Academic Calendar

The Law School's 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has 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 February 15, 2021

Fall Term 2020

  September
1 October 2020 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding 2019-20 written work granted an extension                                         
1 October 2020 Degree Candidates: Degree application due 
2-4 Orientation for incoming J.D. and LL.M. students
4-18 Add/Drop Period
7 Labor Day—No Classes 
8 First day of Legal Methods I for first-year J.D. students 
First day of Introduction to American Law for LL.M. students
11 Last day of Legal Methods I for first-year J.D. students 
14         First day of full-semester classes for upper-year and LL.M. students
14-18 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notifications; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
15 First day of 1L classes in term-long Law School courses
18    Add/Drop ends
First day of Friday Introduction to American Law classes for LL.M. students   
21-October 15  Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
25 Last day of Executive LL.M. 2020 classes
3Ls: Deadline to register for Major Writing Credit
Deadline for all students to register for supervised research
LL.M.s: registration deadline for fall term writing projects
  October
1  October 2020 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with the Office of Graduate Degree Programs
9 Last day of Friday Introduction to American Law classes for LL.M. students 
15 Final date to submit outstanding 2019-20 written work that was granted an extension
Final date to withdraw from a Fall 2020 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date
16 Final exam for LL.M. class Introduction to American Law 
21 Conferral of October degrees
  November
3 Election Day—No Classes                                                                                    
15 Grade submission deadline for outstanding 2019-20 written work that was granted an extension
26-27 Thanksgiving—No Classes 
  December
1 May 2021 Degree Candidates: Degree applications due                                                                                  
11 Last day of all Law School classes 
14 Last day of classes at other divisions of the University
14-23 Fall 2020 final exams
23 Due date for submission of Fall 2020 written work
31 February 2021 Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit outstanding written work; last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with the Office of Graduate Degree Programs

Spring Term 2021

  January
7-8 Orientation for incoming LL.M. students           
7-21 Add/Drop Period
8 Fall 2020 grades due
11           First day of LL.M. Introduction to American Law classes (for LL.M. students beginning the Program in Spring 2021)
14

Classes held on a Monday schedule

First day of classes in term-long Law School courses

14-21 Add/Drop continues; action required on wait-list notifications; after this date changes only with permission of the Rules Committee, upon petition
15 First day of 1st year JD Friday classes in Legal Methods II
18           Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday—No Classes
21 Add/Drop ends
22-February 15   Withdrawal from classes permitted; the notation of W will be recorded on the transcript
29 3Ls: Deadline to register for Minor Writing Credit
Deadline for all students to register for supervised research
LL.M.s: registration deadline for spring term writing projects
  February
1         3Ls: Deadline to submit first draft of Major Writing Credit paper
10 Conferral of February 2021 degrees
12 Last day of 1st year JD Friday classes in Legal Methods II
15 Final date to withdraw from a Spring 2021 Law School course; the grade of F will be recorded for withdrawals after this date 
26 Final exam for LLM class Introduction to American Law  (for LLM students that began their degree program in the Spring 2021 term)
  March
1-5         Spring Recess—No Classes                                                                                    
8 Welcome Webinar for Executive LL.M. Class of 2021
22 Start of Executive LL.M. 2021 online classes
  April
1 3Ls:  Deadline to submit final draft of Major Writing Credit paper
All students: Deadline to submit all outstanding Fall 2020 written work that was granted an extension                                                      
15  Last day of Law School classes

May 2021 J.D. Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2021 written work

May 2021 LL.M. Degree Candidates: Deadline to submit all outstanding Spring 2021 written work; Last day to file final copy of LL.M. Essay with the Office of Graduate Degree Programs
16-19 Upper-year study period
16-20 1L study period
20-28 Upper-year exams
21-30 1L exams
30 Continuing students: Due date for submission of Spring 2021 written work
29 Law School Graduation Ceremony
30 University Commencement

 

Summer Term 2021*

  May
3 Summer Session 1A classes begin and first day of Summer 2021 classes       
10 Spring 2021 grade submission deadline for graduating students
21 Executive LL.M. 2021 orientation, in the PM
21 Summer Session 1A classes end
24 Summer Session 1B classes begin
24 Spring 2021 grade submission deadline for continuing students in classes with enrollments of fewer than 150 students
31    Memorial Day—No Classes
  June
7 Spring 2021 grade submission deadline for continuing students in classes with enrollments of 150 or more students
14 Class of 2022 Federal Clerkship Application Deadlines
14 Summer Session 1B classes end 
15-18 Summer Session classes will not meet during study and exam days
15 Summer Session study day for classes that end on or before June 14
16 Summer Session exams for classes that end on or before June 14
17 Summer Session study day for classes that end on or before June 14
18 Summer Session exams for classes that end on or before June 14
21-25 Summer Recess—No Classes
28 Summer Session 2A classes begin                       
  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     
          
10-13 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
12 Summer Session study day for classes that end between July 19 and August 9
13 Summer Session exams for classes that end between July 19 and August 9
31 Summer 2021 grades due

*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.