Discontinuing or Postponing Legal Studies
Separation from the School of Law may be for a fixed period of time - this is a leave of absence; or for a final cessation of studies at the school of law - this is a withdrawal. Students transferring to another law school would request a withdrawal.
A student may seek to withdraw from the School of Law at any time prior to the commencement of the final examination period. If approved, such students receive neither credit for, nor are charged with, any failure in any courses taken in the semester from which they withdraw. If the withdrawal occurs in the second semester these same regulations shall apply to full-year courses, except when arrangements for partial credit are made.
Leaves of Absence
A student may seek a leave of absence from the School of Law at any time prior to the commencement of the final examination period. If approved, such students receive neither credit for, nor are charged with, any failure in any courses taken in the semester from which they leave. If the request for the leave is for a future term (or terms), the student is expected to complete the current term in which they are enrolled. If a student takes a leave of absence from the School of Law after completion of one semester of a course scheduled throughout the academic year, upon readmission he or she may be permitted, under certain circumstances, to complete such courses as if the leave had not occurred. Approval to continue year long course work may be granted by the Assistant Dean of Students. In determining whether or not this privilege will be granted, the following factors will be considered:
- changes in the content of the course
- the time elapsed since the course was originally taken, but ordinarily the privilege will not be granted to a student whose absence from the Law School has exceeded one year;
- the instructor's evaluation of the student's performance when the first semester of the course was originally taken (if known).
Note: Credit is ordinarily not given for one semester of a full-year course. In a case deemed appropriate by the instructor, however, arrangements may be made for such partial credit. Grades may be entered separately for each semester or a single grade may be entered for the year, at the election of the instructor, for courses scheduled throughout the year.