Contact Accessibility Services: 617-495-1880
 

Disability Accommodations

WCC

Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act  (ADAAA), HLS provides accommodations and supports to students with documented disabilities on an individual, case-by-case basis.

How to Register for Disability-Related Accommodations

To be considered for accommodations, please complete registration materials and provide documentation for review. Registration Forms are available in the Dean of Students Office or below:

Accessibility Services Registration Form (PDF)
Release of Information (PDF)

Forms and documentation should be submitted to:
Accessibility Services
Harvard Law School
Dean of Students Office
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 3039
Cambridge, MA 02138
accessibility@law.harvard.edu
Fax:  617-496-0544

You will be contacted to schedule an appointment once your registration materials are received. In order to allow sufficient time to review documentation, please submit materials in a timely manner.

All documentation and materials will be reviewed by an HLS Accessibility Services staff member. Please note that information about a student’s disability is only released to a third party with written consent from the student unless required to be disclosed by law.

For a complete list of documentation guidelines, please contact the Accessibility Services at 617-495-1880 or accessibility@law.harvard.edu.

Disability-Related Housing Requests

Students affiliated with Harvard Law School Housing or Harvard University Housing may apply for consideration for housing accommodations. All students must meet housing application and deadline requirements. Accommodation requests are reviewed by Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. Requests for accommodations may be made by submitting the Request for Housing Accommodations Form, available in the Dean of Students Office or by clicking the link below.

Request for Housing Accommodations Form (PDF)

Forms should be submitted to:

Accessibility Services
Harvard Law School
Dean of Students Office
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 3039
Cambridge, MA 02138
accessibility@law.harvard.edu
Fax:  617-496-0544

Harvard Law School Housing Website

Harvard University Housing Website

The Bar Exam and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) Accommodations

Graduating students who plan on requesting testing accommodations on the Bar Exam should first go to the website of the state where they are taking the exam and familiarize themselves with the application requirements and deadlines. Information about individual state Bar Exam requirements can be found here. Please keep in mind that Harvard Law School’s process of providing accommodations is not necessarily reflective of the process for receiving testing accommodations on the Bar Exam. Each state has its own requirements and due dates to request accommodations.

Please contact Accessibility Services at 617-495-1880 or accessibility@law.harvard.edu for additional assistance and information about requesting information on the Bar Exam.

Information about requesting accommodations on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) can be found at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/ada-testing-accommodations/.

Please note: In order to allow for sufficient processing and notification of accommodation requests, it is highly recommended that accommodation requests be submitted to the respective state’s Board of Bar Examiners or the National Conference of Bar Examiners (for the MPRE) at least four to six weeks in advance of the submission deadline.

Campus Maps

The following maps highlight accessible features of the HLS and Harvard campuses

HLS Map

Harvard Map.

Studying Abroad

 If you are a student with a disability requesting accommodations abroad, please contact Lakshmi Clark-McClendon, Assistant Director of Student Services at lclark@law.harvard.edu or 617-496-2437 to discuss accommodations.

Information about international opportunities can be found at the following links:

http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/study-abroad/

http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/ils/international-opportunities/index.html.

Forms

Accessibility Services Registration Form
Release of Information
Statement from Medical Provider
Request for Housing Accommodations
Request for Note-Taking Services
Alternate Format Copyright Notice
Alternate Format Request Form
Notetaker Timesheets WORD | PDF

 

Disability Accommodations for Commencement

Accommodations are available upon request for people with disabilities on both Class Day and Commencement Day.

If you or a guest are requesting accommodations, please complete the following form: HLS Commencement Disability Accommodation Request Form.

Reservations must be made through the Dean of Students Office for all Commencement activities.  

Accommodation requests must be made through the Dean of Students Office for all Class Day and Commencement activities.The deadline to request accommodations is Friday, April 24, 2015. It is strongly recommended that requests be made prior to the deadline.

Accommodations for Class Day and Commencement Day include:

  • Accessible seating for candidates or guests
  • Accommodations for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Sign language interpreters at both Commencement Day and Class Day
  • Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs)
  • Accessible parking
  • Accommodations for people with visual impairments

Brailled and large print programs will be available at the Dean of Students Information Booth.

Although you or your guests are encouraged to bring your own, wheelchairs will be available for loan for Class Day and Commencement Day ceremonies via advanced request and by completing the following form: HLS Commencement Disability Accommodation Request Form.

Please note that for Class Day, three seats will be reserved, one for the person requesting accessible seating and two additional seat for  companions or guests.  For the Law School Graduation Ceremony, one table can seat up to ten people, which is the maximum amount of people the table can be reserved for.

For further information about disability-related accommodations for Class Day and Commencement please contact:

Stephanie Russo
Accessibility Services Associate
Dean of Students Office
WCC3039
617-495-8773
accessibility@law.harvard.edu