Disability Support Services

Disability Support

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:

  1. Complete a registration form. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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

American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights 

Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities

Job Accommodation Network