Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

A law student who wishes to withdraw from the University after completing registration for a semester must secure approval from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. A law student may withdraw with the approval of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs through the last class day of the semester.

The withdrawal form is available in the Student Affairs Office.  Students who plan to return to the Law School should also complete a Leave of Absence form.

Returning to the Law School

A student who has earned fewer than nine semester hours of credit in the School of Law, has withdrawn, and then wishes to resume studies, must reapply for admission to the School of Law. The reapplication for admission is handled and evaluated as if it were an initial application. If it is determined that the student withdrew for good cause, his or her eligibility for admission is judged by the standards in effect at the time of the previous admission.

A student who has withdrawn from the School of Law after receiving nine or more semester hours of credit may be readmitted to the school if he or she was in good standing at the time of withdrawal. Such a student is not subject to the admission selection process; however, he or she must submit an application for readmission to the University.

A student who has withdrawn or taken a leave of absence from the School of Law while he or she was on scholastic probation must have permission of the Dean of the School of Law to return. Such a student must also submit an application for readmission to the University. A student readmitted under this rule with the permission of the Dean will continue on scholastic probation. Refer to the School of Law website for details relating to the Probation and Dismissal policy.

Retroactive Withdrawal

A law student who wishes to leave the University for non-academic reasons is expected to withdraw during the current semester. Requests to withdraw after the semester is over are considered only if the student was somehow unable to withdraw. For example, students who were hospitalized or incarcerated, called away at the end of the semester because of a family crisis, asked to perform military service, or seriously debilitated by mental illness may be unable to withdraw during the semester in which they are enrolled.

In these cases, students may discuss the situation with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. If there is sufficient and compelling documentation, and if the request for retroactive withdrawal is submitted during the next long semester (e.g., a request for retroactive withdrawal of Spring 2009 must be submitted during the Fall 2009 semester), the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will review the request and consider approval of a retroactive withdrawal. Appropriate documentation could include written recommendations from University Health Services and the Counseling and Mental Health Center.

In summary, the University’s expectation is that students who leave the University for non-academic reasons will attend to withdrawal in a timely manner, that is, during the semester in which they are enrolled or during the next long semester if there are compelling non-academic reasons. A college or school may approve an appeal for retroactive withdrawal for a semester long past, but only for the most compelling non-academic reasons.