Leaves of Absence, Withdrawals, and Readmission

Time to Complete Law Degree

Pursuant to ABA Standard 311(b):

A law school shall require that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no earlier than 24 months and, except in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the student has accepted transfer credit.

Students considering whether to take a break in their legal studies should keep the above Standard in mind as they contemplate their legal education.

Leave of Absence

A student on leave of absence continues to be considered a student at the School of Law but is not enrolled in courses during the semester(s) in which the student is on leave; a student may request a leave of absence for no more than two semesters.  A leave of absence requires prior approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; students considering a leave of absence should first consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to discuss any academic consequences of a leave.

Students should also be aware that any leave from the institution may have financial aid impact and should consult with the Director of Financial Aid in considering whether to request permission for a leave of absence.  For refund purposes, however, students should consult the Refund and Cancellation Policy located in the Financial Information section of the Catalog.

Withdrawal from the School of Law

A student who withdraws from all academic credits in a given semester and does not intend to return to the School of Law, or who submits withdrawal paperwork indicating that he or she does not intend to return to the School of Law, is no longer considered a student at the School of Law.   Students considering whether to withdraw should first consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to discuss any academic consequences of withdrawal.

Students should also be aware that withdrawing from the institution may have financial aid impact and should consult with the Director of Financial Aid in considering whether to withdraw.  For refund purposes, however, students should consult the Refund and Cancellation Policy located in the Financial Information section of the Catalog.

Readmission

1. Following an Approved Leave of Absence Any student in good standing who discontinues her or his attendance for no more than two regular semesters may resume law studies upon approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Any student in good standing who discontinues her or his attendance for more than two regular semesters shall be deemed to have withdrawn from school.  Withdrawn students must apply to return to the School of Law through the Office of Admission.

2. Withdrawn Students: Any student who withdraws from the School of Law and matriculates at another institution, but subsequently would like to return to the School of Law, must apply through the Office of Admission to return.  Any student who begins the withdrawal process, but decides to remain at the Law School, must contact the Office of the Registrar for reactivation procedures.

3. Administratively Withdrawn Students:  Any student who has been administratively withdrawn must contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of Students to determine the steps necessary to complete graduation requirements.