The Disability Representative acts as a supportive voice and advocate for students with disabilities (including physical, mental, learning and developmental) as well as persistent chronic illnesses and impairments.

The JD is challenging by any standard and experiencing a disability while studying can feel especially daunting and isolating. The Disability Representative aims to make the JD experience a little easier. Current initiatives and duties include:

  • Drop-in sessions between students and faculty
  • Facilitating greater accessibility for students to utilise the disability support services at MLS, including Academic Adjustment Plans and Alternative Exam Arrangements
  • Advertising disability-specific legal opportunities 
  • Fostering a sense of disability community at MLS through social opportunities to interact with other students experiencing disabilities
  • Working to encourage openness about disability and reduce stigma through networking opportunities and social events

Useful Contacts

Wellbeing Co-ordinator

If you are facing any difficulty with regard to your disability, including assessment concerns, your first port of call is to book an appointment with the Wellbeing Co-ordinator or email them at law-wellbeing@unimelb.edu.au

MLS Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer for Disability

The role of Equal Opportunity Liaison Officers at MLS is to liaise with students and staff with respect to issues and concerns within their area of representation and provide advice in relation to policy and other issues affecting students in that area. 

You can contact Arlen Duke, the MLS Equal Opportunity Liaison Officer for Disability via email at a.duke@unimelb.edu.au

Legal Academic Skills Centre

MLS provides numerous academic support resources, including one-on-one support for assessments and legal writing skills. Further information can be found on their website: https://law.unimelb.edu.au/students/lasc

Additional Feedback or Concerns

If you would like someone to advocate on your behalf, need any additional assistance, have any questions or would just like to touch base about anything at all, you can contact the Disability Representative via email at disability@mulss.com 

Your identity will be kept in absolute confidence unless you wish otherwise.