How to Make the Most of Studying Law With a Disability
William DeParcq started practicing law in Minnesota in the 1930s and quickly made a name for himself as one of the finest personal injury attorneys in the country. By the time his career was over, he had changed the way the courts handled workers’ rights cases, made a name for himself representing injured railway workers, served as a state legislator, led the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and opened law offices across the country.
He also couldn’t use his legs.
At the age of 18, DeParcq was injured in a car accident and lost the use of his legs. The lawyer who represented him saw a sharp, driven young man and encouraged him to go to law school. DeParcq enrolled and graduated near the top of his class–but he didn’t do it alone.
His mother drove him to law school every day, attending classes and sometimes recruiting other students to carry him up flights of stairs to get him to class. He was the only student in his class with a disability. And he changed the world.
My how things have changed.
Today, law school students come from all walks of life, and schools take great care to ensure that everyone has access–not just to elevators and electric doors, but to services and support designed to help them succeed.
There are counselors, health care professionals and alternative course materials available. But sometimes, students with disabilities need more personal attention to maximize their law school experiences. Sometimes they need a law school tutor.
While every student can benefit from a law school tutor, students with disabilities often see a greater return on their investment.
Law school tutors can make all the difference in the world to students living with physical and mental disabilities:
- They can find supplemental course materials for students
- They can travel to meet students where it is most convenient for them
- They take the time to explain concepts and skills to students in new, innovative ways that professors don’t have time to think about
- They can provide emotional support and encouragement.
Law school is extremely challenging for all students. For students with disabilities it can be even more challenging. A law school tutor can make all the difference in the world.
About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connect law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.