The Office of Disability Services (ODS) works in partnership with Law Center faculty, staff and students to ensure classrooms, materials, and events are accessible to students with disabilities. ODS determines reasonable accommodations for students with a variety of disabilities including impaired speech, hearing, vision, or mobility. We support students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, physical disabilities, chronic health disabilities, and mental health conditions.
Applicants with disabilities may request accommodations in the admissions process by contacting the Office of Admissions at (202) 662-9010.
Interactive Registration Process
Step 1: Complete the ODS Registration Form and upload, mail, fax or hand deliver documentation in accordance with the Disability Documentation Guidelines ten business days before the requested accommodation is to be implemented (and at least ten business days before the final exam period begins).
Step 2: Following documentation review, ODS will reach out to schedule an intake meeting to discuss the student’s disability and request for accommodations. While students may request accommodations any time during the semester, information review and accommodation implementation may take up to 3-4 weeks. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive.
Accommodation determinations are made independently at different institutions. A student who received accommodations at an a different institution is not guaranteed the same exact accommodations at the Law Center. The accommodation process for students studying abroad may or may not look similar to the process in place at the Law Center.
ODS also facilitates modifications for students with temporary disabilities (e.g., broken limbs, hand injuries, concussions) on a short term basis. Students should email email@example.com to schedule a meeting to discuss reasonable accommodations and submit documentation from a treating physician that includes a diagnosis, severity, limitations, prognosis, and estimated duration of the disabling condition.
The Gewirz Student Center includes on-campus apartments with a range of accessibility features. Students requesting an accommodation for on-campus housing must register with ODS prior to the housing selection process. Requests approved after the housing lottery will be honored subject to available space and resources.
Any student who disagrees with an accommodation determination made by ODS may appeal as outlined in the Policy for Requesting Accommodations at the Law Center. Students are encouraged to resolve any disagreements as to appropriate accommodations either through informal communication with ODS or the appeals process. Students may also bring grievances to Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA). Review the IDEAA website for more information.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities. This prohibition includes discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. Students may direct requests for adjustments to Mitchell C. Bailin, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Review Georgetown’s Title IX and Pregnancy website for additional information. In a situation where a pregnancy-related complication rises to the level of a disability, a student may submit documentation in accordance with the Documentation Guidelines that supports a request for accommodations. ODS will reach out to schedule a meeting to discuss potential accommodations.
MPRE and Bar Exam
Georgetown Law Center’s process for requesting accommodations is not necessarily reflective of what a student will experience for the MPRE or the Bar Exam. It is highly recommended that accommodation requests for the MPRE or the Bar Exam be submitted at least 4-6 weeks prior to the submission deadline to allow for processing of requests. Students registered with ODS should email email@example.com for a letter verifying their history of accommodations at the Law Center and reach out to schedule a meeting for support in the application process as needed. Students may also review the National Conference of Bar Examiners: How to Apply for MPRE Test Accommodations and the ABA Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities for additional information.