Student Relations

Disability Accommodations

Whittier Law School’s policy and practice is to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Qualified students who have disabilities will be given reasonable accommodations, including academic adjustment and auxiliary aids where appropriate, determined to be necessary to ensure the student’s access to the school’s overall educational program.

The Executive Assistant to the Dean, and our ADA Coordinator, is available to answer questions regarding disability support services (714-444-4141, ext. 110). Students wishing to request accommodations should contact Catherine Kennedy (714-444-4141, ext. 110 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to learn more about the process of applying for academic accommodations during law school. Students are encouraged to initiate their request as early as possible to allow adequate time to review requests and documentation and make proper arrangements.

A student requesting accommodation because of a disability must provide current professional verification certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, audiologist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation counselor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other professional health care provider who is qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. The verification must reflect the student’s present level of functioning of the major life activity affected by the disability and must provide data that support the request for the particular academic adjustment sought.

All students requesting accommodation must complete Form A – Petition for Law School Accommodations. In addition to Form A, all students petitioning for accommodation must submit a verification form that supports their petition on the basis of a particular disability (or in the case of more than one disability, all disabilities for which accommodations are sought). A description and copy of each Form is listed below.

We realize that the application process may seem daunting at first glance, but we are here to assist you throughout the process. As stated above, students with questions are encouraged to meet with the Executive Assistant to the Dean and also to initiate their request for accommodations as early as possible so that the Law School will have adequate review time.

The Whittier Law School campus is entirely handicapped accessible and meets with all ADA standards.

Policy for Students and Applicants with Disabilities (in PDF format)

  • Form A (Petition for Law School Accommodations)
  • Form B (Physical Disability Verification)
  • Form C (Learning Disability Verification)
  • Form D (AD/HD Verification)
  • Form E (Psychological Disability Verification)