Leaves of Absence
Leave of Absence
A student who must drop all classes for good cause, such as death or illness of a family member, job change, active duty assignment in the armed forces or other good cause, may apply for leave of absence for personal reasons for a period of up to one year. A leave of absence will be granted freely.

A student may not register for any course work while on leave of absence, but may make up any deferred final examinations and complete any incomplete seminar papers, course papers or directed research papers outstanding on the date the leave of absence was granted. Leave of absence will normally be granted for a period of one academic semester. However, a first year student who takes a leave of absence after completion of the first semester, must take a leave of absence for one year. If a student on leave of absence wishes to extend the leave of absence for an additional semester, the student must submit a written request for extension together with evidence to support the need for the extension.

Medical Leave of Absence
Any student may apply for medical leave of absence from the Law School for good cause. "Good cause" includes treatment by a residential treatment center, a physician, a psychologist or a drug counselor for substance abuse. An application should be submitted on a Dean's Action Request form, together with a letter from a physician, psychologist or drug counselor, stating that medical leave of absence is in the best interest of the student's physical or psychological well-being.

Medical leave of absence will normally be granted for a period of one academic semester. If a student on medical leave of absence wishes to extend the leave of absence for an additional semester, the student must submit a written request for extension, together with a physician's, psychologist's or drug counselor's letter stating that an extension would be in the best interest of the student. Medical leave of absence does not count toward the five year or six year requirement for completion of legal studies.

A student who has been charged with a crime involving the possession of a controlled or uncontrolled substance with intent to distribute or sell, or a student charged with trafficking will not be allowed to take medical leave of absence due to substance abuse, unless charges are dismissed.