We provide academic support and counseling to all students to help maximize performance. Look for programming throughout the year, or make an appointment to talk to an academic advisor or stop by to sign up for tutoring.
The George Washington University Law School supports equal access to education for law students with disabilities in collaboration with The George Washington University Disability Support Services Office (DSS). The law school and DSS have a bifurcated system to address your requests for accommodation. If you wish to request accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability, you must first contact the Disability Support Services Office, located in Rome Hall, Suite 102 to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations. For additional information, you may call 202.994.8250, e-mail general inquiries to: [email protected], or visit https://disabilitysupport.gwu.edu/.
The policy is to provide reasonable accommodation to students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities. In addition, the law school strives to provide accommodations to those students with conditions not necessarily recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as “disabilities,” including pregnancy, covered by Title IX. Reasonable accommodations are defined as those that are consistent with the fundamental nature of the law school’s program of legal education that can be provided without undue financial or administrative burden, and that can be provided while maintaining academic standards. Whether or not a proposed accommodation meets these requirements shall be within the discretion of the law school.
There is a three-step process for registering with DSS:
- Complete a registration form.
- Document your disability. After you have submitted documentation, DSS will review, and should you be eligible to register for accommodations, DSS will send a memo outlining any suggested accommodation to the law school Dean of Students Office.
- Contact the Dean of Students Office. Once a student is determined eligible the student should meet with a member of our office to discuss the implementation of accommodations.
The process for a law student to register for accommodation differs greatly from the University’s undergraduate process due to grading exams anonymously. If you were an undergrad at GW, please follow the instructions for law students. Do not present a law professor with a letter of eligibility from DSS.
If you wish to receive exam accommodations, you must register with DSS in a timely manner that provides notice and proper documentation. Deadlines are established for each semester and summer term: November 15 for fall semesters, April 15 for spring semesters, and June 15 for the summer term.
Recommended Disability Support Resources
In the Fall and Spring semesters, we offer tutoring services for JD students who have completed at least one semester of law school. You may request tutors for up to 2 classes per semester.
Tutors are fellow law students who have previously taken and excelled in the same course with the same professor.
Tutors are NOT available for Fall semester 1L classes, but are available in the Spring. The program is currently not open to LLM students.
Please contact Dan Prestwich with any questions about the tutoring program.
Bar Exam Advising
Please contact Renée DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Academic Development, with any questions about applying to the Bar, or sitting for the Bar Exam.
Recommended Academic Support Resources
- The Incoming One-L FAQ by Charles Glasser
- What Makes Law School so Different for Many New Law Students by Amy Jarmon
- The Five-Minute Law School: Everything You Learn in Your First Year, More or Less by Professor Michael Dorf (FindLaw)
- A Beginner's Guide to Legal Education by Professor James Elkins (archived by Wayback Machine)
- Preparing For Your First Semester Of Law School by Professors Brown and Grohman – CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) Podcast
- How to Read a Legal Opinion by Professor Orin Kerr (11 Green Bag 2d 51 (2007))
- Ten Instructions for Briefing Cases by Professor Paul Bateman
- How to Write a Case Brief for Law School (excerpt from Introduction to the Study of Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition (LexisNexis 2009) by Michael Makdisi & John Makdisi)
- How to Brief a Case (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
- How to Brief a Case (LawNerds)
- Briefing Results in Better Learning by Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau (Suffolk)
- Preparing for Class by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines
- Classroom Preparation by Professors Alan Chen and Celia Taylor (Denver)
- Preparing for Class (Villanova)
- Preparing for Exams by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines
- Tips for Students Taking Law School Exams: Why Students Tend Not to Be Able To Demonstrate the Full Extent of Their Knowledge, and How They Might Do Better by Professor Vikram David Amar
- Kent Syverud's Taking Law School Exams Lecture (65 minute video and related material)
- Taking Multiple Choice Exams by Professor Rogelio Lasso (Washburn)
- Law Exams 101
- So They Don’t Take You
- Pre-Writing Your Exam
- Ten Easy Steps to Legal Research
- Ten Tips for Success on Legal Research and Writing Assignments
- 10 Tips for Better Legal Writing by Bryan Garner
- Legal Writing: Ten Tips from the Trenches by Elizabeth Yeargin
- Legal Research and Writing Tutorials (Georgetown)
- How to Get an "A" in Legal Research and Writing (forum discussion on Top-Law-Schools.com)
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