Career Services

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Students and graduates with disabilities may find job-related assistance from reference sources in the Career Services Office and from the website links set forth below.

Resources Available through the Career Services Office

 

Publications

 

  • Interviewing Tips for Law Students with Disabilities. The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) publication “Interviewing Tips for Law Students with Disabilities and Employers Who Recruit Them” provides tips for both employers and students who are going through the interview process.
  • Lawyers, Lead On: Lawyers with Disabilities Share Their Insights, produced by the ABA.

Employment Experts

The Sea Glass Group – Expanding the Boundaries of Professional Search.  Career Services works with The Sea Glass Group to provide individual counseling and other support services. The Sea Glass Group is a unique consulting, sourcing, and recruiting firm specializing in the identification of top talent among college and advanced degreed professionals with disabilities, both evident and non-evident, including law school students and graduates. The Sea Glass Group works with candidates across a range of industries and disciplines, such as law, accounting, IT, and engineering, for corporate level positions and internship/co-op opportunities.

A webinar titled Disability Disclosure in the Employment Process is offered every fall through The Sea Glass Group.  Participating students will receive the following benefits:

  • The Sea Glass Group will match up a student with one of its executive advisors, based on availability, with emphasis on matching career discipline and disability of the student/candidate and the advisor.  The advisor and the student will set up the guidelines of their communication; it can be as often as they see fit.
  • Upon completion of the webinar, each participant will receive an Individual Disability Disclosure Self-Assessment Tool which steps the student through the process of making his or her own personal disclosure decision.  The student can also schedule a time with The Sea Glass Group to work one-on-one and review the assessment tool.  The Sea Glass Group will also review resumes and cover letters and work with students on interviewing skills, upon request.
  • Students will receive a list of resources and references so they can do more research on their own regarding disability disclosure.

For more information, go to http://theseaglassgroup.com/.

National Associations and Web Based Resources

The National Association of Students with Disabilities (NALSWD)

NALSWD is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination in legal education and in the legal profession. NALSWD aims to support the growing number of law students with disabilities by providing a safe and supportive community to connect with other students with disabilities from across the country, networking with lawyers with disabilities, information about career opportunities, and advice on succeeding in law school and the legal profession.

The NALSWD website also provides numerous resources including:

  • Publications
  • Conferences and Events
  • Employment Resources
  • Higher Education/ Law School Accommodations
  • Other Disability Rights Organizations
  • Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Bar Exam Preparation

American Bar Association (ABA)

The ABA has a section devoted to lawyers and law students with disabilities.  In addition to providing many resources for employment, the ABA offers a mentoring program designed to provide mentees the opportunity to gain insight into the legal profession from an experienced attorney who practices in an area of interest, and/or who shares similar personal experiences with the mentee, such as a disability.  However, mentors do not have to have a disability in order to participate, and just have to have a willingness to mentor a prospective or current law student or recent law graduate with a disability. In a recent study conducted for the ABA, those immediately out of law school cited having a mentor as an important driving factor of satisfaction with their career.  See more at:  http://www.americanbar.org/diversity/lawyers_with_disabilities.html.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act is available on the EEOC website at http://eeoc.gov/.  The EEOC website also contains links to recent EEOC guidance on disability related issues, including the legal obligation to make reasonable accommodations for attorneys with disabilities in all areas of practice (available at http://eeoc.gov/facts/accommodations-attorneys.html).

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The ODEP website (http://www.dol.gov/odep/) offers a variety of resources, including information designed to help adults with disabilities understand employment issues such as job seeking, employment options, and job accommodations.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN is not a job placement service, but an international toll–free consulting service, sponsored by ODEP, designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: (1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, (2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and (3) educating callers about self–employment options. For more information, visit http://askjan.org/.

Resources through The Ohio State University

The Student Life Disability Services office offers numerous resources for both finding job opportunities and preparing for the interview.  For more information, go to http://ods.osu.edu/services/career-resources/.