Required Courses and Course Descriptions

The courses required for the JD degree are listed in § 1.2. The requirements for LL.M. degrees are described in § 1.9 through § 1.13.  Descriptions of courses are published on Campus Connection. 

Course Prerequisites

A student must complete the necessary prerequisite(s) before taking a course. A student who attempts to register for a course on Campus Connection without a necessary prerequisite will not be able to do so.

Class Materials

Materials reproduced by the Law School for class use are sold through the bookstore.  Textbooks and course materials are located on the lower level.  Students are encouraged to order their books on-line at www.depaul.bkstore.com.

Syllabi 

First class assignments and syllabi are published on the Law School website.  If a syllabus does not appear for a particular course, it will be distributed to the students by the instructor.

Lockers

Lockers are allocated by the Student Life Office, located on the 8th floor of the DePaul Center.  Lockers are allocated for a period of one academic year.   If a student does not renew a locker rental, the University will empty the locker at the end of the academic year in June.

Official Transcripts

The University Student Records Office on the ninth floor of the DePaul Center issues official DePaul transcripts. The College of Law cannot issue transcripts. Official transcripts may be ordered on Campus Connection, www.depaul.edu or from the University Student Records website, http://sr.depaul.edu. Students may order 10 free official transcripts per year.

Change of Addresses, Phone Numbers, Names and E-Mail Addresses

Students who change their names must bring legal proof of a name change to the DePaul Central (9th floor DePaul Center).  Names on diplomas appear exactly as they appear on Campus Connection. Students may update all other demographic information on the University website, www.depaul.edu, under "Campus Connection" and "Demographic Portfolio." Students have the option of listing three different addresses and phone numbers, including business, home and mailing addresses.  Several e-mail addresses may be listed as well.

Students Must ensure That Their E-Mail Addresses On Campus Connection Are Correct At All Times. If Your E-Mail Address Is Not Correct On Campus Connection, You Will Not Receive Information Necessary To Pursue Your Law School Studies.  Failure To Provide A Correct E-Mail Address Will Not Excuse Non-Compliance With Rules, Regulations Or Requirements Communicated By The College of Law Via E-Mail.

Immunizations Mandatory

Students are encouraged to get a flu shot every year.

State law requires that all students provide proof of immunizations before they register for any classes. The immunization form, which must be signed by the student’s physician, is available on the University Student Records website, http://sr.depaul.edu. The University Office of Student Records will place a hold on a student’s record if proof of immunizations is not received. Students will not be able to register or to obtain transcripts. DePaul University complies with Illinois law, which requires post-secondary institutions to submit an annual report on student immunization. All students born on or after January 1, 1957 and enrolled half-time must provide proof of immunization for the following: Tetanus/Diptheria, Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella (German Measles). Submit records to the University Student Records Office.

Payment of Charges   

Tuition and fees are payable in full at the time specified in the registration materials, unless a student enrolls in either DePepper (employer reimbursement) or DePupp (monthly payment plan). Information on those programs may be found at http://studentaccounts.depaul.edu, the DePaul Student Accounts Office. Generally, past due tuition and fees must be paid in full before a student can register.

Financial Delinquency

Any student who fails to make timely payments as required by the Student Financial Accounts Office will be charged a $100.00 late penalty. Students with delinquent accounts are subject to suspension and exclusion from classes.  They may be barred from receiving official transcripts, registering for a subsequent semester, receiving a degree or being certified for admission to the bar.

Dishonored Checks

A $25 fee is charged for each dishonored check.

Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition will be refunded only if a student withdraws before the end of the second week of classes in any semester. A tuition refund is not available after the deadline. 

Internet Services

The University website is www.depaul.edu. Student information is password protected and is available under Campus Connection.  Campus Connection will give students access to:

  • Demographic Portfolio: Update e-mail address, mailing or business address, and telephone numbers.
  • Grades and Course Histories: Access grades, official and unofficial transcripts and degree progress reports. 
  • Class Search: See what courses are open or closed, room assignments and professors. 
  • Student Course List: After you register, review your class schedule.
  • Change PIN: Change your University assigned password.  
  • Web Registration: Allows registration for classes on the web.
  • Student Accounts: Obtain a complete financial record.

The College of Law website is www.law.depaul.edu. It contains faculty and administration information, academic programs and requirements, Law Career Services information, Law Library information, course syllabi, course descriptions, class ranks, scholarship information and a listing of current events.  

Passwords. The University Identification Services Office (9th floor DePaul Center) assigns all DePaul students user identifications and passwords to access Campus Connection on the University website. Students are encouraged to change their passwords to a number or word they can easily remember.

E-Mail Accounts. All DePaul students are assigned free e-mail accounts by the Identification Services Office.  If students wish to use other email addresses, they may do so, but they must be sure to list them on Campus Connection and check one address as preferred.

Reservation of Rooms and Scheduling of Events

The College of Law events coordinator maintains a schedule of room use. Anyone who wants to use a room for any purpose other than a regularly scheduled class must submit an online room reservation request through on the College of Law website. 

Building Access and Hours

Only organizations associated with the College of Law may use school facilities. Organizations not affiliated with DePaul may use school facilities if sponsored by a member of the faculty or a law student organization. Groups not associated with the College of Law may also reserve rooms or tables in the DePaul Center Student Center or the University Conference Center (8th floor DePaul Center

Most Loop buildings are open and accessible Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday schedules will typically operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Access to buildings during off-hours (i.e., late evenings, weekends and holidays) may be obtained by contacting the University Public Safety Office, which will require a written request, in advance. The request should include name, department, building/floor/room number to be accessed, date, time and estimated duration of visit, and reason for access. All persons who attend will be required to present identification, and in some cases, sign-in when arriving on campus on the specified dates and times. Additionally, Facility Operations will not alter the heating, ventilation or air conditioning service schedule to accommodate off-hours access. 

Lost and Found

A lost and found service is located in the Public Safety Office (lower level of Lewis Center).

Identification Cards 

Photo identification cards are issued by the University Identification Services Office.  An ID card is necessary to enter the Law Library and computer labs.  All students are also assigned a seven-digit student identification number. 

Parking

A special parking rate is available to students in nearby parking lots. Students must stamp their parking receipts in the machine by the security desk in the Lewis Center lobby or in the DePaul Center lobby.

DePaul Campus Facilities

College of Law students are welcome to use the recreational facilities on all of the DePaul campuses.  Identification cards are required to use the facilities. Students are charged a membership fee to use athletic facilities.

Personal Mail

Students may not use the College of Law address for personal mail. They may use the fax machines designated for student use.   

Emergency Cancellation of Classes/Closure of the University 

In the event it becomes necessary to close the University, the closure will be announced over local media, on the University website (www.depaul.edu) and by text or email through DPU Alert.

Alcohol Policy

DePaul community members owe it to themselves and others to make educated decisions about their use or distribution of alcohol. The State of Illinois prohibits the sale, use or possession of all forms of alcoholic beverages by persons who are under 21 years of age. Students are responsible for adhering to the University Drug Free Workplace & Legal Drinking Age Compliance policy, which is describes in full on the University website: www.depaul.edu.

The following regulations govern alcohol use by students and student organizations on DePaul University premises:

  1. All casual possession or consumption of alcohol by students in designated common areas or non-reserved areas on university premises is prohibited.
  2. Alcohol may not be consumed and alcohol containers may not be possessed anywhere on campus or at any Law School function by anyone who is under the legal drinking age.
  3. Public intoxication, including alcohol-induced disorderly conduct, property destruction, intimidation, or other infringement upon the rights or privacy of others, is a violation of the alcohol policy and will not be tolerated. Furnishing alcohol (on campus or at any College function off-campus) to persons, who appear to be intoxicated, is prohibited. Such conduct may be considered violations of the DePaul University Code of Student Conduct.
  4. Campus events where alcohol is being provided to students must be hosted by the faculty/administration of the Law School, the Student Bar Association, Student Bar Association, recognized Student Organizations, and/or law school journals. Such events are subject to, but not limited to, the following restrictions: 
    1. The Student Bar Association, Student Bar Association recognized Student Organization, and/or law school journal seeking to plan, sponsor, or host an event where alcohol is to be served must receive permission at least two (2) weeks prior to the event from Associate Vice President Cynthia Summers, csummers@depaul.edu, 312-362-5653 or Room 1400 Lewis.
    2. The permission form is on the College of Law website. It should be sent by email to Vice President Summers.
    3. Alcoholic beverages can be served at on-campus Student Organization and/or law school journal (herein both recognized as “Organization”) sponsored events provided the following are complied with:
      1. The event has a primary purpose not directly related to the consumption of alcohol. Such purposes include, but are not limited to: furtherance of the organization’s mission and/or providing legal networking opportunities to students.
      2. Non-alcoholic beverages and food, with at least coffee and water, must be made available for students and attendees during the entire duration of the event.
      3. Alcoholic beverages that are permitted at Student Organization events are limited to beer and wine.
      4. Student Organization events in which alcohol is served are prohibited from serving alcohol at the event before 6:00p.m.; exceptions are permitted with permission and approval from Associate Vice President Cynthia Summers, csummers@depaul.edu and 312-362-5653, 1400 Lewis.
      5. At least one (1) member of the Law School Faculty or Administration will be attending the event as a Faculty Sponsor.
      6. At least two Executive Board (2) members and/or two (2) Journal Editors of the Organization hosting the event will be attending the event at any given time as Student Sponsors; Student Sponsors are to be attendees that are responsible for the planning and hosting of the event.
      7. The serving of alcohol is limited to bartenders licensed to serve alcohol.
      8. The serving of alcohol is limited to parties licensed to sell, dispense, and serve alcohol.
      9. At least one (1) security guard must be hired for the entire duration of the event where alcohol is to be served.
      10. At least one (1) Executive Member and/or Journal Editor must arrange to meet with Vice President Summers or one of her staff at leatst two (2) weeks prior to the event to seek permission before hosting the event.
  5. Student Organization on-campus advertisements (advertisements include but are not limited to flyers, canvassing, chalk board posting) Student organizations must comply with the University posting policy located at: http://studentaffairs.depaul.edu/slife1/default.aspx?wid=4&pid=4&subpageid=MARKETING
  6. Pictures of alcohol, depictions of alcohol use, or the encouragement of alcohol use are strictly prohibited from being placed on advertisements.
  7. Flyers used for advertising are to be pre-approved by Assistant Dean Diana White.
  8. When student organizations sponsor events at which alcoholic beverages are offered for consumption, the organization and its officers shall be solely responsible for the conduct of such affairs in accord with civil and criminal law and university policies.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in any DePaul buildings.

Escort Service

The DePaul University Public Safety Department provides an escort service for students, staff and faculty when circumstances require them to travel alone on campus, in isolated areas after dark or whenever there is otherwise a concern for their personal safety.

Health Insurance

The DePaul University Student Health Plan has been developed especially for DePaul University students and their eligible dependents. The Plan provides coverage for illnesses and injuries that occur on or off campus and includes special cost-saving features to keep the coverage as affordable as possible. The Plan is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company and features major medical design with a $100,000 lifetime aggregate maximum benefit per illness or injury. The Plan includes a Preferred Provider Organization through Aetna. If you obtain care from these preferred providers, you will reduce the cost of health care substantially. All DePaul students are eligible for the Student Health Insurance as long as they are taking classes in the current semester.

If you have any questions, please visit their website, www.aetnastudenthealth.com, or call the Chickering Claims Administrators Inc.’s Customer Service Department at (800) 878-1938 and reference DePaul’s policy number of 7111116. Or contact the Student Affairs Office at (312) 362-5680.

The American Bar Association also offers student health insurance for members. Information is available on its website, www.abanet.org

Housing

General housing information can be found on the College of Law website.   The University has a housing service for all current and prospective members of the University community called the Housing Resource Center.

University Counseling Services

The University Counseling Service offers counseling to DePaul students.  Services include individual, couple and group counseling.   The Counseling office is located on the 11th floor of the DePaul Center.   The telephone number is (773) 325-7779.

University Ministry

University Ministry is open and available to persons of all faiths.  Thomas Judge is the College of Law Chaplain (312/362-6699). The University Ministry offices are located in Room 11009 of the DePaul Center and on the second floor of the Stuart Center on the Lincoln Park campus.  For information, call (312) 362-6910.

Office of Student Legal Services

The Office of Student Legal Services provides free or low-cost advice to DePaul   students on wide range of common problems, including contract disputes, misdemeanor criminal offenses, routine traffic violations, landlord-tenant disputes and other minor legal problems. The Office is located on the Lincoln Park Campus, 990 West Fullerton Avenue, 1st Floor. The phone number is (773) 325-4959.

Ventra Card (CTA Passes)

All DePaul University College of Law students who are currently taking 9 or more credits in the autumn or spring semester or at least one credit in the summer semester automatically qualify for a Ventra Card. All students are charged a Ventra Card fee each semester as long as they are registered and may not opt out unless they are enrolled in a study abroad program. The Ventra Card is used on Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) trains and buses. Photo identification cards are required to obtain a Ventra Card. Pictures are taken at the beginning of each academic semester both in the Law School student lounge and in the DePaul Center Student Union (11th floor).  Ventra Cards are valid while classes are in session.  They are not valid during DePaul class holidays.  For more information, Search for Ventra Cards on the University website, www.depaul.edu.

Privacy Rights and Access to Educational Records

DePaul University College of Law respects the privacy of its students.   The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records:

  1. The right to inspect and review records upon written request; and
  2. The right to request and amend records that are inaccurate or misleading.  Should students wish to have their records amended, they must write the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and identify the part of the record that they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the Assistant Dean decides not to amend the record as requested, she will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

The College of Law will not disclose information from the educational records of a student without his or her prior written consent, except:  

  1. To school officials, including teachers, within the educational institution who have a legitimate educational interest in the records. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University or the College of Law in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position, including law enforcement personnel and health personnel; a person or company with whom the University has contracted to provide services; a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a person assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks;
  2. To officials of another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll;
  3. To certain authorized representatives of the United States and state agencies who require such information to carry out lawful functions; 
  4. To in connection with the student's application for, or receipt of, financial aid; 
  5. To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions if these studies are conducted in a manner that will not permit the personal identification of students and if the information will be destroyed when no longer needed;
  6. To accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions;
  7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; or appropriate parties in health or safety emergencies.

Directory Information

If a student does not want his or her name, address, or phone number published, the student must block the release of that information through Campus Connection.

DePaul University College of Law reserves the right to release the following student information: name; date and place of birth; enrollment status and dates of attendance; positions held; place of employment and phone number; memberships in officially recognized campus organizations and teams, degrees earned, special awards and recognition given; and information requested by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar and bar exam officials of other states. 

Tuition and Fees

For information on tuition and fees, see the University Student Accounts website, http://studentaccounts.depaul.edu > Cost of Attendance.