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WCL Accommodations

American University (AU) is committed to promoting access for law students with disabilities within the university’s diverse community. The determination of reasonable accommodations is a deliberative and collaborative process that is responsive to each student’s disability and individual needs.  A non-exhaustive list of accommodations in the law school setting may include extra time on exams, use of a computer and/or assistive technology, notetaking recording software, alternative format text materials, and interpreting services. As accommodations are not retroactive, it is important for registered students to work with the ASAC at the beginning of each semester. Students with new or temporary disabilities are encouraged to register as early as possible.

Any student, staff, or faculty member who is looking to learn about disability support at WCL is encouraged to contact disability@wcl.american.edu

  • Getting Started with Disability Accommodations: To receive disability accommodations for the first time at American University Washington College of Law, you must register with the Academic Support and Access Center by submitting documentation and completing the three-step process.
  • Exams with Accommodations: Students who are approved and plan to use their disability-related accommodations to take tests at WCL must submit requests using our online form. Please note the following deadlines:
    • Midterms: Submit at least seven (7) days before the date of an exam
    • Legal Rhetoric Exams: Nov 1
    • Fall & Spring Final Exams: 3 weeks before the official last day of classes in the semester
    • Summer Final Exams: 10 days before the official last day of classes in the semester
  • Alternative Text Materials: Students must submit requests for e-textbooks using our online form. Requests should be made at least three weeks before the semester begins or as soon as possible thereafter so you can begin your coursework on time. Please submit your proof of purchase of each text to WCL Disability Support at disability@wcl.american.edu
  • Interpreting/CART/TypeWell
    • For one-time occurrences and WCL events: Please submit a request form. This form is meant for WCL students approved by the ASAC to receive interpreting/CART/TypeWell accommodations. We ask that requests be made a minimum of five full business days in advance of the event date. If you have any questions about interpreting or live captioning, please contact WCL Disability Support at disability@wcl.american.edu
    • For WCL courses: All WCL students who are formally enrolled in a course should send their course schedules directly to WCL Disability Support at disability@wcl.american.edu as soon as they have registered. If students make changes to their schedules, it is important to provide notification as soon as possible to ensure your communication needs are met in a timely manner.

  • WCL Disability Handbook 
  • Frequently Asked Questions