Reasonable accommodations and awkward compromises: Issues concerning learning disabled students and professional schools in the law school context

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, colleges and universities are prohibited from discriminating against qualified students with learning disabilities and must reasonably accommodate such disabilities so that students have a genuine opportunity to complete academic programs successfully. Not surprisingly, just like their non-disabled peers, a number of learning disabled college graduates are choosing to enter professions such as law and medicine. Their entry into professional schools has raised a number of legal issues concerning their qualification to matriculate, their need for accommodations, and their eventual ability to practice successfully. This article discusses each of these issues in the specific context of legal education after providing general explanations of learning disabilities and of the federal statutes governing the rights of learning disabled students.
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