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The Dropping of Courses

Good Cause

A course may be dropped for good cause prior to the examination with no credit awarded, provided that (1) the course is not required during that particular semester and (2) the student has completed enough credit hours to satisfy the minimum credit hour requirements for the semester and academic year.

First Year Courses

Because courses in the first year are all required, and because the credit hours required in the first year are fixed, no first-year student may drop a first-year course. Legal Practice Skills is a required course in the first year. As such, it may not be dropped. Students who do not complete the assignments of that course on the schedule set by the instructor will receive a grade of “Fail (No Credit).”

Medical Reasons

The Dean of Students, acting in consultation with the Committee on Academic Standing, may, upon timely application, permit a student to drop a course for documented medical or psychological reasons, even if dropping the course would place the student below the minimum credit hour requirements for the semester and year. Academic difficulty alone is not a ground for dropping a course, if dropping the course would place the student below the minimum credit hour requirements for the semester and year, nor is it a ground for failure to complete the assignments in Legal Practice Skills on the schedule set by the instructor.

Late Drops with Faculty Permission

A request to drop an upper-level course after the Add/Drop period has ended requires the permission of the faculty member; an email to the Registrar is sufficient means of submitting approval. Drop requests after October 15 (fall) and February 15 (spring) require the permission of the faculty member and will result in a W (withdrawn) notation on the transcript.  Dropping a course is permissible only until the last day of classes. Drops are not permitted during Reading and Exam Periods.