Getting Connected with Disability Services
Georgetown Law is committed to providing reasonable academic adjustments and accommodations for students with disabilities. Students who wish to request an accommodation are responsible for reviewing the summary below and reading the policy for requesting accommodations at the Law Center.
Students seeking accommodations for a temporary condition should follow the instructions on the Temporary Conditions page. Students seeking additional information can consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.
To Register and Request Accommodations – Process Summary
Step 1. Contact the Office of Disability Services
Upon acceptance to the Law Center, both J.D. and LL.M. students with disabilities should contact the Director of Disability Services by email.
Mara Bellino, the Director of Disability Services advises students with physical, chronic health, psychological and other disabilities.
Annemarie Bresson, the Assistant Director of Disability Services and Wellness, advises students with cognitive disabilities (learning disabilities, ADHD) and implements accommodations (e.g. note-taking and course recording assistance) for student with disabilities.
Step 2. Submit Appropriate Documentation
Students are strongly advised to register with the Office of Disability Services upon matriculation into the Law Center; it can take ten business days or more to review documentation and implement the requested accommodation.
- Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Documentation Guidelines for Physical Disability or Chronic Health Conditions
- Documentation Guidelines for Psychological/Psychiatric Conditions
Students can submit letters verifying accommodations received during their previous educational experiences (i.e. high school, college, etc.) as well as accommodation memos for standardized examinations (i.e. SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT). Such supporting documents serve to demonstrate history of accommodation; they are not a substitute for medical documentation in accordance with University documentation guidelines.
Please note: Students who want to meet with Disability Services before submitting documentation, are most welcome! Additionally, please contact the Office of Disability Services by email if you have any questions about appropriate documentation or the registration process.
Step 3. Meet with the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services
After reviewing your documentation and consulting clinicians (when necessary and with approval), the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services will contact you for an intake appointment to discuss your disability, accommodation request and next steps.
A student who disagrees with any accommodation decision made by the Office of Disability Services may make an appeal. The full appeals process is detailed in the the policy for requesting accommodations at the Law Center.
While students are encouraged to resolve any disagreements as to appropriate accommodations either through informal communication with the Office of Disability Services or through the appeals process, students are also welcome to bring grievances to Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (“IDEAA”). IDEAA reviews alleged violations of the University’s Non Discrimination in Education Policy, including allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability. The University encourages any victim of unlawful discrimination and harassment to report the incident and seek redress through IDEAA’s Grievance Procedures. A student need not have exhausted the Law Center’s appeals process to report concerns to IDEAA.
Animals on Campus
Animals are generally not permitted in University buildings with some exceptions, such as service and assistance animals determined to be a reasonable accommodation by the Office of Disability Services, among others. The information below is intended to help students, employees, and visitors understand the difference between various kinds of animals, where they are permitted, and when they may be removed.
Please see the Georgetown Law Animal Policy.
For additional information regarding service and assistance animals, review the University’s Guidelines for Services and Assistance Animals.