This Handbook is intended to serve as a collection of major Law School policies, many of which are specific to the Law School and cannot be found in University publications. All Law School students and members of the University community taking classes at the Law School are expected to familiarize themselves with these policies.
Please note that the Student Handbook contains an interpretation of faculty-developed academic policies. For information regarding the genesis and development of academic policies, please contact the Deputy Dean. Questions regarding implementation of academic policies should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students or the Office of the Registrar. For information on non-academic policies contained within the Student Handbook or other questions about the Law School, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students. In addition, please note that the Office of Career Services annually produces a Law Student Manual that provides a full description of policies and procedures applicable to students in the job market.
You will note that the Student Handbook often refers to other publications. More details are available in the Students section of the Law School website, in the Law School’s Announcements, and the University’s Student Manual section on University Policies and Regulations.
Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students regarding any questions about the Law School.
 Lawyer’s Caveats: Please keep in mind that the rules and policies described in this Student Handbook and other University publications are subject to revision at any time. While we do our best to notify students of such changes in a timely manner, it always is best to check if unsure. To the extent that our information may appear to conflict with information in a University publication (e.g., the Announcements, the Student Manual section on University Policies and Regulations), please contact the Office of the Dean of Students for a clarification. Please note that policies change from year to year, so returning students are advised to read the Student Handbook at the start of each new academic year.
To access the Student Handbook or the Summary of Changes to the Student Handbook for 2018-2019, please open the PDF version below or follow the links to the web version.
- Academic Matters
- 1.1 Education Records
- 1.2 Academic Rules
- 1.3 Degree Requirements
- 1.4 Academic Support
- 1.5 Bigelow Program
- 1.6 Class Attendance
- 1.7 Clinical and Experiential Programs
- 1.8 Externships
- 1.9 Course Evaluations
- 1.10 Learning Outcomes
- 1.11 Course Planning
- 1.12 Doctoroff Business Leadership Program
- 1.13 Registering for Classes
- 1.14 Independent Research
- 1.15 Writing Requirements for J.D. Students
- 1.16 Experiential Learning Requirement
- 1.17 Exam Policies
- 1.18 Grading
- 1.19 Dual Degrees
- 1.20 Journals
- 1.21 Policy for New Journals
- 1.22 Moot Court
- 1.23 Programs & Publications
- 1.24 Visiting Another School
- 1.25 Academic Leaves
- 1.26 Administrative Withdrawls
- 1.27 Religious Observances and Class Recording
- 1.28 Use of Personal Electronic Devices During Class
- 1.29 Kapnick Leadership and Professionalism Initiative
- 1.30 Master of Legal Studies Program
- 1.31 International J.D. Students
- Administrative Matters
- Computer Services
- Disciplinary Procedures
- Financial Matters
- Grievance Policy
- Student Concerns Regarding ABA Accreditation Standards
- Student Travel Policy
- University Policies