A student with a disability who needs to request
accommodation should contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, as soon as
the student enrolls in the College of Law. Documentation of the disability is required as set forth
below. Students who require exam accommodations must submit a written request
to the Assistant Dean at least one month prior to the examination. The Assistant Dean will be a liaison
between the student and professors to provide accommodations.
Center for Students with Disabilities
Services for students with disabilities are provided by the
Center for Students with Disabilities. To benefit from services, law students
must register with this office before the beginning of each semester. Students
must have been tested by a recognized specialist within the last three years
prior to starting law school. The DePaul office also provides testing at a
cost. If a student is approved and the disability is verified, the Center can
offer extended time for exams, laptops for note-taking, textbooks in modified
form, zoom text, real-time captioning and more.
To contact the office, see www.studentaffairs.depaul.edu/scd.
The Loop campus location is Suite 1400 of the Lewis Center. See also
773-325-1677 and 773-325-3720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Physical Disability
A student with a non-obvious physical disability must
provide professional verification of the disability by a licensed physician,
psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor,
physical therapist, occupational therapist or other professional health care
provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The verification must reflect the
student’s present level of functioning with respect to the major life activity
affected by the disability. The
cost of obtaining the professional verification is the responsibility of the
If the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to
determine the present extent of the disability and appropriate accommodations,
the College of Law may require supplemental assessment. The cost of the supplemental assessment
shall be borne by the student.
of Learning Disability
A student with a learning disability must provide
professional testing and evaluation results prepared within the last three
years which reflect his or her present level of processing information and
present achievement level. The cost of obtaining the professional verification
is the responsibility of the student. Students are advised that, when they
apply for admission to the Bar, their tests for accommodations must be
performed within three years prior to the time they apply to the Bar.
The four criteria necessary to establish a student’s
eligibility for learning disability adjustments or accommodations are:
- Average or
above-average intelligence as measured by a standardized intelligence test
which includes assessment of verbal and non-verbal abilities;
- The presence of a
cognitive-achievement discrepancy or an intra-cognitive discrepancy indicated
by a score on a standardized test of achievement, which is 1.5 standard
deviations or more below the level corresponding to a student’s sub-scale or
- The presence of
disorders in cognitive or sensory processing, such as those related to memory,
language or attention; and
- An absence of
other primary causal factors leading to achievement below expectations such as
visual or auditory disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, a lack of
opportunity to learn due to cultural or socio-economic circumstances or
deficiencies in intellectual ability.
Documentation to verify the learning disability must:
- Be prepared
within the last three years by a professional qualified to diagnose a learning
disability including, but not limited to, a licensed physician, learning
disability specialist or psychologist;
- Include the
testing procedures followed, the instruments used to assess the disability, the
test results and a written interpretation of the test results by the
- Reflect the
individual’s present level of functioning in the achievement areas of reading
comprehension, reading rate, written expression, writing mechanisms and
vocabulary, writing, grammar and spelling; and
- Reflect the
individual’s present level of functioning in the areas of intelligence and
The assessment must provide data that support the request
for an academic adjustment. In the event that a student requests an academic
adjustment or accommodation that is not supported by the data in the assessment
or if the initial verification is incomplete or inadequate to determine the
extent of the disability, then it is incumbent upon the student to obtain
supplemental testing or assessment at the student’s expense.
of a Temporary Disability
A student who seeks accommodation on the basis of a
temporary disability must provide documentation to the Assistant Dean for
Student Affairs to verify the nature of the condition, stating its expected
duration and describing the accommodations deemed necessary. Such verification must be provided by a
professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of such
conditions. The assessment or
verification of disability must reflect the student’s current level of
disability and shall be no older than 60 days. The cost of obtaining the professional verification shall be
borne by the student.
If the initial verification
is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability and
appropriate accommodations, the College of Law shall have the discretion to
require a supplemental assessment.
The cost of the supplemental assessment shall be borne by the student.