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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.


  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.


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: [email protected]

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.

Students would be mindful that they may have to be reevaluated by their evaluators in the event that the documentation is outdated or non-compliant with the school's documentation requirements.

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.


To request an accommodation on the basis of a disability or disabilities, you are required to submit to the Director of Student Affairs:

(1) written documentation from a certified practitioner in the field of the disability (the documentation cannot be older than four (4) years for AD/HD or Learning Disabilities; older than six (6) months for all other disabilities), and

(2) If applicable, written 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 email listed above.

Documentation Guidelines


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 in an electronic format
  • Visual assistive technology
  • Computer use during class
  • Priority classroom seating

Applying for Disability-Related Accommodations on the Bar Exam and MPRE

Students who plan on requesting testing accommodations on the Bar Exam should first go to the website of the state where they are taking the exam and familiarize themselves with the application requirements and deadlines.  Information about the New York Bar Exam can be found on its website; individual state Bar Exam requirements can be found on the American Bar Association website. 

Information about requeting accommodations on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) can be found on its website.

Please keep in mind that Fordham Law School's process of providing accommodations is not necessarily reflective of the process for receiving testing accommodations on the Bar exam or MPRE. Each state has its own requirements and due dates to request accommoations.

Students who are updating their documentation for the Law School's accommodations process are strongly encouraged to provide their evaluators with the documentation guidelines for the Bar exam and MPRE.

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

A lactation room is located in the Law School Library in Room 5-132.  It is open during the library's regular hours.  Please visit the Circulation Desk to request the use of this room.  

Please visit the Students as Caregivers page for additional information.

Please visit the Pregnancy and Parenting Resources page for additional campus lactation room locations and information.


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 [email protected]

Health and Personal Wellness

For information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Resources page.

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.  More information on a Fordham YMCA membership can be found by visiting  



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: [email protected]