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Counseling and Services

Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals

Students should consult the Academic Regulations for policies regarding leaves of absence and withdrawals. The Leave/Withdrawal form should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Student Affairs to seek advice on leaves of absence and withdrawals. Students should pay close attention to the refund policy listed on the form.

The Leave/Withdrawal becomes effective upon the date it is approved by Student Affairs. Students will have one week from the effective date to return ID cards to Student Affairs and to remove the contents of their assigned locker. Items remaining in the locker after that date will be discarded. If a student takes a leave, the student should contact Student Affairs upon their return to receive a new locker assignment.

Fill out Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form.

Disability Services

Fordham University School of Law ensures access to qualified students with disabilities in the belief that the legal profession will benefit from the skills and talents of these individuals. The School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits organizations from preventing an otherwise qualified individual with a disability access to or participation in their services, programs and activities.

Definitions

  1. A person with a disability is: any person who (a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; (b) has a record of such impairments; or (c) is regarded as having such impairment.
  2. An otherwise qualified person with a disability is: an individual with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission and participation in the School's educational program and activities.

Procedure

The Law School takes seriously its responsibility to afford students with disabilities equal opportunities and full access to its programs and services in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual to the extent required by law. Fordham recognizes physical and mental disabilities that include mobility, sensory, health, psychological, and learning disabilities. Fordham Law students seeking accommodations for disabilities should contact:

Abel P. Móntez, Esq.
Director of Student Affairs
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Room 4-101 E
New York, NY 10023

Telephone: 212-636-7955
Email: amontez@law.fordham.edu

Early disclosure is essential, to allow sufficient time for review, approval, and implementation of accommodations.

To discuss policies and procedures and establish an appropriate accommodation plan, new law students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Mr. Móntez before fall semester classes begin. In order to receive accommodations, all students are required to register with the Office of Student Affairs each school year and to submit requisite accommodation request forms on a timely basis each semester. First-year and new law students seeking accommodations for the fall semester are required to register with and submit complete documentation to the Office of Student Affairs, no later than the end of the third week of classes; for the spring semester, materials must be submitted no later than the end of the third week of classes. A student's failure to contact the Office of Student Affairs on a timely basis will result in the denial of accommodation requests.

The need and selection for accommodations will be determined on an individual basis, taking into account the nature, extent and severity of the student's disability; the fundamental nature of the academic program or activity; the functional limitations and impact of the student's disability, the student's history of accommodation and academic achievement; and whether the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the Law School.

All accommodations are prospective. No retroactive accommodations are provided. Having received a prior accommodation in an educational or employment setting does not ensure that you will receive the same or any accommodation at the Law School.

Documentation

To request an accommodation on the basis of a learning, mental, or physical disability, you are required to submit to the Director of Student Affairs written documentation (no more than four years old) from a certified practitioner in the field of the disability. If applicable, you are required to provide confirmation of prior accommodations in educational or employment settings (e.g. undergraduate and LSAT accommodations). To ensure confidentiality, requests for accommodations and written verifications of a disability are filed in the Office of Student Affairs, separate from the student's general academic records.

Students seeking accommodations must abide by Fordham University's Documentation Guidelines. Supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Law School's Director of Student Affairs at the address listed above.

Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations that the Law School offers to students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional time for completing exams and papers
  • Individual examination rooms
  • Enlarged reading materials
  • Provision of materials on computer disk
  • Visual assistive technology
  • Priority classroom seating

Temporary Impairments

While our legal obligation relates to disabilities of a substantial and long-term nature, we also consider accommodations for temporary impairments when practical. For more information, contact the Director of Student Affairs.

Lactation Room

Law students and staff may reserve a lactation room, which is located in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 4-101.  The room is available only during the Office of Student Affairs office hours.  The student or staff member must provide her own pump, adapter, and accessories as well as a small cooler or insulated bag.  The room contains a locable door, outlets, chair and table, with a sink close by.  A small refrigerator is available for short-term daily use.  To reserve the room on a regular basis for a semester, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu or at (212) 636-7155.  Other reservation times will be subject to the availability of the room. Other Available Lactation Room Campus Locations.

Amendments to Law School Application

Fordham University School of Law Application Amendments:
All Fordham Law students certify that the information they provided on the application “is true, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge.”

You are also under a continuing obligation to promptly amend your application and notify the Law School if you need to change or have omitted any fact in your initial application. You are also under a continuing obligation to update your application with any instances that occur during law school that you would have been required to disclose during your initial application.

Any misrepresentation or omission of the requested information may be grounds for discipline and expulsion and further such information will be reported to the Committee on Character & Fitness and may be grounds for a delay or denial of admission to the Bar.
Any information provided on your bar application should be consistent with the information contained in your law school application. You must memorialize the disclosures and retain copies with all related documentation (including correspondence with the Law School relating to any amendment) which should be attached to the application for bar admissions.

We strongly urge anyone planning to apply to the New York Bar to review the “Law Student Guide” found on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.


Incoming Admitted Student: Amending your Application with the Admissions Office
During the Admissions process and up to the first day of Orientation, if you need to amend your application, you must contact the Admissions Office.


Current Student or Recent Graduate (who has not yet submitted a Bar Character Application): Amending your Application with the Office of Student Affairs
After the first day of Orientation and prior to submitting a bar character application, if you need to amend your application, you must seek approval(s) for such amendment(s) through the Application Amendment Process
Note: You must have related documentation (letters, citations, court documentation, disciplinary documentation, etc.) in a PDF format before filing a request for an amendment.

Graduate: Seeking an Application Amendment Dean’s Approval Letter
If you are a graduate who has received written notification from a Bar’s Character Committee requesting that you obtain a Dean’s Letter approving an application amendment, you must seek one through the Application Amendment Dean’s Letter Process

You will need to have your Access IT ID available in order to log into LawNet.
Note: You must have related documentation (letters, citations, court documentation, disciplinary documentation, etc.) in a PDF format before filing a request for an amendment.


If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at lawstudentaffairs@fordham.edu

Health and Personal Wellness

Lincoln Center Counseling

Fordham’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is a comprehensive mental health center that is dedicated to promoting the emotional and psychological health and wellness of our students.

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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry offers a variety of programs and opportunities — from retreats to social justice — for you to discover what you believe and find where you belong. 

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Gym Membership Promotion

ln Center Student Promotion 

A limited number of discounted YMCA memberships are available each semester to students registered for classes at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. The cost of the membership is $115 per semester for academic year 2019-2020. Further information and a link to sign up and pay for a Fordham YMCA membership can be found by clicking www.fordham.edu/ymca.  

Spring memberships are expected to be available starting December 1, 2019.

 

Office of Student Affairs

Fordham University School of Law
Office of Student Affairs
150 West 62nd Street
Fourth Floor, Suite 4-101
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7155

Fax: 212-636-7167

Email: LawStudentAffairs@fordham.edu