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Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students oversees a wide range of programs and activities, but our purpose is singular and focused in nature – to provide assistance when you need it and to enrich your experience as a Seton Hall Law student. We take your academic success and personal and spiritual well-being as seriously as you do. Need assistance with a housing, medical, academic issue, or some other matter? We are here to help you. Want to expand your learning beyond the classroom? We oversee nearly 40 student organizations and also can help if you have an idea for a special program or event. Need to improve your academic skills? Take part in our Academic Success Program. We also provide academic counseling to help you improve your grades. Have a question about course evaluations, student insurance, or how to publicize a law school event? We can provide you with answers. We also want to hear your ideas and suggestions.

At Seton Hall Law, we strive to maintain a supportive, nurturing community where you can succeed academically and gain the skills to move forward in your career as a lawyer. The services we provide are an important part of our culture. We have created this Web site to assist you, and hope that you will be able to use it as a tool throughout your law school career. Also please visit us whenever you need assistance, have a question, or would just like to talk.

  • Counseling Services

    Professional counselors from University’s Counseling Services are available to meet with students at the Law School on Monday (by appointment) or at the Seton Hall University Campus in South Orange.

    Counseling Services also provides assistance with alcohol and other addictions. In addition to individual counseling, group workshops are held throughout the year on matters like handling stress, time management, etc. Students are encouraged to use these services to help them cope with the problems and stress of law school as well as any personal problems they may encounter.

    To schedule an appointment, contact the University Counseling Services office at 973-761-9500. All matters are kept in strict confidence.

    New Jersey Lawyer Assistance Program provides free confidential services for law students with alcohol, drug and gambling issues. NJLAP can also be contacted at 1-800-24-NJLAP (246-5527).

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Toolkit for Law Schools & Law Students provides information on substance abuse and mental health, previously developed by the CoLAP Law School Assistance Committee and the ABA Law Students Division. Access areas of interest, pertinent articles and links to further resources here.

    For other assistance, please feel free to stop by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students, or contact Andrea Cascarano, Assistant Dean of Students at 973-642-8523, or contact Father Nicholas Gengaro, the Law School Chaplain, at 973-642-8859.

  • Spirituality

    The Chaplain's Office may not seem large within the constellation of a top-notch law school. Yet in unseen—but powerful—ways a healthy and vibrant spiritual environment supplies the sturdy framework within which students, faculty, administration, and staff can thrive in their faith and the study and teaching of the law. As a Catholic institution, Seton Hall seeks to provide a home for the mind, heart, and spirit. The mission of the Chaplin’s Office is to assist with the growth, rejuvenation, and refreshment of the spirit not only for Catholics but for people of all faiths.

    Pastoral counseling, guidance in matters moral and spiritual, and meetings with students on an informal basis are important components of our ministry. My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You also can make an appointment with me by contacting Sharon Carone at 973.642.8511 or caronesh@shu.edu.

    Along with the Chaplain’s Office, Seton Hall Law provides a diverse range of offerings to assist students with the development of their spiritual life. Our hope is that here you will find a place where your faith may flourish within the serenity of a supportive spiritual community.

    Father Nicholas Gengaro

  • Disability Support and Accommodations

    OUR MISSION

    Disability Support Services (DSS) provides students with disabilities equal access to all Seton Hall University programs and activities, while raising campus-wide awareness of issues impacting this student population.  DSS works collaboratively with academic departments and student affairs offices to engage and support the intellectual and social development of students with disabilities.  To this end, DSS employs policies and programing to promote academic excellence, the development of self-advocacy skills, and increased student leadership opportunities.

    Seton Hall University coordinates reasonable accommodations and services for undergraduate, graduate and professional students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, and the New Jersey Law against Discrimination (NJLAD).

    Disabilities including but not limited to:

    1. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    2. Learning Disabilities
    3. Chronic Medical Conditions
    4. Psychological Disabilities
    5. Traumatic Brain Injuries
    6. Mobility Impairments
    7. Hearing Impairments
    8. Vision Impairments
    9. Temporary Injuries & Medical Conditions

    Any student who requires accommodations related to preparation for or attending class should contact the Office of Disability Support no later than August 1.

    The deadline for submitting applications (including reports from physicians, psychologists and other professionals) to Disability Support Services to establish eligibility for accommodations on exams for the Fall semester is on or about November 1st and on or about April 1st for the spring semester. This deadline ensures that the documentation review process will be completed and accommodations in place in time for final exams.

    If you have contacted DSS in any semester before these dates and are in the process of obtaining new or additional documentation this deadline does not apply.

    Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for students who sustain temporary or sudden injuries after the deadline.

    If you are unable to meet this deadline, please Cara Foerst, Dean of Students immediately. In addition, if you do not meet the deadline you are not precluded from applying for accommodations for a subsequent semester.

    If you have previously submitted documentation to DDS demonstrating a disability and they have determined that accommodations are necessary this deadline does not apply to you. Those students who have already received or have been notified that they will be receiving accommodations just need to complete this form every semester they are enrolled at the law school http://law.shu.edu/Students/academics/Request-for-Special-Exam-Accommodation.cfm.

    Please visit the DSS website for information on how to register, including the required forms and documentation guidelines: https://www.shu.edu/disability-support-services.

    TEMPORARY IMPAIRMENT or DISABILITY

    Students may suffer from acute conditions or injuries that require accommodation. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Office of Disability Support, may grant reasonable accommodations for such circumstances. If the impairment is known sufficiently in advance of exams, students should apply for such accommodations by the enumerated deadline for the Request for Special Accommodations form in that semester. A request for accommodations due to temporary impairment should be supported by a physician's documentation. 

    To make an appointment to meet with Andrea Cascarano, Acting Assistant Dean of Students, please call 973-642-8707.

    For more information, contact the Disability Support Services as follows:

    Disability Support Services (DSS)
    Seton Hall University
    Duffy Hall Room 67
    400 South Orange Ave.
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    Phone: 973-313-6003
    Fax: 973-761-9185
    DSS@shu.edu

    http://www.shu.edu/offices/disability-support-services-index.cfm