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Scholastic Regulations

Attendance & Class Preparation

Regular class attendance is required. Students are expected to be prepared for all class meetings. Failure to meet minimum standards may result in a lower grade or exclusion from taking the final examination.

Change of Courses

After registration, all course changes must be made on a Student Request Form provided by the Registrar's Office. Students may not add or drop courses after the first week of a semester or after the first week of a Summer Session without approval by the Dean of Students' Office or the Registrar's Office.

Inter-Division Courses and Change of Divisions

Required courses must be taken at the times regularly scheduled for the Division in which the student is enrolled unless an exception is approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or Dean of Students. Students may take elective courses offered during either day or evening hours. A preference is given to Evening Division students for limited enrollment classes scheduled during evening hours.

A transfer between Divisions must be approved. Students wishing to request a transfer should meet with the Dean of Students regarding approval and satisfying degree requirements.

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

To withdraw from enrollment at the School of Law after registration for an academic semester or summer term, students must complete the Withdrawal portion of a Student Request Form provided by the Registrar's Office prior to the last class of the term. Failure to complete withdrawal procedures may result in a "W/F" notation on a student's official transcript.

Students may request approval for a leave of absence from enrollment. Leaves are usually approved for a one semester or one-year period. A written request for a leave of absence, describing generally the purpose for the leave, should be addressed to the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In the event of either withdrawal or a leave of absence, students who have received student loans must contact the Financial Aid Office for an "exit interview" as part of completing the withdrawal or leave process.

Courses at Other Law Schools

Summer School Credit — Students planning to attend summer programs at other ABA accredited law schools and have credit accepted toward their J.D. degrees should file a written request for approval with the Dean of Students accompanied by a description of the program, which includes course descriptions.

The School will accept up to a total of six (6)semester hours of credit earned with passing grades in elective courses at other law schools. Grades do not count in computing a student's Pacific McGeorge cumulative grade point average. Only courses, not grades, are recorded on a student's Pacific McGeorge transcript.

Visiting at Another Law School — A student whose personal circumstances necessitate leaving the School's geographic area may be approved to study for one or two semesters at another ABA accredited law school and apply the credits earned at that school toward his or her J.D. degree. A student must petition the Faculty Committee on Grading and Advancement and demonstrate that compelling personal circumstances warrant approval.

Courses to be taken at another law school must be approved in advance by the Dean of Students and only up to 30 semester hours earned at a passing grade level will be credited toward the J.D. degree. Grades do not count in computing a student's Pacific McGeorge cumulative grade point average. Only courses, not grades are recorded on a student's Pacific McGeorge transcript. Students who take courses at other law schools must furnish the Registrar with an official transcript of that work promptly upon its completion.

Law Student State Bar Registration

The rules of the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California require each law student who plans to take the California Bar Examination to register with the Committee and pay the prescribed fee after beginning the study of law.

The registration form is available at the State Bar of California's website at www.calbar.ca.gov.

California and other states have standards of character and fitness to practice which must be satisfied by candidates applying for admission to the Bar. The Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California of the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California provides:

  • Every applicant shall be of good moral character. The term "good moral character" includes qualities of honesty, fairness, candor, trustworthiness, observance of fiduciary responsibility, respect for and obedience to the laws of the state and the nation, and respect for the rights of others and for the judicial process. The applicant has the burden of establishing that he or she is of good moral character. For students who expect to practice in California, an Application for Determination of Moral Character is available from the State Bar of California's website at www.calbar.ca.gov. Most students file the application with the Committee of Bar Examiners during their senior years, preferably more than six (6) months before sitting for the California Bar Examination. Students with a record of involvement in disciplinary or criminal matters may want to file the application at an earlier date.

Students who plan to practice law in jurisdictions other than California should check that state's requirements for student registration and admission to the bar. Further information regarding admission requirements and bar examiner addresses is available in the Dean of Students' office.