1.5 Class Attendance

Consistent with ABA standards, regular class attendance is required as a condition for receiving course credit. The Faculty Committee on Academic Rules and Petitions has articulated ABA Standard 304(d) concerning student attendance as follows:

  1. Regular class attendance is required as a condition of receiving credit for Law School classes. Each instructor may supplement this general attendance requirement by announcing a more specific attendance requirement for a particular class. It is the obligation of each student to conform to these requirements.
  2. An instructor who observes a student to be in violation of the attendance requirement shall so advise the Dean of Students, who shall promptly notify the student that s/he is in violation of the Law School’s requirement. If a student’s attendance remains unsatisfactory in that course or is at any time thereafter in violation of the general attendance requirement in any other course, the Committee on Academic Rules and Petitions may deny the student credit in the courses, add a memo to the student’s file, withdraw the student’s privilege of membership in the Law School, or take any other appropriate action.
  3. No student shall:
    1. Be employed more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session, (ABA Standards, 304(f));
    2. Maintain a primary residence outside the Chicago metropolitan area while classes are in session; or
    3. Fail to sign a seating chart within two weeks of enrollment in any class (first class for limited enrollment classes).

Upon finding a student in violation of any of these requirements, the Committee on Academic Rules and Petitions may deny the student credit in the course, withdraw the student’s privilege of membership in the School, add a memo to the student’s file, or take any other appropriate action.

PLEASE NOTE: Faculty members are increasingly strict in interpreting what constitutes “regular” attendance. Students have been failed for poor attendance, have been dropped from course rosters, and have been denied credit in courses. In addition, many state bar licensing boards have begun to ask whether an applicant has ever been warned about problems with lateness or absenteeism. If a problem is noted by a faculty member, it will be reported to the appropriate licensing agency.