance procedures and deadlines. Variance application deadlines must be strictly observed)

 

Contact Info

 

Law School Access Consultants

Joe Cook, M.A. & Sue Minder, M.S.

612-626-1333

drclaw@umn.edu

 

Meeting Times Available at the Law School

Fridays 1:30 – 4:00 PM, Room N215