Communications and E-Mail Addresses
Students receive a DePaul student e-mail address when they
enroll. However, they may use other e-mail addresses as long as they enter
those addresses as “preferred” on Campus Connection. Students must insure that
their e-mail address on Campus Connection is correct at all times. If your
e-mail address is not correct on Campus Connection, you may not receive
information necessary to pursue your law studies. Failure to provide a correct
e-mail address will not excuse non-compliance with rules, regulations or
requirements communicated by the law school via e-mail.
To update your email address, go to the University website, www.depaul.edu > log onto Campus Connection. Under “For Students,”
click on “Demographic Portfolio.” Update your email addresses. Check the one
you plan to use as “Preferred.” All law school notices will be sent to your
“Preferred” email address.
Many e-mail systems enforce filter software, which might
block important messages. The College of Law uses numerous e-mail addresses to
inform students of registration times, exams, schedules, events and important
news. In order to receive e-mail from the law school, we recommend the
- Please review your junk mail filter settings and select the appropriate level.
- Please add http://sr.depaul.edu, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book. Also add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limitation for Full-Time JD Students
The American Bar Association rules permit College of Law
full-time students to be employed for a maximum of 20 hours per week while
school is in session. If a student must work more than 20 hours per week, the
student must transfer to the part-time division. If full-time first-year
students feel compelled to work, they should be careful to limit their hours so
as not to interfere with their studies. Students are expected to arrange their
work schedule around College of Law classes. Adjustments in the curriculum or
final exams will not be made because of work conflicts.
Attendance is mandatory for all law school classes. Each instructor may establish penalties for lack of attendance. At his or her discretion, an instructor may give the
student a grade of FX (apparent withdrawal), lower the final grade or require
the student to withdraw from the class. In the event of a mandatory withdrawal,
tuition for the class will not be refunded.
Limited Enrollment Course Attendance
If a student
registers for a limited enrollment course such as a senior research seminar, a
litigation skills course or a practice skills course, and does not attend the
first week of the class, the instructor may prohibit the student from taking
the class. A student compelled to
withdraw from a class will not receive a tuition refund if the official refund
deadline has passed.
Attendance in Proper Section
Students are required to attend the section of a course for
which they are registered. A student may not attend another section of the same
course, even if taught by the same instructor.
of Class Sessions
Classes may be recorded only with the permission of the
instructor. Students with
disabilities who must tape classes as an accommodation for their disability
should make arrangements with the University Office for Students with
Disabilities and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
Students must take all required courses at the time
prescribed and in the sequence designated by the College of Law. First year
students may not drop required courses or take reduced class loads unless there
are extraordinary extenuating circumstances and the student obtains the consent
of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Required courses must be taken at
DePaul and cannot be taken at another law school with the exception of students
who transfer to DePaul after their first year elsewhere.
Some courses have mandatory prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed before a student may enroll in those
courses. Students may not take a
course and its prerequisite course simultaneously.
Tuition Refunds and Add/Drop Deadlines
takes place according to a schedule pre-arranged in advance by the University
Office of Student Records (“SR”). A student’s enrollment date is based on
seniority according to the number of cumulative credits earned. Registration
for the summer and fall semesters takes place in the spring. Registration for the spring semester
takes place in the fall. Students must
use the Campus Connection registration website to register, add or drop a
Registration instructions are emailed to students before the
opening of registration each semester and are posted on (1) the College of Law website,
www.law.depaul.edu, and (2) the University Office of Student Records website, http://sr.depaul.edu.
registration begins, it remains open until the end of the add/drop period,
which is two weeks after the beginning of each semester.
Course Changes after Add/Drop Deadline
A course may not be added after the add/drop deadline. A
course may be dropped on Campus Connection up until the end of the sixth week
of the semester. Thereafter, a student who wishes to drop a course must contact
the College of Law Office of Student Affairs. For any course dropped after the
add/drop deadline, a grade of WA (“administrative withdrawal”) will appear on
the student’s transcript. The WA does not affect the student’s GPA. A course
may be dropped once the reading period before exams begins.
Deadline for Tuition Refunds
to withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund is the close of the
add/drop period, which is the end of the second week of a semester. The deadline date is published on the
academic calendar on the College of Law website.
A student may withdraw from a course after the close of the
add/drop deadline up until the last scheduled class day of a semester (i.e.,
before the reading period begins), but
tuition will not be refunded. Simply
not attending class does not constitute a withdrawal. A student may use Campus
Connection to withdraw until the eighth week of the semester. Thereafter, the
student must go to the Office of Student Affairs to request a late
Credit Hours: 12-Credit Limit
The faculty has designated certain courses for pass/fail
status. A student may not elect to
take a course pass/fail that has not been so designated.
A JD student may earn a maximum of 12 credit hours for
non-classroom courses, most of which are graded pass/fail. Courses that count
toward the 12-credit non-classroom limit include: the Journal of Art. Technology & Intellectual Property Law Editorial
Board; the Business & Commercial Law
Journal Editorial Board; Field Placement; the Health Care Law Journal Editorial Board; the Law Review Editorial Board; The
Journal Of Social Justice editorial board; The Journal of Sports Law and Contemporary Problems editorial
board; National and International
Moot Court Competitions; Guided Research; LARC TA’s and Independent Study. With the exception of Independent Study,
all of the above courses are graded pass/fail.
for the Field Placement Program
The Field Placement Program is designed to give upper-level
students practical legal experience through an externship with a government
agency, not-for-profit legal organization, member of the judiciary, private
firm, or a corporation. Students
first must complete 28 or more credits with a GPA of at least 2.00 to be
eligible. Students may participate in a maximum of two one-semester field
placements while in law school. Students earn either two or three credits per
To register, a student must submit an application to the
Coordinator, Natalie Wolfe, 320 Lewis Center. She then turns in a permission
slip for registration for the approved students. LL.M. students should submit
their permission slips to Virginia Knittle, the Assistant to the Vice Dean. The registration must be completed by
the end of the first week of classes.
Additional information about the Field Placement Program is
available on the College of Law website, www.law.depaul.edu/fieldplacement, and at the Field Placement Office.
for Clinical Programs
Students desiring to take a Legal Clinic must obtain a
registration permission slip from the supervising clinical professor and turn
it in to Lorraine Schulz in the Office of Student Affairs. Clinical programs
are described on the College of Law website: www.law.depaul.edu.
Upon completing 43 credit hours or one half of the credits
required to graduate, a J.D. student may obtain an Illinois Supreme Court Rule
711 License to practice law under the terms and conditions set forth in the
Rule. Licenses are available only
for students who perform legal services for government agencies or
A student may apply for the license at the end of the
semester in which he or she completes the requisite number of hours; however,
the license cannot be processed until grades for those hours have been
submitted, which occurs either in late January (fall semester, or late June (spring
semester). The link to the Court’s application form is on the law school website
under Registration. Completed
applications (including the supervising adviser’s signature and the required
photograph) should be turned in to Natasha Hatchett in the Office of Student
Affairs. The application will be forwarded to the Administrative Office of the
Illinois Courts, which issues the license and mails it to the student.
Processing time is 3 - 6 weeks.
for Independent Study
Independent study permits a student to pursue an area of
interest in-depth under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. To do an independent study, a JD
student must have completed 28 credits and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The
student must make supervisory arrangements with a full-time tenured faculty
member with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Independent study fulfills the JD
advanced writing requirement.
An extensive research paper must be completed as part of an
independent study. Independent
study is a graded course for which three hours of credit are awarded. A student may enroll for a maximum of
two independent studies during law school.
To register for an independent study, JD students must
obtain written approval from the supervising faculty member and the Assistant
Dean for Student Affairs.
Independent study forms are available on the College of Law website. Completed forms should be turned in to
the Office of Student Affairs.
LL.M. students interested in independent study should
contact Virginia Knittle, Assistant to the Vice Dean.
for Guided Research
Students who wish to perform guided research must make supervisory
arrangements with a faculty member.
A student must have completed a minimum of 28 credit hours with a
cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. A
student may enroll in guided research for either one or two hours in a
semester. Guided research does not
fulfill the advanced writing requirement.
To register for guided research, a student must obtain
written approval from the supervising faculty member and the Assistant Dean for
Student Affairs. Guided research
forms are available on the College of Law website. Completed forms should be turned in to the Office of Student
A JD or LL.M. student may audit a course only if the student
registers to do so with the Office of Student Affairs. Audit requests must be filed by the following
Fall Semester: October 1
Spring Semester: March 1
Summer Semester: June 15
The following courses may not be audited: courses required
for graduation, advanced writing courses, litigation skills courses, practice
skills courses, clinics, externships, guided research, independent study and
non-classroom pass/fail courses.
An auditor does not receive a grade in or credit for the
course. Students may not convert from auditing to graded status or vice
versa. A student who has audited a
course may not thereafter take that course for credit. A person not enrolled as
a student at the College of Law may audit a course only with the permission of
the Vice Dean.
To register to audit a course, JD students register for the
class via Campus Connection and file a request form with Lorraine Schulz in the
Office of Student Affairs. LL.M.
and non-degree-seeking students must meet with Virginia Knittle, Assistant to
the Vice Dean.