Withdrawal/Readmission/Leave of Absence

II-4. Withdrawal/Readmission/Leave of Absence

A.        Withdrawal

A student may, upon written notification to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, withdraw from the Law School and preserve his or her eligibility for readmission.

  1. After a student’s written withdrawal from the Law School, the student’s permanent record will show a “W” (“Withdrew”) in each course. “W” carries no academic penalty.
  2. A student who withdraws from school without notifying the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in writing will receive an “F” in each course in which the student was registered that semester.

B.        Readmission after Withdrawal

If the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines that (1) the student previously withdrew for good cause, and (2) the time since the student last attended UST Law School is no longer than is reasonable under the circumstances, the Associate Dean may readmit the student. Any student readmitted will be bound by all regulations and requirements in effect at the time of his or her readmission. A student who withdraws while on academic probation must apply for readmission according to the policy for readmitting students dismissed for academic reasons (see Policy II-5, Dismissal and Readmission).

C.        Leave of Absence

A student may, with the permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, take a leave of absence for no more than two (2) semesters. The Associate Dean’s permission must be sought before the first day of class of any semester during which the student wishes to take a leave. Should circumstances require a student to seek a leave of absence during a semester, the student shall request the permission of the Associate Dean; if the permission is granted, that semester shall be deemed the first of the two allowable semesters, and the student’s record will show a “W” in each course undertaken during the semester.

D.        Effect on Degree Time Limit

A withdrawal or leave of absence does not extend the time limit for the completion of requirements for the Juris Doctor degree.

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