J.D. Academic Rules, Standards, and Procedures

The School of Law of the University of California, Irvine ("School of Law"), is committed to instilling in its students the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. It is our expectation that law students will consistently conduct themselves in a manner characterized by civility and professionalism. All law students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with and abiding by the rules and standards contained in all applicable policies of the University of California and the University of California, Irvine campus. (See Appendix 3.)

Table of Contents

I. Graduation Requirements

A. First-Year Courses
B. Minimum Grade-Point Average
C. Total Unit Requirement
D. Types of Semester Units
E. Minimum Enrollment Requirement
F. Upper-Level Writing Requirement
G. Upper-Level Clinical Requirement
H. Race and Indigeneity Requirement
I. Transfer Students
J. Seven-Year Rule
K. Residency Requirement and Five-Year Rule
L. Posthumous Degree
M. Posthumous Certificate

II. Enrollment Policies

A. Course Load Requirements and Limits
B. Procedures for Adding a Course
C. Procedures for Dropping a Course
D. Procedures for Changing the Grading Option
E. Auditing Law Courses
F. Non-Law Student Enrollment in Law School Courses
G. Directed Research
H. Courses with Time Conflicts
I. Credit for Non-Law Courses Taken Outside the UCI School of Law
J. Credit for Law Courses Taken at Other Accredited Law Schools
K. Credit for Summer School Courses
L. Attendance at Classes
M. Enrollment Preference

III. Externship Policies

A. Part-time Summer Externships
B. Part-Time Academic Year Externships
C. Full-Time Academic Year Externships
D. Subsequent Externships

IV. Examination Policies

A. Exam Procedures and Guidelines for Conduct During Exams
B. Postponement of Scheduled Exams
C. Options When Exams or Portions Thereof Are Lost
D. Revocation of the Right to Take Examination, Submit a Final Paper, or Participate in or Receive Credit for Other Graded Class Activities for Unsatisfactory Attendance

V. Incomplete Courses

A. Procedures for Requesting an Extension
B. Deadlines for Completing Incomplete Work
C. Coursework Completed Within the Extended Deadline
D. Failure to Complete the Coursework Within the Extended Deadline

VI. Completion Of Year-Long First-Year Courses

A. Failure to Complete Second Semester of a Year-Long First-Year Course Next Offered as a Two-Semester Course
B. Failure to Complete Second Semester of a Year-Long First-Year Course Next Offered as a One-Semester Course
C. Failure to Complete Semester-Long First-Year Course Next Offered as a Two-Semester Course

VII. Grades and Grading Policies

A. Anonymous Grading System
B. Grading Scale
C. Required Median in Upper Level Courses
D. First-Year Required Median and Grade Distributions
E. A+ Grades
F. Requests for Exceptions
G. Points for Class Performance/Participation
H. Year-Long Courses
I. Credit/No Credit
J. Courses with Grades of Incomplete
K. Grade Changes
L. Honors and Class Ranking
M. Calculation of Grade Point Averages
N. Retaking Courses
O. Submission of Grades
P. Information about Grade Distributions
Q. Information about Course Evaluations

VIII. Academic Probation and Disqualification

A. Minimum GPA to Receive J.D. Degree
B. Academic Probation

IX. Voluntary Withdrawal and Readmission

A. First-Year, First-Semester Students
B. First-Year, Second-Semester Students with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above
C. First-year, Second-semester Students with a Grade Point average below 2.5
D. Second- or Third-Year Students
E. Effect on Degree Time Limit
F. Voluntary Withdrawal and Readmission

X. Limits on Employment During Academic Year

XI. Continuing Duty to Report

XII. Granting of Exceptions; Amending or changing the rules

A. Exceptions Made by the Assistant Dean for Student Services
B. Amendments and Changes Made by the Faculty


1. Pro Bono Policy
2. Recording Class Lecture Policy
3. Law School, University, and Campus Policies