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Academic Policies

The Academic Policies were published on June 17, 2014. Updates to the site are made throughout the year; those changes are dated and noted in red. All Updates

This site contains current information regarding the Law School’s degree requirements, academic policies and procedures, special programs, examinations and research papers. For additional information, consult the Academic Services/Student Records Office in 107 Slaughter Hall. Policies and procedures contained in this document apply to all law students, including graduate and dual-degree students, and are subject to change. They may be waived only by the assistant dean for academic services and the assistant dean for student affairs. Appeal of any decision by an assistant dean may be made only to the faculty/student Academic Review Committee.

In addition to the information on this site, all law students are responsible for complying with the policies listed in the Graduate Record, a University publication available on the University’s website. The Graduate Record has important information on the University of Virginia, tuition, fees, financial aid, regulations governing graduate law and dual-degree programs, policies that apply to all University students and the honor system.

I. Academic Policies and Procedures

A. Attendance
B. Class Rank
C. Complaint Policy
D. Concurrent Enrollment at Other Institutions
E. Degree Requirements
F. Disability Accommodation
G. Eligible Faculty Supervisors
H. Employment
I. Grading System
J. Leave of Absence
K. Summer Courses at Other Law Schools
L. Transfer Students
M. Upper-Level Writing Requirement
N. Visiting at Other Law Schools
O. Withdrawal from the Law School

II. International Programs

A. International Dual-Degree Program
B. International Exchange Programs
C. Law Courses at Foreign Universities
D. Student-Initiated Study Abroad

III. Special Programs

A. Dual-Degree Programs
B. External Dual-Degree Programs
C. Externships
D. Third-Year Thesis Program

IV. Research Papers

A. Original Work Required
B. Multiple Submissions
C. Deadlines and Extensions
D. Late Submissions

V. Examinations

A. Final Exam Schedule
B. General Rules
C. Computer Policies
D. Honor Pledge
E. Exam Types and Distribution
F. Exam Submission
G. Late Exams
H. Fire Alarm and Power Outages
I. Exceptions

VI. Courses and Course Enrollment

A. Adding and Dropping Courses
B. Auditing Courses
C. Course Load
D. Course Withdrawal
E. Courses in Other University Departments
F. Directed Research
G. Course Enrollment Procedures
H. Independent Research
I. January Term Courses
J. JAG School Courses
K. Mutually Exclusive Courses
L. Prerequisite Courses
M. Repeating Courses
N. Short Courses
O. Time Conflicts
P. Yearlong Courses

VII. Academic and Non-Academic Student Conduct Requirements

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