Law Students

Law Students May Postpone Exams Due to Stress from Grand Jury Decisions
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Protestors fill New York City streets after the Eric Garner decision was announced.

Summary: Columbia University School of Law has announced that students will be allowed to delay their final exams if they have suffered mental trauma from the recent grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.

According to the Daily Caller, law students at Columbia University will be allowed to postpone taking their final exams if they suffered mental trauma from the recent grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Interim dean Robert Scott stated in a message to students, “The law school has a policy and a set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period. In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.”


Do you think students should be allowed to postpone exams due to the grand jury decisions?

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Scott noted the recent grand jury decisions that have been the center of news media outlets nationwide: the decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, and the decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his use of a chokehold that killed Eric Garner.

Read about a flash mob that assembled after Garner’s death.

Both decisions, closely followed by the media, resulted in protests. Both police officers are white, and both men who died are black. The decisions sparked an increase in racial tension across the United States. Violence and looting broke out in Ferguson when the decision was announced, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Protestors also filled New York’s Times Square after the Eric Garner decision was announced.

Read an analysis of the Garner grand jury decision.

But why should law students be able to postpone their exams because of these decisions? Scott explains, “The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally. For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

Michael Brown’s family has vowed to continue seeking justice.

In addition, the law school will also hold special sessions in the coming week with Dr. Shirley Matthews, a trauma specialist. Several faculty members will also hold special office hours to discuss the grand jury decisions with students.

Next semester, the school plans to conduct a reading group, a speaker series, and teach-ins to “formulate a response to the implications, including racial meanings, of these non-indictments.”

Photo credit:


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of products liability experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The ideal...

Apply Now

Senior Litigation Attorney with some experience


Irvine office of our client seeks senior litigation attorney. The candidate should preferably have c...

Apply Now

Trademark Attorney with 5+ years of prosecution experience

USA-CA-San Diego

San Diego office of our client seeks trademark attorney with 5+ years of prosecution experience. The...

Apply Now

Global Sourcing and Technology Attorney with 2-4 years of experience


Dallas office of our client seeks global sourcing and technology attorney with 2-4 years of experien...

Apply Now


Paralegal / Legal Assistant


Busy AV rated Rockville criminal and family law firm looking for experienced administrative assistan...

Apply now

Environmental Associate

USA-NJ-West Orange

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC has an immediate opening for an environmental associate to join our...

Apply now

033477 - Senior Counsel


To be fully engaged in providing Quality/No Harm, Customer Experience, and Stewardship by providing ...

Apply now

Paralegal - Insurance Defense


Downtown Insurance Defense Law Firm seeks an experienced paralegal with at least 3-5 year\'s experie...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top