Student Services: Disability Services

Golden Gate University School of Law is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the Law School's policy that enrolled students who have disabilities shall be given reasonable accommodations in compliance with state and federal laws.

Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with all types of disabilities, including temporary injuries or conditions. 

DISABILITY SERVICES

Accommodations for students with disabilities, such as modifications, auxiliary aids, or services, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Some examples are: electronic texts, course notes, recording devices, reader and transcription services, exam accommodations, interpreters, and real-time captioners.

Students seeking disability accommodations should begin the verification process as early as possible. See New Requests for Accommodations below.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS on the MPRE & BAR exam

If you would like to request accommodations for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or the Bar Exam, you should consult with the Assistant Director for Law Student Services about the application process early in your legal education.

Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline in order to allow sufficient time for any necessary appeal.

 
General information can be found at these links:
NEW REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS

All disability accommodations must be supported by documentation of the student’s current condition and needs. Law students with a disability who have not previously gone through the verification process should contact the office as soon as possible, ideally several weeks in advance of the start of the semester. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please do not approach professors about obtaining accommodations until approved through Law Student Services.

 

VERIFICATION PROCESS

  • Step 1: Contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services to set up an appointment to discuss eligibility for services and possible accommodations. You will also be asked to review and sign the confidentiality policy.
  • Step 2: Submit the appropriate documentation, based on the type of disability, as described below. You are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining the required documentation from a qualified provider.
    • Physical Disability: Your physician will need to complete the Physical Disability Verification Form detailing your present impairment and recommending accommodations for the academic environment.
    • Psychological Disability: Your psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist will need to complete the Psychological Disability Verification Form detailing your present impairment and recommending accommodations for the academic environment.
    • Learning Disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): You will need to submit a Psychoeducational Evaluation Report completed within the past three years by a qualified professional. The evaluation must include a comprehensive interview and assessment (testing) of areas that impact learning and academic performance. The report must recommend accommodations for the academic environment. We can provide a list of evaluators used by students in recent years.
  • Step 3:The Assistant Director for Law Student Services reviews all of the documentation to ensure that the requested accommodations are reasonable and appropriate given your present impairment and functional limitations in the academic setting. This process may include review by an outside consultant.
VOLUNTEER TO BE A NOTETAKER

Law Student Services is looking for volunteers to be notetakers for their classmates who have a disability that affects their ability to take their own course notes. If you take detailed, well-organized notes, this is a wonderful way to make a positive difference for a fellow student -- and receive a monetary stipend of $75 per course at the end of the semester. If you are interested in helping to provide this important service, please email the Assistant Director for Law Student Services for the link to the interest form.

FAQ
 
I am applying to GGU School of Law and I have a disability. Are there any special procedures?

You have no obligation to reveal your disability when applying to GGU, but if you would like to discuss disability services at any point in the process, you are welcome to contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services. Please see New Requests for Accommodations [link to section above] for how to proceed once you have enrolled.

 
I am not sure whether I have a learning disability (or ADHD). Do you provide testing?

The Law School does not provide testing for learning disabilities or ADHD; however, the Assistant Director for Law Student Services can explain the process and what the evaluation will need to address. The cost of the evaluation is the student’s responsibility. Because it can take six weeks or more for an evaluation and report to be to be completed, students are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Director for Law Student Services as early in the semester as possible.

 
Will information about my disability be kept confidential?

The Law School keeps information about disabilities and accommodations confidential, and Law Student Services strives to protect the privacy of each student receiving accommodations. However, students are welcome to self-disclose information about a disability when and if they feel comfortable doing so.

 
Do I have to re-request accommodations each semester?

Once the verification process for your accommodations has been completed, you must submit a new Request for Accommodations for each semester, including summer, by the posted deadline. The Assistant Director for Law Student Services will email the link to the current form prior to the start of the semester.

For permanent or stable conditions, you will not have to provide new documentation each semester. Temporary impairments or changed needs may require new documentation.

 
Can I receive accommodations for an injury or temporary condition?

We are happy to work with you to put temporary accommodations in place. Please contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services as soon as possible to discuss documentation requirements and possible accommodations.

 
Is there accessible parking on campus?

There is no parking on campus, but there are accessible public parking areas nearby. With a current, valid disabled placard, you are able to park in the metered parking on the surrounding streets at no charge.

CONTACT US
To initiate the accommodation verification process, discuss any questions regarding disability services, or address issues implementing approved accommodations, please contact:

 

Laura Koch, JD, LCSW
Interim Assistant Director for Law Student Services
536 Mission Street, Room 3340

Fax: 415-495-6756