Suffolk University Law School and Suffolk University offer a wide range of campus resources to assist law students with disabilities.
Academic Support Program
Students with learning or other disabilities that may affect their writing or studies are encouraged by the Dean of Students Office to disclose this information to the Director of the law school's Academic Support Program. Writing specialists are available to assist students of all abilities in order to master their writing and study skills. In addition, the ASP conducts weekly classes on diverse topics such as legal analysis and writing, course outlining, preparing for oral presentations, and time management.
From the Ground Up
The From the Ground Up Program assists nontraditional students in their transition to the law school community. Suffolk University Law School defines nontraditional students as those who have been historically excluded or marginalized from the legal profession/law school community based on any of the following factors, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation/identity. Participation in From the Ground Up is entirely voluntary and free of charge. The program begins in the summer, about two weeks before classes begin and continues throughout the academic year with monthly meetings focused on topics that will help students adjust to the academic and socialization aspects of law school. Students who participate in From the Ground Up will receive an upper-class student mentor who will provide them with guidance and support. For more information, please contact Lauren Addesa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.305.6202.
University Counseling Center
The Counseling Center's primary purpose is to assist students with effectively defining and attaining personal, academic, and career goals. To accomplish this, the Counseling Center provides the following types of services to members of the Suffolk University community: individual and group counseling, psychological assessments, interest and vocational testing, consultations, and outreach programs. The Counseling Center is committed to providing an open and accepting environment. Counseling Center staff can either provide individual attention and/or will make referrals to appropriate University offices or professional agencies off campus.
Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers (LCL)
This is the sole lawyer and law student assistance program in Massachusetts exclusively dedicated to helping with the many personal and professional issues of life in the law. Services are free and confidential and can include assistance with dealing with stress, depression, concerns about the Bar Exam and Bar Application process, alcohol/drug abuse, or financial and/or career concerns.
The mission of Health Services is to provide services to all Suffolk University students that will assist them in maintaining optimum physical and emotional health by making available comprehensive, high quality, easily accessible and cost effective primary care. They offer comprehensive health care to all undergraduate and graduate students. Services include but are not limited to diagnosis and treatment of episodic illness, evaluation and treatment of injuries, and management of chronic illness.
Suffolk University committed to nurturing our culturally diverse student population. The Office of Diversity Services is the primary resource for AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American) and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) students. Diversity Services works with students to promote cultural awareness and pride.
Moakley Law Library
The staff of the Moakley Law Library will provide assistance to students with disabilities as needed in the search and selection of research materials. Assistance is available at the Reference Desk at 617-573-8516 or the Reserve Desk at 617-573-8177.
The Athletic Department, located in the Ridgeway Building, 148 Cambridge Street, is equipped with a basketball, volleyball, and running court on the basement level of the building. The Fitness Center is located on the second floor. These facilities are accessible to all students. Special requests should be made directly to the Athletic Department at 617-573-8144.
Parking and Transportation
As an urban institution in the heart of Boston, Suffolk University Law School does not provide parking for students. There are few off-street parking spaces available from the City of Boston for qualified persons with disabilities. The Law School has discounted parking arrangements with several area garages. Students are encouraged to assess carefully their parking and transportation needs at the earliest possible stage of the admissions process.
The MBTA offers a variety of support services for persons with disabilities. It offers individuals with disabilities a Statewide Transportation Access Pass, which provides reduced fare benefits on all public transportation lines. In addition, the MBTA will provide buses equipped with wheelchair lift devices on any of its routes when requested. Certain subway stations on the Red, Blue and Orange lines, as well as 36 Commuter Rail Stations, are also wheelchair accessible. The MBTA also provides The RIDE, a service offering special lift-equipped vans for persons unable to use the general transportation.