Academic Calendar

The Law School's 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has been revised to conform with the University's framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An overview of the Law School calendar appears below and a more detailed version will be posted at a later date. This calendar is subject to change as circumstances warrant. 

Fall Term 2020

  September
1 October 2020 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding 2019-20 written work granted an extension                                         
1 October 2020 Degree Candidates: Degree application due 
2-4 Orientation for incoming J.D. and LL.M. students
4-18 Add/Drop Period
7 Labor Day—No Classes 
8 First day of Legal Methods I for first-year J.D. students 
First day of Introduction to American Law for LL.M. students
11 Last day of Legal Methods I for first-year J.D. students 
14         First day of full-semester classes for upper-year and LL.M. students
14-18 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notifications; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
15 First day of 1L classes in term-long Law School courses
18    Add/Drop ends
First day of Friday Introduction to American Law classes for LL.M. students   
21-October 15  Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
25 Last day of Executive LL.M. 2020 classes
3Ls: Deadline to register for Major Writing Credit
Deadline for all students to register for supervised research
LL.M.s: registration deadline for fall term writing projects
  October
1  October 2020 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies
9 Last day of Friday Introduction to American Law classes for LL.M. students 
15 Final date to submit outstanding 2019-20 written work that was granted an extension
Final date to withdraw from a Fall 2020 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date
16 Final exam for LL.M. class Introduction to American Law 
21 Conferral of October degrees
  November
3 Election Day—No Classes                                                                                    
15 Grade submission deadline for outstanding 2019-20 written work that was granted an extension
26-27 Thanksgiving—No Classes 
  December
1 May 2021 Degree Candidates: Degree applications due                                                                                  
11 Last day of all Law School classes 
14 Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
14-23 Fall 2020 final exams
23 Due date for submission of Fall 2020 written work
31 February 2021 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding written work; last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies

Spring Term 2021

  January
7-8 Orientation for incoming LL.M. students           
7-21 Add/Drop Period
8 Fall 2020 grades due
11           First day of LL.M. Introduction to American Law classes (for LL.M. students beginning the Program in Spring 2021)
14 First day of classes in term-long Law School courses
14-21 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notifications; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
15 First day of 1st year JD Friday classes in Legal Methods II
18           Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday—No Classes
21 Add/Drop ends
22-February 15   Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
29 3Ls: Deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit
Deadline for all students to register for supervised research
LL.M.s: registration deadline for spring term writing projects
  February
1         3Ls: Deadline to submit first draft of Major Writing Credit paper
10 Conferral of February 2021 degrees
12 Last day of 1st year JD Friday classes in Legal Methods II
15 Final date to withdraw from a Spring 2021 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date 
  March
1-5         Spring Recess—No Classes                                                                                    
8 Welcome Webinar for Executive LL.M. Class of 2021
22 Start of Executive LL.M. 2021 online classes
  April
1 3Ls:  Deadline to submit final draft of Major Writing Credit paper
All students: Deadline to submit all outstanding Fall 2020 written work that was granted an extension                                                      
15  Classes held on a Monday schedule

Last day of Law School classes

May 2021 J.D. Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2021 written work

May 2021 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2021 written work; Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Graduate Legal Studies 
19-26 Spring 2021 final exams
26 Continuing students: Due date for submission of Spring 2021 written work
27 Spring 2021 grade submission deadline for graduating students
TBD
(week of 4/27)
Law School Graduation Ceremony
TBD
week of 4/27)
University Commencement

 

Summer Term 2021*

  May
3 Summer Session 1A classes begin and first day of Summer 2021 classes       
20 Summer Session 1A classes end
24 Summer Session 1A exams
24-25 Executive LL.M. 2021 orientation
26 Summer Session 1B classes begin
31    Memorial Day—No Classes
  June
TBD    Class of 2022 Federal Clerkship Application Deadlines
TBD Spring 2021 grade submission deadline, continuing students in classes with enrollments of fewer than 150 students
TBD Spring 2021 grade submission deadline for continuing students in classes with enrollments of 150 or more students
15  Summer Session 1B classes end 
18 Summer Session 1B exams
21-25 Summer Recess—No Classes
28 Summer Session 2A classes begin                       
  July
5      Independence Day (Observed)—No Classes
16 Summer Session 2A classes end
20 Summer Session 2A exams
22 Summer Session 2B classes begin
31 Last date submitted work will be considered for honors for 2020-2021 academic year 
Date upon which outstanding grades will be converted to F
  August
10    Summer Session 2B classes end     
          
16 Summer Session 2B classes exams

*The summer term will only be available to LL.M. students who elect to begin their degree program in January 2021. The class schedule for the Summer 2021 semester will encompass four modules extending from May 3 to August 16. 

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