Student Handbook: Section IV

Withdrawal and Re-entry to the Law School


§ 4.1  Withdrawal or Transferring From the Law School

To withdraw from the Law School in good standing (either during or between semesters), the student must complete an online withdrawal form. The withdrawal form is required whether the student is permanently withdrawing, withdrawing for one or more semesters with the intention of returning to Chicago-Kent, or transferring to another law school. If a student withdraws during a semester, the student must also drop all of his or her courses using the online registration system. To reenter the Law School in a later semester, the student should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs. The next sections of the Handbook set forth the rules regarding reentry.

§ 4.2  Reentry Before Completion of One Semester

(a) A student who withdraws from the Law School with good cause before the completion of one semester may automatically reenter the Law School the next Fall semester in the division in which the student was originally enrolled, provided the student notifies the Assistant Dean for Admissions in writing of his or her intention to reenter by May 15 of the next year. If notification is not received by May 15, reentry shall be permitted on a space-available basis only. Good cause will be determined by the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs at the time of the withdrawal and includes, but is not limited to, medical or financial hardship. The reasons for the withdrawal must be set forth on the Withdrawal form.

(b) A student who withdraws from the Law School without good cause before the completion of one semester will be considered a new applicant and may reenter only with the approval of the Admissions Committee and must comply with all the steps and procedures required of all new applicants to the Law School.

§ 4.3  Reentry After Completion of One Semester, But Before One Year

(a) A student who withdraws with good cause after completion of the first semester but before completion of the first year may automatically reenter the Law School within two years from the time of withdrawal in the same division in which the student was originally enrolled, provided the student notifies the Assistant Dean for Admissions in writing of his or her intention to reenter by May 15 of the year of reentry. If notification is not received by May 15, readmission shall be permitted on a space-available basis only. Good cause will be determined in the manner provided in §4.2(a).

(b) A student who withdraws without good cause after completion of the first semester but before completion of the first year, or a student who withdraws with good cause after one semester but does not reenter within two years, may reenter only with the approval of the Admissions Committee and must comply with all the steps and procedures required of all new applicants to the Law School.

(c) In the event of readmission under §4.3(a) or (b) within two years, the grades earned in completed courses will appear on the transcript and will be counted in the student's GPA. In the event the student is readmitted by the Admissions Committee more than two years after the student withdrew, the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs will determine which grades and credits earned in completed courses, if any, will be reflected on the transcript and will be counted in the student's GPA.

§ 4.4  Reentry After Completion of at Least One Year

(a) A student in good standing after completion of at least one year may be absent from the Law School for any reason for a maximum of four academic semesters. A Summer session does not constitute an academic semester. An "absent semester" includes any semester in which a student withdraws or fails to register. The "absent semesters" may be consecutive or non-consecutive. A student who has not been absent more than four semesters is entitled to automatic readmission.

(b) If a student who has been absent four semesters wishes to be absent an additional semester, the student must petition the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs before the next absent semester begins, setting forth the reasons an additional absent semester is requested. The Assistant Dean may grant approval for an additional absent semester upon a showing of good cause. If the petition is not approved, the student may reenter only with the approval of the faculty. Good cause will be determined in the manner provided in §4.2(a).