Academic Rules, Standards, and Procedures for Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Graduate Tax Students

The University of California, Irvine School of Law (“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 2.)

Table of Contents

I. Graduation Requirements - LL.M in American Law

A. Minimum Grade-Point Average
B. Total Unit Requirement
C. Types of Semester Units
D. Minimum Enrollment Requirement
E. Course Requirements
F. Three-Year Rule

II. Graduation Requirements - Graduate Tax Program

A. Minimum Grade-Point Average
B. Total Unit Requirement
C. Types of Semester Units: Course Requirements
D. Tax Policy Colloquium
E. Minimum Enrollment Requirement
F. Residency Requirement, Duration of Studies
G. Requirements for Students Who Received Their J.D. From the School of Law

III. Enrollment Policies

A. Course Load Requirements and Limits
B. A "Credit Hour" Is an Amount of Work That Reasonably Approximates...
C. Procedures for Adding a Course
D. Procedures for Dropping a Course
E. First Year and Clinical & Experiential Courses
F. Procedures for Changing the Grading Option
G. Auditing Law Courses
H. Individual Research and Individual Project Rules
I. Courses with Time Conflicts
J. Credit for Non-Law Courses Taken Outside the UCI School of Law
K. Credit for Law Courses Taken at Other Accredited Law Schools
L. Attendance at Classes

IV. Externship Policies

A. Policy for General LL.M. Students
B. Policy for Graduate Tax Students
C. Summer Externships
D. Part-Time Academic Year Externships
E. Full-Time Academic Year Externships
F. Second Externships

V. 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

VI. 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

VII. Grades and Grading Policies

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

VIII. Academic Probation and Disqualification

A. Minimum GPA to Receive LL.M. Degree
B. Academic Probation
C. Readmission

IX. Voluntary Withdrawal and Readmission

A. First-Semester LL.M. Students
B. Second-Semester LL.M. Students with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above
C. Second-Semester LL.M. Students with a Grade Point Average below 2.5
D. Effect on Degree Time Limit
E. Voluntary Withdrawal and Readmission

X. J.D. Transfer Option

A. Applying to the J.D. Program
B. Transferring Credits
C. Completing Degree Requirements
D. Transfer Eligibility

XI. Limits on Employment During Academic Year

XII. Granting of Exceptions; Amending or Changing the Rules


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