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Student & Diversity Services is dedicated to providing education, service, and support to ensuring all students have an equal opportunity for success. We will work with you to find the best approach for your education. 

California Western provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities in accordance with applicable law and the Law School's Policy and Procedure for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Policy and Procedures for the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities

To Get Started:

  1. Complete and submit the Accommodations Request Application to Student & Diversity Services. Due to the time needed for processing, documenting, reviewing, evaluating and approving accommodation requests, students should use all reasonable efforts to submit such requests 30 days prior to the last day of classes. While the Law School makes its best effort to process a student's petition for accommodation if submitted beyond that deadline, petitions received less than one week prior to the start of the exam period may be denied if there is insufficient time to gather and review the appropriate documentation, evaluate possible accommodations, or to implement an accommodation. 
  2. If needed, give your physician or qualified professional the Release Form and Professional Verification (included in the packet). The qualified professional must include supporting documentation to verify the student's disabilities, and submit documents via mail, fax (619-615-1448), or email (StudentServices@cwsl.edu). 
  3. Student & Diversity Services will contact applicants who completed steps 1-3 via email to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services. 
  4. California Western will provide reasonable accommodations based on consultation with the student and medical professional recommendation. 

All students are encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean of Student & Diversity Services to discuss questions about the process or to discuss specific classroom or exam accommodations.

Students granted permanent accommodations are not required to submit an additional request, unless they are requesting new or revised accommodations. Students granted temporary or transitory accommodations are required to meet with the Assistant Dean each trimester.

Disabled students are encouraged to start early in their 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. 


Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact California Western's ADA Coordinator:

Susan G. Finster
Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services
Second Floor, 225 Cedar Street
Email: StudentServices@cwsl.edu
Phone: 619-515-1576

If you have Section 504 grievance questions or complaints, please contact:

Susan G. Finster
Assistant Dean for Student & Diversity Services
Second Floor, 225 Cedar Street
Email: StudentServices@cwsl.edu
Phone: 619-515-1576