III. Attendance, participation, and limits on remunerative work

  1. Attendance and class preparation required. The Law School requires regular and punctual class attendance and appropriate class preparation of each student.
  2. Instructor implementation of attendance and class preparation requirements. Each instructor is expected to implement reasonable mechanisms for determining which students are in attendance in each session of that instructor's course and for enforcing the Law School's requirement of regular and punctual attendance and appropriate class preparation. Such enforcement mechanisms may include:
    1. barring the student from the final examination for the course (after providing notice in accordance with III.E.),
    2. having the student withdrawn involuntarily from the course (after providing notice in accordance with III.E.),
    3. assigning a failing grade to the student, or
    4. adjusting the student's final grade downward in accordance with III.G.
  3. Involuntary withdrawal for student barred from final examination. A student who is barred from the final examination for a course will be withdrawn involuntarily from the course as soon as administratively possible following notice to the Law School Records Office that the student is so barred.
  4. Notice to students of course attendance and participation policy. For each course, the instructor will take reasonable steps to provide written notice to all students enrolled in the course of the instructor's attendance and participation policy for the course. Notice of the instructor's policy will be provided before the end of the applicable drop period for the course.
  5. Notice to student in jeopardy of certain adverse actions. If a student's failure to meet a course's stated attendance and participation policy has placed that student in jeopardy of being excluded from the final examination for the course, being withdrawn involuntarily from the course, or receiving a failing grade for the course, the instructor will send written notice to the student in advance of taking the action; notice will be sent to the address for that student on file with the Law School Records Office. No notice is required for a downward adjustment, in accordance with III.G., to a student's final grade as a result of the student's attendance.
  6. Discretionary additional coursework. An instructor may, in the instructor's sole discretion, assign additional coursework to a student who is in jeopardy of an adverse action because the student has failed to satisfy the instructor's stated attendance and participation policy. An instructor who chooses to assign such extra work may treat the student's successful completion of the assigned work as sufficient to mitigate the adverse consequences otherwise applicable to the student under the instructor's stated policy. Whether the student has successfully completed the additional work will be decided by the instructor in the instructor's sole discretion. Nothing in this III.F. shall be construed as requiring an instructor to assign additional coursework as an option for a student who has failed to satisfy the instructor's stated policy.
  7. Grade adjustments in anonymously graded courses to reflect participation. For courses graded anonymously, an instructor may, in addition to or in lieu of other actions under III.B. or III.F., raise or lower a student's grade by one step (e.g., from a "C" to a "C+" or a "C-") based on the student's participation in the course. If a student's grade is lowered to a "C-" and the student has selected the Pass-No Credit option for the course in accordance with V.F., the student will receive a "NC" (No Credit) for the course.
  8. Limits on remunerative work. The Law School expects a student who is registered for 12 or more credit hours in a semester to devote substantially all working hours during that semester to the study of law. No student who is enrolled as a full-time student should engage in remunerative employment during that semester for more than 20 hours per week, whether outside or inside the Law School.