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Policies and Procedures

Below is a list of all the topics on which you can find information on policies and procedures. The Policies and Procedures page is in the process of being updated. For questions about information not contained below, contact the Dean of Students Office at lawdos@umn.edu.


Attendance - Class (See Academic Rule 1.1, ABA Standards 304(b) and 304(d))

Attendance and participation required. Academic Rule 1.1 and ABA accreditation standards require students’ regular class attendance and adequate preparation, starting with the first scheduled day of class. Failure to attend class or obtain instructor permission for an absence may result in a final grade reduction or involuntary withdrawal from the course and a “W” transcript notation. Instructors who adjust grades on the basis of attendance, preparation, participation, or other factors noted in Academic Rule 11.1, will so announce in writing at the beginning of the course. Students who join a class late are responsible for all information about course attendance and participation expectations, whether announced in class or noted in the syllabus.

Class time conflicts. Pursuant to Academic Rule 10.1(d), students may not be registered for two courses that meet at the same time. Concurrent registration in two courses or seminars where there is a time conflict is limited to an actual overlap of no more than 10 minutes per week. If eligible for a conflict exception for two conflicting courses, a student must obtain signatures from instructors of both classes on the Time Conflict Approval Form available on the Current Students website, under “Forms”.

Enrollment requirements (See Rule 10.1(b), 10.2, 10.23, 10.3). Attendance of a class does not constitute enrollment in a course, and does not guarantee enrollment outside of established registration procedures. Instructors do not have discretion to register students in a closed class. Students who do not attend a class for which they are registered are not automatically withdrawn, and the course will continue to appear on the student’s academic record unless the course is dropped by the student in accordance with posted deadlines, or by the instructor or Dean in the case of inadequate attendance. For more information, see Registration—Cancel/Add Courses.

Attendance – Final Examinations (See Academic Rule 11)

Failure to sit for a scheduled final examination will result in failure of a course. The exam and course schedules are published prior to registration each semester, and posted at: http://www.law.umn.edu/current/courseschedules.html. Students are responsible for planning accordingly.

Exam variances. Exam variances, as permitted under Academic Rule 11.24, must be directed to the Dean of Students Office, and NOT to the instructor, in order to preserve student anonymity. Variance instructions are circulated to all students each semester, and barring emergencies, variances are granted only when requested in accordance with published timelines. An Examination Variance form is available under the Forms directory on the Current Students page. In case of emergency near in time to an exam, contact the Dean of Students Office at 612-625-2456 or lawdos@umn.edu, or the Registrar’s Office at 612-625-1845 or lawreg@umn.edu.

Attendance – Required Sessions and Programs

Students may be required to attend mandatory administrative sessions outside normal class hours either as a supplement to a credited exercise, or as part of ethics and professionalism training. Students will receive notice of such required programs via University email. Unexcused absences from such programming may result in: a letter being placed in the student’s file; unsatisfactory completion of the first year program; and/or lack of certification as being in “good standing” at the Law School.


See related policy: Classroom Environment and Use of Electronic Devices