Academic Calendar

The Law School's 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Academic Calendars have been revised to conform with the University's framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An overview of the Law School calendar appears below and a more detailed version may be downloaded in the sidebar. This calendar is subject to change as circumstances warrant. 

Updated August 9, 2021

(Academic Year 2020-2021) Summer Term 2021*


*The summer term will only be available to LL.M. students who elect to begin their degree program in January 2021. The class schedule for the Summer 2021 semester will encompass four modules extending from May 3 to August 16. 

  July
5      Independence Day (Observed)—No Classes
19 Summer Session 2A classes end
20 Summer Session 2B classes begin
31 Last date submitted work will be considered for honors for 2020-2021 academic year 
Date upon which outstanding grades will be converted to F
  August
9 Summer Session 2B classes end     
          
10-14 Summer Session classes will not meet during study and exam days
10 Summer Session study day for classes that end between July 19 and August 9
11 Summer Session exams for classes that end between July 19 and August 9
14 Summer Session exams for classes that end between July 19 and August 9
31 Summer 2021 grades due

Fall Term 2021

  August
9 Executive LL.M. Class of 2021: End of on-campus classes                        
16-17 LL.M. Registration & Orientation
18 Start of LL.M. Classes in Introduction to American Law and in LL.M. Legal Research & Writing
23-25 1L Registration and Orientation
26 Start of 1L classes in Legal Methods I and Legal Practice Workshop I
30 Executive LL.M. Class of 2021: Start of final online class
30-September 14 Add/Drop Period
  September
1 October 2021 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding 2020-21 written work granted an extension                                         
1 October 2021 Degree Candidates: Degree application due 
3 Last day of 1L class Legal Methods I and LL.M. class Introduction to American Law
6 Labor Day—No Classes 
8 First day of classes in term-long Law School courses.
9 First day of classes at other divisions of the University.
8-14 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notifications; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
15-October 15 Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
21 3Ls: Deadline to register for Major Writing Credit
All students: Deadline to register for supervised research
24 Final exam for LL.M. class Introduction to American Law
Executive LL.M. Class of 2021: Last day of classes
  October
1 October 2021 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with the Office of Graduate Degree Programs
LL.M.s: registration deadline for fall term writing projects
15 All students: Deadline to submit outstanding 2020-21 written work that was granted an extension
All students: Deadline to withdraw from a Fall 2021 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date
20 Conferral of October degrees
28 1L study day
29 1L mid-term exams
  November
2 Election Day—No Classes                                                                                    
3 Administrative Tuesday - Classes will be held on a Tuesday schedule
15 Grade submission deadline for outstanding 2020-21 written work that was granted an extension
25-26 Thanksgiving—No Classes 
  December
1 May 2022 Degree Candidates: Degree applications due                                                                                  
3 Last day of 1L classes
4-9 1L study period
10-23 1L exams
10 Last day of upper-year Law School classes
11-12 Upper-year study days
13 Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
13-23 Upper-year exams
23 Fall 2021 term ends; due date for submission of Fall 2021 written work
31 February 2022 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding written work; last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Office of Graduate Degree Programs

Spring Term 2022

  January
10-14 Legal Methods II and upper year January elective classes      
10-24 Add/Drop Period
14 Fall 2021 grade submission deadline
17 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday—No Classes
18 First day of all Law School classes. First day of classes at other divisions of the University
18-24 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notification; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
25-February 15 Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
  February
1        3Ls: Deadline to submit first draft of Major Writing Credit paper
3Ls:  Deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit
LL.M.s: registration deadline for spring term writing projects
All students: Deadline to register for supervised research
9 Conferral of February 2022 degrees
12 Last day of 1st year JD Friday classes in Legal Methods II
15 All students: Final date to withdraw from a Spring 2022 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date 
21 Executive LL.M. Class of 2022: Welcome Webinar
  March
14-18         Spring Recess—No Classes                                                                                    
21 Executive LL.M. Class of 2022: Start of online classes
  April
1 3Ls:  Deadline to submit final draft of Major Writing Credit paper
All students: Deadline to submit all outstanding Fall 2021 written work that was granted an extension                                                      
27 Last day of Law School classes
28-May 1 Upper-year study period
28-May 2 1L study period
  May
1    May 2022 JD Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2022 written work
May 2022 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2022 written work.; Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with Office of Graduate Degree Programs
2 Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
2-12 Upper-year exams
3-12 1L Exams
13 Spring 2022 grade submission deadline for graduating students
Continuing students: Due date for submission of Spring 2022 written work
Spring 2022 term ends
TBD Law School Graduation Ceremony
18 University Commencement & Degree Conferral
21-22

Executive LL.M. Class of 2022: On-campus orientation

23 Executive LL.M. Class of 2022: First day of on-campus classes

Summer Term 2022

  June
1    Spring 2022 grade submission deadline, continuing students in classes with enrollment of fewer than 150 students
5 Class of 2023 Clerkship Application Deadline
11 Spring 2022 grade submission deadline for continuing students in classes with enrollment of 150 or more students
25 Class of 2023 First day of federal clerkship application review
  July
31 Last date submitted work will be considered for honors for 2021-2022 academic year
Date upon which outstanding grades will be converted to F