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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 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.

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.

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.  Its 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 information is posted to let you know, when everyone else in the course received a letter grade, you did NOT receive a grade because you were withdrawn from the class.  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.  The 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.  We recommend viewing your unofficial transcript for grade information.