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College of Law Dates to Remember

Fall Term 2009

August 14-22 New student orientation
August 24 Classes begin
August 28 Add deadline
October 17 Withdraw deadline
October 30 Last day to apply for graduation
December 4 Last day of classes
December 9-22 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 7 New students arrive
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Withdraw deadline
April 26 Last day of classes
April 29-May 12 Final Exams


Early registration, registration, late registration, and drop/add are conducted through LORA. Actual dates and times are listed in the course reference guide. By registering through LORA, the student’s registration is automatically confirmed and he or she will be billed accordingly.
Students should note that if they are full-time day students, they can register for day classes. If, however, a day student wants to register for a required course offered in the evening, he/she must first receive permission from the associate dean of academic affairs. The same is true for evening students regarding required day classes.

Disabled students who notify the Office of Law Records will be assisted in their registration by a staff member.

Through LORA, students are also able to view their complete law school academic records and their financial obligations to the university.


Currently enrolled students may participate in early registration for the subsequent term. Early registration is conducted through LORA beginning in November for the spring term and April for the summer and fall terms. The Office of Admissions handles registration for first-year students. Upper division students wishing to register for first-year courses must also register through the Office of Admissions on the first day of classes.

If a student decides not to return to the university in the semester for which he or she early registered, the student must officially withdraw before the semester begins. (See Withdrawal from the University.) Students with financial obligations to the university are subject to having their early registration cancelled according to the promissory note signed with the Office of Student Finance. Failure to have this hold removed will result in the cancellation of the early registration schedule. Students with a health hold due to remaining immunizations will not be allowed to register early.

Students are referred to the course reference guide which contains specific instructions.


Registration is held at the beginning of the term for new students and for students enrolled in the previous term who did not participate in early registration. Students who early registered may drop or add at registration. Students with financial obligations to the university may not register until such obligations have been satisfied.
Students are referred to the course reference guide which contains specific instructions.
Students with disabilities who notify the Office of Law Records will be assisted in their registration by a staff member.


Late registration is normally held for two days after the designated registration period. A late registration fee is assessed, and a student may be required to pay tuition in full. Students with financial obligations to the university may not register until such obligations have been satisfied.
Students are referred to the early registration or registration booklets which contain specific instructions.


Because of external and internal reportings on enrollments, deadlines for drop/add activity must be strictly enforced. A dropped course is removed from the student’s record.
Registration for the audit grading option may be selected by students during any registration activity or the drop/add period and may not be changed at a later date. Students are referred to the course reference guide which contains specific instructions regarding this selection and other special registration procedures.


Students who do not want to earn university credit for a course may elect to audit the course. Such courses are considered part of the student's term course load and are recorded on the transcript. Regular tuition and fees apply for audited courses. To audit a course, an audit request card signed by the student, his or her adviser, and the instructor must be filed in the Office of Student Records before the last day to add classes. The instructor of the course will advise the student what is expected as an auditor in the class. A course previously audited may be taken for credit by enrolling in the course in a subsequent term. A student may not change his or her status from audit to credit or from credit to audit without permission from his or her adviser and the student's dean's office. Such approval must be filed in the Office of Student Records before the last day to add classes as indicated in the academic calendar for the term. Upon completion of the semester, the audited course will receive a final grade of (AU) Audit, (AI) Audit Incomplete, or (FA) Failed Audit. The revised Auditing policy is effective Fall 2007.


Prior to the deadline for withdrawal stated in the academic calendar in the registration booklet for the term, students may receive an administrative withdrawal from a course. Students receive a W in the course(s). The transaction requires the adviser’s and the instructor’s signatures.
After this administrative withdrawal period, students may petition their instructors no later than two weeks before the last class day. Based on the student’s petition, a faculty member may award a UW or require the student to complete the course. Failure to obtain an administrative withdrawal or to petition the instructor may result in the grade of AF. The decision of the faculty member is recorded on the final grade roster.
Permission to drop Legal Research (LAW L898) or Independent Study (LAW L899) shall require prior written permission of the associate dean for academic affairs.
First-year students are not permitted to drop courses. First-year students cannot drop Moot Court. Other restrictions may exist.


A student who withdraws from the university during a term before taking the final examinations for the term forfeits all credit work done in that term.
To withdraw officially from the university a student must:
1. Obtain a withdrawal form from the Office of Law Records, in the College of Law.
2. Obtain signatures of the designated officials on the withdrawal form.
3. First-year students attempting to withdraw must obtain the signature of the assistant dean of admissions on the withdrawal form.
4. Obtain all needed signatures and return all forms to the Office of Student Records on the main campus.
Students should consult the official university calendar for the tuition refund schedule in the registration booklet for the term.
Those students who withdraw officially from the university on or before the last day for dropping courses as recorded in the academic calendar will have the courses removed from their records. Students withdrawing from the university after the drop period but in the withdrawal period will receive Ws. After the withdrawal period, a grade is assigned by the instructor.
Students who have not completed at least two terms at the time of withdrawal must complete the degree requirements in effect at the time of their re-entry.


A student will be granted a medical withdrawal from the university within the term the student is incapacitated, providing that detailed written documentation is provided by the student’s health care professional to the associate dean for academic affairs.

Any student receiving a medical withdrawal during the term may be required to remain out of class the succeeding term. (This decision will be based on seriousness of illness and time of withdrawal.) Medical withdrawals must be made within the term being requested (during illness).


Students enrolled in a term may apply to the associate dean of academic affairs for a leave of absence for either the next term or the next academic year. Application requires the completion of a leave of absence form available in the Office of Student Records or Office of Law Records. Students returning from a leave of absence are subject to the policies of the bulletin under which they were originally admitted.
A leave of absence is not granted to a student transferring to another school.