Frequently Asked Questions
The midterm and final exam schedules are located on the intranet and are updated as exams draw near.
Yes, under certain circumstances you may add or drop courses after the deadline. Please either:
- Fill out an “Add/Drop Card” and return it to the Registrar’s Office. Add/Drop Cards are available at the Registrar’s Office.
- Email your professor to request their permission to add/drop their course. If the professor grants permission to add/drop, please forward their email granting permission to the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you use SISWEB to view your grades, you may see “W0” codes listed next to courses you dropped. SISWEB is intended to be a full audit of your enrollment, and for your personal viewing only, it includes more information than what is included on your official transcript. If you enrolled in a course, but later dropped the course, SISWEB will display a “W” code instead of a grade. It’s typically a “W” and a number, such as “W03” or “W09”, and it is displayed in the same location where a grade would be displayed. This is only displayed on SISWEB and is for your viewing only. Had you been dropped in error, this would be your way of knowing. Courses with “W” codes will not be displayed on your official transcript. Only courses you completed and received a grade for will be included on your official transcript.
To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 10 units. Please see the Registration page for information on full-time status.
No. Students cannot defer units to another term or academic period. All work must be enrolled and appear on the student’s transcript for the academic period in which the student engaged in the activity.
Can I waive the units or “volunteer” for a co-curricular activity if I do not have enough units available?
No, students cannot volunteer or waive credit when participating in a credit-bearing co-curricular activity. Students are required to enroll for credit in all credit-bearing activities.
Yes, students may complete more than 20 units of non-classroom-based/non-law courses as long as the student also takes at least 68 classroom-based law units. This means students who engage in and complete more than 20 units of co-curricular activities will graduate with an excess number of units (beyond the 88 units required).
To fulfill the writing requirement (Law School Regulation 1.4C), you must write an individually authored work of rigorous intellectual effort of at least 20 typewritten, double-spaced pages, excluding footnotes. At least one draft of the paper is required to be exchanged between student and professor and feedback should be incorporated before the final submission of the paper. Once completed, please fill out the Writing Requirement Certificate of Completion and return it to the Registrar’s Office. You may also email your professor to request their approval and forward their approval to our office at email@example.com.
Regulation 1.5 indicates that students are expected to attend class. If attendance will be factored into the final grade for a course, the professor will indicate the attendance policy in the course syllabus. Whether a professor factors attendance in to the grade or not, a professor can bar a student from sitting for an exam if the student did not attend class.
If a student has an unforeseen circumstance (illness, funeral, wedding, family emergency, job interview, court appearance, etc.) which prevents the student from attending class, the student should notify the professor directly, for missing assignments and materials. The professor may notify the Registrar if they would like the student to provide supporting documentation as “proof” of an unforeseen circumstance, before excusing a student from class.
Absences which are avoidable and/or related to a scheduling conflict would not be “excused” absences and the student should work with the professor directly for missing work or assignments.
During the first week of classes there are additional attendance policies related to over-enrolled courses. Please review the information on the Registration page for additional attendance policies for over-enrolled courses.
All students considering withdrawing from King Hall should meet with Dean Scivoletto as their first step. Students should review Article V of the Law School Regulations. Additionally, students who use Financial Aid and loans should speak to the Financial Aid Office prior to making the decision to withdraw. Please contact the Law School Registrar’s Office to complete a Withdrawal petition.
Students who wish to take a semester off should meet with Dean Scivoletto as their first step. Students should review Article V of the Law School Regulations. Additionally, students who use financial aid and loans should speak to the Financial Aid Office prior to making the decision to take a semester off. To initiate a leave of absence process, please contact the Registrar’s Office to complete a Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) form. Students may PELP for two semesters.
The Student Disability Center (SDC) coordinates disability accommodations for all UC Davis students, including law students. Students seeking accommodations must register with, and provide appropriate documentation to, the Student Disability Center, which will then provide recommendations to the Registrar’s Office for each approved student. We encourage students to contact the SDC as early as possible. You can submit documentation or contact the SDC at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website to learn more.