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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.


Withdrawal (from a Course)

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Withdrawal (from the Law School)

Students who are withdrawn from the Law School, either voluntarily or involuntarily pursuant to Law School Academic Rules or policies, will have their student records permanently canceled. Should the student wish to return to the Law School, he or she would need to re-apply for admission, and if re-admitted, would not be eligible to apply previously-earned credits towards degree requirements. If a student withdraws mid-semester after posted Drop/Add and Tuition Refund deadlines, he or she will be responsible for all tuition and fee charges, and may be responsible for repayment of financial aid disbursements. Tuition is refunded to the student after posted deadlines only for good cause, as determined by the University of Minnesota after reviewing the student’s written petition.


Voluntary Withdrawal

Students considering voluntary withdrawal from the Law School, whether for transfer or other reasons, should contact the Assistant Dean of Students to evaluate options. Students should also consult the Law School’s financial aid liaison, Jim Parker, at j-park1@umn.edu regarding potential tuition and financial aid implications, especially if withdrawing during an academic term. Students unsure of their long-term plans may wish to consider a temporary Leave of Absence if they have completed at least one year of law coursework, which preserves the option of returning. If a student has made a final decision to withdraw, his or her courses will not be dropped until the student submits to the Registrar’s Office (lawreg@umn.edu) a Reduced Enrollment Request form available on the Current Students website.


Involuntary withdrawal or dismissal

Students subject to involuntary withdrawal from the Law School pursuant to an Academic Rule or policy will receive written notice via the student’s most recent mailing address and University email account. The Notice will include the student’s right under Academic Rule 6.5 or Rule 14.4 to submit a written petition for relief for dismissal by a date certain. If such a written petition is not received by the due date, the student will be permanently withdrawn and a note reflecting the basis for the withdrawal will be included on the student’s transcript. Involuntarily withdrawn students remain responsible for tuition, fees, and if applicable, return of financial aid disbursements. If an involuntarily withdrawn student does submit a petition for relief and a decision is not made prior to the start of a semester, he or she may be provisionally enrolled in coursework until such time as a determination has been made by the Faculty Consultative Committee.