law 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 and auxiliary aids and services in compliance with state and federal laws.

The Law School welcomes accommodation requests from students with all disabilities. If you have any questions please make your inquiry through the contact information below.

INTRODUCTION

APPLICATION PROCESS & FORMS

All accommodations must be supported by current documentation and assessment of the present condition of the student with disabilities. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. All students receiving accommodations must submit a new Accommodations Request Form each semester by the deadline stated on the form. Forms can be obtained from the Assistant Director for Law Student Services.

  • Step 1: Contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services and set up an appointment to discuss eligibility for services.
  • Step 2: Verification of your disability and assessment of your present condition. Submit the following documents, as relevant:
    • Physical Disability: Physical Disability Verification Form, plus any relevant documentation from your physician detailing your present impairment and recommending specific academic accommodations.
    • Psychological Disability: Psychological Disability Verification Form, plus any relevant documentation from your psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist detailing your present impairment and recommending specific academic accommodations.
    • Learning Disability or Attention Disability (ADHD): Cognitive-educational evaluation and testing results with recommendations. See the Learning Disability/ADHD Documentation Guidelines for detailed testing requirements.
  • Step 3: Submit requested documentation to Assistant Director for Law Student Services and review and sign the confidentiality policy.
  • Step 4: After all documents have been received, the Assistant Director for Law Student Services will verify your documentation and ensure your requests are reasonable and appropriate given your present impairment and functional limitations in the academic setting. This process may include review by an outside expert consultant -- if so, you will be asked to sign a Consent for Release of Information.
  • Step 5: The Assistant Director for Law Student Services will email you to confirm approval of accommodation requests, suggest alternative accommodations, or deny your accommodations request. Please note that students may amend a denial with additional documentation and/or appeal the decision of the Assistant Director for Law Student Services.
SERVICES

At Golden Gate University, we offer a number of services and accommodations for students with disabilities. These include: course notes, reader and transcription services, electronic texts, mp3 recording devices, interpreters and real-time captioners, alternate media, and examination accommodations. Additionally, GGU staff can assist with students’ applications for accommodations for the Bar Exam or the MPRE. Information about those exams’ accommodations can be found below. Please note that although bar exam accommodation request deadlines tend to coincide with the final filing date for the examination, students applying for bar accommodations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for appeals if they become necessary.


COURSE NOTES

Some students may require supplemental notes as a disability accommodation, and their colleagues are encouraged to assist by sharing their notes through disability services. In exchange for providing this important service, note-sharers are paid $75 for each course at the end of the term. Notes must be typewritten, clear and comprehensive, and must be submitted within 24 hours of the conclusion of each class meeting. To apply to be a note sharer this semester, you must have a GPA of 2.5 or above (except for Special Problems, Solving Legal Problems, and Legal Analysis classes), submit a GGU Note-Sharing Application, and abide by all Note-Sharing Responsibilities. Forms are available from the Assistant Director for Law Student Services.


MPRE ACCOMMODATIONS

Law students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations for the MPRE should inquire early in their legal educations about the application processes. The Assistant Director for Law Student Services is happy to meet with students to review the process and provide verification of services received at the law school.

General Information about Applying for Testing Accommodations on the Multi Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)


BAR EXAM ACCOMMODATIONS

Law students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations for the Bar Exam should inquire early in their legal education about the application processes. The Assistant Director for Law Student Services is happy to meet with students to review the process and provide verification of services received at the law school.

General Information about Applying for Testing Accommodations on the California Bar Exam

FAQ

What should I do if I have a disability and want accommodations?

Please contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services to discuss your options at GGU School of Law. Even if you are unsure about whether you have a disability that can be accommodated, it is best to meet with the Assistant Director for Law Student Services and discuss what resources may be available.


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

If you would like to discuss disability services at GGU School of Law, you are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services. However, disability services only begin once you are a matriculated student. As an applicant you have no obligation to reveal your disability. Once you have been accepted or matriculated, you are welcome to contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services to apply for services.


Do you provide testing for learning disabilities and/or ADHD?

The Law School does not provide on site testing for learning disabilities or ADHD. However, the Assistant Director for Law Student Services can guide you through the process of finding an evaluator who suits your needs. The Law School does not fund these educational evaluations, but funding options may be available through the Financial Aid Office. Students are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Director for Law Student Services as soon as possible to discuss these options.


Will my classmates know that I have a disability?

New students receiving disability services are often concerned that their colleagues will know that they receive accommodations. Law Student Services maintains a strong confidentiality policy and will provide accommodations while maintaining the privacy concerns of each student. This should not discourage students from self-disclosing their own disability in their own time. GGU School of Law is known for embracing diversity, and students often feel comfortable sharing their diverse backgrounds, cultures, and disabilities with their colleagues which indubitably enrich the academic setting.

 

Is there accessible parking on campus? How can I access campus through public transportation?

There is no parking on campus at all, but there are nearby parking lots that are accessible to all students, faculty, and visitors. Also, the campus is surrounded by metered parking, and with a current, valid disabled placard, you are able to park in metered parking at no charge. GGU School of Law is also located within a block of BART, MUNI, and the Transbay terminal, which provide multiple municipal transportation services


I have a recent injury and would like to request accommodations. Can I receive services temporarily?

GGU School of Law supports an accessible campus for all students, including those who incur temporary disabilities. If you have a temporary injury, please contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services as soon as possible to discuss the appropriate documentation requirements and available and appropriate accommodations.


Do I tell my professors about my accommodations?

As a student with a disability, you are welcome to discuss your disability and/or accommodations with your colleagues and/or professors. However, GGU School of Law has a confidentiality policy that prevents the Assistant Director for Law Student Services from discussing your accommodations with professors. If there is an in-class accommodation that the professor must be aware of, the Assistant Director for Law Student Services will have you sign an express release for each specific professor and work with you on the best way to accommodate you under the particular circumstances.


My disability needs sometimes change. What can I do about this?

You are welcome to request an amendment to your current accommodations. Please contact the Assistant Director for Law Student Services at lawds@ggu.edu to discuss what additional documentation may be required.


Do I have to provide new documentation each semester?

If your documentation describes a permanent impairment, you may not have to provide new documentation each semester. Temporary or changing impairments may require new documentation each semester. The Assistant Director for Law Student Services will inform you whether you need additional documentation. Every student, however, must submit a new Accommodations Request Form each term in order to receive services for the current term.


Does the Law School provide health insurance should I need to see a local physician or specialist?

Law Student Services has worked diligently to create an insurance program that best benefits its students. Please visit the link to learn more about health insurance options as a law student: Student Health Insurance.

CONTACT US

We are more than happy to meet with students interested in applying for disability services or who have questions regarding disability services.

Please contact:

Elisa Laird-Metke, J.D.
Assistant Director for Law Student Services
536 Mission Street
Room 3340
E-mail: elairdmetke@ggu.edu
Office: 415-442-7867
Fax: 415-495-6756