Accommodations and Disability Information

Working in close collaboration with the university’s disability services office, the law school is committed to helping students with verified disabilities reach their fullest potential through meaningful accommodations and appropriate counseling. Accommodations are available for both  permanent and temporary disabilities and may include such things as extra time on examinations or note takers for class. All accommodations are provided anonymously, and nothing about the student’s disability or the accommodations goes in the student’s permanent record.

As soon as students are aware of a need for services, as early as the summer before starting law school, they should make an appointment to discuss the process with Janet Madden (Warren Hall, Room 206B; 619-260-2293;

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain accommodations?

Begin by collecting your documentation. Take it with your contact information to the disability services front desk in Serra Hall, Room 300; or, if you prefer, scan your documentation and email it to You will be contacted to set up an appointment. (Serra Hall is the second building west of the law school.) After your meeting, the law school will be sent notification of any accommodations to which you are entitled. For information on what types of documentation are required, consult the disability services website.

When should I apply for accommodations?

As soon as possible, even in the summer before starting law school, to allow plenty of time to get your accommodations approved and in place.

I have a disability, but I’ve never asked for accommodations before. Should I do so now?

Law School presents challenges that may be unlike those you encountered as an undergraduate. See Janet Madden to discuss these issues.

What types of accommodations are available?

The most common accommodations are extra time on exams and note takers for class, but accommodations will be tailored specifically to address your unique case.

Will my professors know I receive accommodations?

Law school exams are graded anonymously, and your professor will not be told that you were accommodated, unless you actively waive confidentiality. You should not approach your professors about your accommodations; instead, meet with Janet Madden to determine appropriate steps.

Will my classmates know I receive accommodations?

Because you may be taking your exams in a different location, it is possible your classmates might question you. To develop strategies for dealing with your classmates, see Janet Madden.

Will future employers know I received accommodations in law school?

Your transcript will contain no mention of any accommodation you may have received.

I have a temporary disability. Can I still get accommodations?

Yes. Contact Janet Madden to discuss the options.

I don’t know if I have a learning disability, but I’m having a lot of trouble with law school even though I’m working harder than ever, so I’m suspicious. What’s my next step?

Make an appointment with Janet Madden to discuss your situation.


Law Student Affairs
Warren Hall, Room 218
Phone: (619) 260-4651
Fax: (619) 260-7715


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