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Class Attendance

Regular and punctual class attendance is a prerequisite for receiving credit in a course. Pursuant to the pertinent accreditation requirements imposed by the American Bar Association, the faculty has established guidelines for course absences. The Law Center faculty has voted that a student who has more than the number of absences prescribed below shall not be allowed to take the exam or receive credit, regardless of the reason for the absences. The Executive Committee, in exceptional circumstances, can grant an exception to the attendance rule.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • 3-hour courses that meet 3 times/week—9 absences
  • 3 hour courses that meet 2 times/week—7 absences
  • 3 hour courses that meet 1 time/week—3 absences
  • 2-hour courses that meet 2 times/week—7 absences
  • 2-hour courses that meet 1 time/week—3 absences
  • 4-hour courses that meet 4 times/week—14 absences
  • 4-hour courses that meet 3 times/week—10 absences

The requirement to attend classes also applies to Legal Research and Writing (LAW 5021 and LAW 5022), and Advanced Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5609), but the number of classes for those courses may vary from the number normally scheduled for other two-hour courses. The maximum absences allowed in those courses (typically 5) will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Courses Taught by Visiting Scholars

  • 1-hour course that meets 3 weeks (6 classes)—1 absence
  • 2-hour course that meets 6 weeks (12 classes)—2 absences

Summer Semester

  • 3-hour course that meets 5 times/week—8 absences
  • 2-hour course that meets 5 times/week—5 absences

The requirement to attend classes also applies to one-hour courses and all courses taught in the Summer in France Program.

Seminars and Other Special Courses

In seminars and other special courses, the attendance requirement may be higher. Individual professors may impose additional sanctions for absences.

Excessive Absences

A first-year student who accumulates excessive absences in any course shall receive a grade of .7 in the course and shall be required to repeat the course.

A second- or third-year student may, within the time prescribed in the Law Center Academic Calendar and with permission of the Vice Chancellor  of Academic Affairs, withdraw from any course. (Permission will not ordinarily be granted to withdraw from seminars and other courses in which registration is limited).

Students whose absences exceed the applicable maximum will be dropped from the course (if it is non-restricted enrollment course) and a notation to that effect will be printed on the student’s official transcript. If the course is a first-year course or a course with restricted enrollment, the student will be assigned a grade of .7.

Signing Roll Sheets

It is each student’s responsibility to make sure to sign the roll sheet in each class in which the student is present. It is a violation of the Honor Code to falsify information on a class roll sheet in any manner. Such falsification includes, but is not limited to, the following: “back signing” for the dates on which the student was not present; signing for another student who is not present; procuring another student to sign for a student who is not present; and signing or initialing a roll sheet to claim attendance when the student was not actually present in the classroom or missed a substantial portion of the class.

Recording of Classes

Students are not permitted to use tape recorders or any other means of recording classroom proceedings except in unusual circumstances and with the prior approval of each instructor and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.