The School of Law is firmly committed to meeting the needs of law students with disabilities.
In 1988, the faculty adopted a comprehensive policy designed to make the School of Law and its programs more accessible to all students, and to increase understanding about law students with disabilities within the law school community and the legal profession.
Students with disabilities can elect to consult confidentially with the Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives at any time. An individually tailored accessibility plan can be developed with the committee to provide reasonable accommodations for law students with disabilities in any aspect of the instructional program or the examination system. Participation in the four-year program could also be considered in appropriate instances.
This voluntary, cooperative, and individualized planning approach has proven successful in removing barriers and integrating students with disabilities more fully into the School of Law community. Prospective students who have disabilities are encouraged to contact the Vice Dean at any stage in the admission process, and are urged to notify the committee concerning their disabilities after they have been accepted. Contact with the Vice Dean will neither jeopardize nor enhance prospects for admission.
Students with disabilities who seek accommodations on the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination) or the bar examination should plan well ahead to insure they have the necessary documentation and are able to meet the deadlines to apply for accommodations, which are often earlier than the bar examination application deadlines. The Vice Dean is happy to meet with students to discuss these applications. She can also write a letter confirming accommodations received at the University at Buffalo School of Law, which is required for most applications for accommodations.
For information on the application for accommodations for a specific state's bar examination, the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights online directory "Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities".
The New York State Board of Law Examiners instructions for requesting accommodations due to a disability on the New York State Bar Examination, including the Test Accommodation Handbook with application. A student with a disability may apply up to six months prior to the date of the examination and no later than the application deadline for the examination.
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