As we watch the ongoing outrage over two recent grand jury decisions, in which some have chosen to combat perceived injustice with criminal violence, surely we all had the same prevailing concern: how will this make Columbia law students feel?

The next generation of lawyers is apparently so “disturbed” (by the outcome of the legal process) that Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone taking their final exams if they’ve been “significantly impaired” by the “trauma.”

Power Line Blog published the text of this message from interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community:

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.

– The law school has a policy and 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.

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