California Western is dedicated to providing service and support to ensure that you as a student have an equal opportunity for success. We will work with you to find the best approach for your education. Student & Diversity Services is your campus resource to ensure access to the law school’s classes and programs.
Student & Diversity Services facilitates access by determining reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities in accordance with applicable law and the law school's Policy and Procedure for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities.
We encourage you to contact us to engage in a discussion to identify and remove barriers to your academic experience. We also encourage you to review the law school’s Policy and Procedure for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities. (See CWSL Student Handbook, section D(IV)).
To Get Started
- Complete the Accommodations Request Application.
- Submit completed Request for Accommodations to Student & Diversity Services located on the first floor of the 350 Building or via email to StudentServices@cwsl.edu).
- Please use all reasonable efforts to submit requests 30 days prior to the last day of classes.
- Requests received less than one week prior to the start of the exam period may be denied.
- Everyone and every request is unique. A conversation about your experiences and expectations will help determine if additional information is necessary to support your accommodation requests.
- If needed, give your physician or qualified health care professional the Release Form and Professional Verification (included in the packet). The qualified health care professional must include supporting documentation to verify any disabilities, and submit documents directly to Student & Diversity Services via mail, fax (619-615-1448), or email (StudentServices@cwsl.edu).
- Once we have received your request and supporting documentation from your health care professional, we will contact you via email to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services to engage with you on what adjustments will provide access and support your education.
We encourage you to start early in your law school career to learn and understand the requirements to receive testing accommodations for the MPRE or state bar exam (see links on left hand side of page). Timelines for outside licensing or testing agencies may differ significantly from policies and procedures at California Western.
If you have questions or a 504 grievance, please contact California Western's ADA Coordinator:
Susan G. Finster
Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services
Student Center, 350 Building First Floor
Phone: (619) 515-1576