Apr 01, 2023  
2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling & Advising

Academic Advising

The Associate Dean and the Director of Student Affairs, Law School are available for private academic advising throughout the year. All JD students are invited to seek advice regarding course selection, progress towards degree completion, or general academic concerns. JD students entering their final year of study are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to ensure they are on track to graduate.

To schedule an in-person or telephone appointment, students should drop by Student Affairs, Law School, room 2333, or call 442-6615. Student Affairs is open until 6:30 pm on Tuesday through Thursday each week during the school terms. Additional evening hours are available upon request.

Students are responsible for enrolling in required courses and monitoring their progress towards completing their degree requirements by their anticipated graduation dates. Academic program evaluations are available on GGU4YOU by accessing “Academic Advising” and then “View My Program Evaluation Report.”

Upper division students may select their own course schedules, as long as they conform to the required course guidelines, unit loads based on their program status, and any conditions imposed by the Academic Standards Committee. Most upper division students take some elective and required courses each semester.

Students should carefully read the following:

The Student Handbook from your year of your matriculation (available online here), particularly the “Academic Standards” section and “Schedules and Course Descriptions” section;

Current course descriptions and syllabi, available on GGU4YOU and the website;

Law School News (available online)

Students are responsible for knowing all information contained in these and other School of Law publications.

General questions about courses and scheduling that are not otherwise addressed in this Handbook or other publications should be directed to the Registrar, Associate Dean or Director of Student Affairs, Law School, faculty advisors for the various certificates of specialization, or LLM or SJD Program Directors. Detailed questions about a particular course should be directed to the instructor or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

International students with questions regarding F-1 and J-1 visas should refer to the “International Students ” section of this handbook for more complete information.

Individual Counseling

  1. Courses
    Whenever possible, a student with a concern about a particular course should discuss the issue with the instructor and, if appropriate, follow up with the Director of the relevant program. If this is not possible, or if these discussions do not resolve the problem, the student should meet with the Associate Dean or Director of Law School, Student Affairs, the LLM Program Director, or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students needing substantive help with course material should contact the course professor and/or the Academic Development Program staff.
  2. Financial Aid
    Students with financial aid concerns should speak directly with a financial aid counselor. If this does not resolve the problem, students should speak with the Director of Financial Aid. Questions or problems with student accounts should be directed to Student Accounting Services.
  3. Personal Concerns
    Students with personal concerns that are interfering or may interfere with their ability to attend classes, study, or take exams should promptly contact the Associate Dean or Director for Student Affairs, Law School to discuss how to address the situation. Student Affairs does not engage in long-term counseling, but may direct students to outside resources to help them resolve their concerns. To schedule an in-person or telephone appointment, students should drop by Student Affairs in room 2333 or call 442-6615. If the situation is urgent, the student should let someone in Student Affairs know that more immediate assistance is needed.

    In addition, students may receive confidential counseling and support through GGU’s Wellness Resources office, which assists law students in successfully managing life situations that challenge their ability to meet personal, academic and career goals. This includes up to twenty individualized, confidential counseling sessions and health education opportunities that encourage effective lifestyle choices and teach skills that will serve students in and out of the classroom. Privacy is always respected, and all records are confidential and maintained separately from academic records.
    1. Counseling services include assessment, short-term counseling, couples/relationship therapy and referral to off-campus resources as needed.

      Wellness Resources is staffed by pre-licensed counselors working under the clinical supervision of a licensed therapist. Student’s first four visits are free, with 16 additional sessions at $20.00 each.

      Interested students can schedule an initial confidential phone consultation one of three ways: Online at GGU4YOU/Wellness Resources/ Schedule an initial consultation; call 415-442-6578 and leave a voice message or email your available time-frames to Wellness@ggu.edu. A Wellness Resources clinical staff member will reach back out to set up an initial in-person appointment.

      Wellness Resources is located in the east wing of the first floor (the GGU Hub), in room 1381.
    2. Intentional Mental Health Education / The Brain Train Series
      Wellness Resources has an ongoing initiative to teach students breath and body tools to help students manage their stress reactivity. These tools help to reduce anxiety which can lead to overwhelm and panic. These simple practices are presented in Labs: Drop-in Mind Management Labs and Power Pause Practice sessions to support optimal performance and confidence on-the-spot. More information is available on GGU4You/ Wellness Resources or contact Lori Granger, LMFT 415-442-7281 or lgranger@ggu.edu.