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Frequently Asked Questions

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 his or her 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:

  • either, notify the professor directly for missing assignments and materials if the course does not have an attendance policy in which the student’s absence will negatively impact the student’s grade.
  • or, notify both the professor and the Registrar if missing class will impact the student’s final grade. In order for the absence to be “excused” and therefore not negatively impact the student’s grade, the student will need to supply the Registrar’s Office with documentation to support the need for an absence from class. The Registrar will notify the professor of the excused absence.

Absences which are avoidable and/or related to a scheduling conflict the student would not be “excused” from class and should work with the professor directly for missing work or assignments.

In 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.

Students are required to enroll for credit in all credit-bearing activities. Students cannot volunteer or waive credit when participating in a credit-bearing activity. Under the Faculty Regulation of the School of Law Regulation 1.4(B)(3), the total units in non-classroom or “co-curricular” activities may not exceed 16 units without the deans approval. The regulations do not permit the approval of more than 20 total units in co-curricular activities.

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) in the number of additional co-curricular units completed (over 20). All students are required to complete at least 68 units in classroom-learning courses and up to 20 units (with a petition) in co-curricular activities. Student may complete more than 20 units of co-curricular units, but any units over 20 will not count toward the Juris Doctor degree.

No. All work must be enrolled and appear on the student’s transcript in the academic period in which the student engaged in the activity. Students cannot defer units to another term or academic period.

Students seeking accommodations must register with, and provide appropriate documentation to, the Student Disability Center, which will then provide recommendations to the law school Registrar/Registrar’s Office for each approved student.

Please see the Registration page for information on full-time status.

Students who wish to withdraw from law school (indefinitely) or to take up to two semesters of leave, should review Article V of the Law School Regulations. Please contact the Law School Registrar's Office to complete the Withdrawal Petition or Planned Educational Leave Program form.