School of Law has a long history of supporting equal access to education
for students with disabilities. It does so by working in close
collaboration with the UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
and the law school’s Disability Standards Committee (DSC). Law school
policy is to provide appropriate consideration to disabled students in
course assignments and examinations, with the objective that the
examination results shall – to the extent feasible – reflect the
performance of such disabled students on a basis comparable with all
other students in the course. All accommodations are provided on an
anonymous basis; there is no notation on the academic record, and
faculty members do not know which students have been accommodated or
which exams have been taken under accommodated circumstances.
Students with disabilities who intend to request academic adjustments
and/or exam accommodations during law school must register with and
provide relevant documentation to OSD, which will then provide
recommendations to Dean Cheadle regarding reasonable and appropriate
adjustments and accommodations. The choice of a procedure that will
fulfill these objectives shall be within the discretion of Dean Cheadle
and/or the DSC, in consultation with OSD. Reasonable accommodations in
the past have included the provision of note takers, alternative format
textbooks, extended time for exams, a different exam environment, and
reduced course loads.
Students are strongly encouraged to register with OSD during the
summer prior to enrolling at the law school to ensure that
accommodations (as well as resources and support systems, including
health practitioners) are in place prior to the start of orientation.
Students with disabilities who have not previously requested
accommodations in the educational environment are strongly encouraged to
register in the event that the need arises. Keep in mind that bar
examiners in California and elsewhere will require evidence of prior
accommodations in determining whether to grant them on a bar exam.
To make an intake appointment for registration with the Office for
Students with Disabilities, call (310) 825-1501. Once you have been
registered, OSD will recommend accommodations to Dean Cheadle.
To petition the Disability Standards Committee for a reduced course
load or other extraordinary accommodation, you should seek advice and
counsel from Dean Cheadle.