Adding a course: Upper division J.D. students and LL.M. students may always add a course within the first week of classes. First-year J.D. students may not add courses other than the required first-year courses. Students may not add a course after the term has ended unless the Dean or his/her designee determines that there are extraordinary circumstances that justify such an addition.
Dropping/withdrawing from a course: Students may drop a class before the drop deadline published in the academic calendar unless the instructor imposes a more stringent requirement. If a course is dropped prior to the deadline, no “W” will appear on the student’s transcript and no permission is required. Students may withdraw from courses after the drop-add period with the permission of the Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. If a student withdraws from a class after the drop deadline, a “W” will be recorded on the student’s transcript. J.D. students cannot drop a required course without the permission of the Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs.
First-year students wishing to withdraw from a required course must speak with the Dean of Students.
Registration priority is based on the sum of earned credits plus the attempted credits in the semester during which registration is held. Generally, students with the highest credit totals are given the opportunity to register before those with fewer credits. In cases where there are large numbers of students with equal credit totals, registration priority will be based on a tie-breaker system administered and announced by the Office of the Registrar.
Exceptions to this rule include courses for which students are preregistered, such as required courses for 1L students and preregistration course packages for 2L part time students.
Students enrolled in the weekend program or part-time evening program will receive priority to register for specific courses that are designated at the time of registration.
Registration for some courses requires a student to complete one or more prerequisites or to take a course concurrently. A student must abide by these requirements unless the instructor waives the requirement. Before registering for any course, the student must obtain a waiver from the instructor and inform the Registrar, who will then assist in the registration process. Any student who elects to take a course without the required prerequisite and/or co-requisite course(s) does so at their own risk. Lack of prerequisite and/or co-requisite course(s) will not be considered as a factor in administering any Mitchell Hamline School of Law policies.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to cancel a course on or before the first day of classes due to insufficient enrollment or other compelling circumstances. Students enrolled in the canceled course are notified of the cancellation by e-mail.
A student who audits a course receives no credit or grade for the course. Students may not audit skills courses or clinics. Course requirements for auditors are set by the instructor. All financial and academic regulations that apply to a credit course also apply to an audited course.
A student who audits pays the same tuition as one taking the course for credit except in the following instances: (1) if the audit credits plus the graded credits put the student in the full-time tuition bracket (12 credits or more), the student is charged $500 per-credit for those audit credits that exceed 11 credits; and (2) if the audit credits plus the graded credits put the student in the part-time bracket (8- 11 credits), the student is charged $500 per credit for those audit credits that exceed 7 credits.
Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters:
- Maximum: 15 credits, but students who want to register for more than 8 credits in the summer semester must get advance permission from the Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and in no event may a student register for more than 10 credits in the summer semester.
- Minimum: 8 credits except in summer and in a student’s final semester. The Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs may grant students a one-time exception to the 8-credit minimum for extraordinary circumstances.
J-Term: Maximum: 3 credits
Incomplete grades are issued only with the permission of the instructor. This may include the case of a clinic student who receives a grade of incomplete because s/he has been working on a clinic matter that has not yet been resolved and on which s/he will continue working into the next semester. The instructor determines the new due date, but the new due date may not be deferred later than the end of the following academic semester. If the instructor approves an extension and grade of incomplete (“I”), the student must submit a “Request for Extension and Temporary Grade of Incomplete” form, signed by the instructor, to the Office of the Registrar. If a student fails to complete the required course work by the new, extended due date, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the course (withdrawal not in good standing), after notice to the student and the instructor, unless the instructor chooses to enter a grade.
This rule applies to all MHSL courses, including externships, clinics, and independent projects.
The law school assigns first-year students to sections and registers them for courses. First year students may not register for courses other than required first year courses. This limitation includes, but is not limited to independent research and J-term courses.
Upper-class students obtain registration materials on the web. Registration for fall and summer semesters is in April. Registration for spring semester and J-term is in November. Upper-class students may register for courses through the first full week of classes via their Student Records Login, unless indicated otherwise on the online schedule.
A student will not receive credit for any course in which s/he receives a failing grade (a grade of “F”). A student must retake any required course in which s/he earns an “F”. A student may choose to retake any other course for which s/he received a failing grade. Both the “F” and the repeat grade will be computed as part of the student’s grade point average. Both grades will appear on the student’s transcript. A student may not retake for credit a course in which s/he did not receive a failing grade.
An official withdrawal from the law school is processed by the Dean of Students. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her withdrawal request has been approved and processed. The last date for which tuition is charged is the last date of attendance or the date when the student initially contacts the Dean of Students or his/her designee. The Dean of Students communicates the official withdrawal date to the Finance Office. Students who withdraw from the law school must petition the Admissions Committee for readmission if they wish to return
A student may be withdrawn from the law school if he or she fails to register for at least one credit of coursework for two semesters (fall or spring) consecutively.
If, at the time of withdrawal, a student’s payments exceed the amount of tuition liability, the Finance Office will use the overpaid amount to reduce any financial aid awarded before returning any funds to the student.
Students who plan to withdraw are strongly advised to contact the Finance Office (to discuss student account balance) and the Financial Aid Office (to discuss federal loan repayment requirements/option) to ensure a complete understanding of the financial effect of the withdrawal.
For additional information, see the Tuition and Title IV Refunds page in this Catalog.
The Dean of Students may grant a student a leave of absence due to personal circumstances for up to one academic year. In some circumstances, an extension beyond one year may be approved. A student must petition the Dean of Students in writing for a leave of absence or for an extension of a previously approved leave of absence. After one year or the expiration of an extension, a student on leave will be withdrawn from the law school. The time that a student is on leave will be calculated as part of the 84 months allowed to earn a J.D. Students on leave from the law school are not considered enrolled for financial aid purposes, and their student loans may enter repayment during a leave of absence. Students concerned about the effect of a leave of absence on student loans should contact the Financial Aid Office.