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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.

Definitions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Procedure

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
140 West 62nd Street, Room 06 (Garden Level)
New York, NY 10023

Telephone: 212.636.7955
Email: amontez@law.fordham.edu
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.

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.

Documentation

To request an accommodation on the basis of a learning, mental, or physical disability, you are required to submit to the Director of Student Affairs written documentation (no more than four years old) from a certified practitioner in the field of the disability.  If applicable, you are required to provide 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 address listed above.      

Accommodations

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 on computer disk
  • Visual assistive technology
  • Priority classroom seating

Temporary Impairments

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.