Student Handbook

  1. History
  2. Mission Statement
  3. Anti-Discrimination Policy, Privacy Rights & Educational Records
    1. Anti-Discrimination Policy
    2. Privacy Rights under FERPA
    3. Confidential Information Restriction and Release Authorization
      1. Directory Information Restriction
      2. Directory Information Restriction Levels
      3. Deciding which Directory Information to Restrict
  4. Curriculum: Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
    1. First Year Curriculum
    2. Required Courses
    3. Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)
      1. Standards and Procedures for Fulfilling the ULWR
      2. Vehicles for Fulfilling the ULWR
      3. Faculty Supervision for the ULWR
      4. Concentration Requirement Clarification
      5. Additional Notices
  5. Additional Policies & General Information
    1. Academic Records
    2. Attendance Policy
      1. Student Responsibility
    3. Auditing of Courses
    4. Bar Admissions, Exam, and Preparation
      1. Certification for the Bar
      2. Character and Fitness Application
      3. Duty to Report and Amend/Update
      4. Amendment/Update Student File Requests
      5. Qualifications for Admission to the Michigan Bar
    5. Certificate Programs
      1. Indigenous Law
      2. The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute (TPI)
      3. Child & Family Advocacy
    6. Class Rank and Honors
      1. Interim Class Rank
      2. Final Class Rank and Honors
      3. Decile Calculations
      4. Cohorts
    7. Clinical Programs
    8. Commencement Information
      1. Application for Graduation Form
      2. Extra Diplomas Order Form
      3. Graduate Information Form
      4. Graduation Requirements Checklist
    9. Communications
      1. E-mail
      2. Bulletin Boards
      3. Announcements
    10. Complaints
      1. Informal Student Complaints
      2. Student Accreditation Standard Complaints
    11. Counseling
    12. Course Evaluations
    13. Course Selection
      1. First Year
      2. Second Year and Beyond
      3. Course Descriptions and Requirements
      4. Scheduling Electives
      5. Preparing for the Bar Exam
      6. Professional Responsibility and the MPRE
      7. Advising
    14. Credit Hour Maximum per Semester & Limitation on Study Outside Classroom
      1. Credit Hour Maximum Per Semester
      2. Limitation on Study Outside Classroom
      3. Non-regularly Scheduled Classes
      4. Online Course Enrollment (Limitations on Distance Education)
    15. Credit/No Credit Grading Option
      1. Credit Hour Limitation
      2. Requirements and Rules
      3. Notice to Graduating Students
    16. Dean’s List
    17. Directed Study
    18. Disability Services
    19. Dual Degree Programs
      1. Dual Professional Degrees with MSU Graduate Programs
      2. Dual Professional Degree with Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
      3. Dual Degree Student Policies
    20. Enrollment Instructions
      1. Enrollment Instructions and Dates
        1. Tuition and Fees (see Enrollment Instructions)  
        2. Refunds (see Enrollment Instructions)
        3. Class Schedules & Course Descriptions
          1. Exam Dates, Times, and Room Locations (see Course Schedules & Descriptions)
          2. Exam Conflicts 
        4. Enrollment Appointment Dates (see Enrollment Instructions)
        5. Computer Enrollment
      2. Processing of Enrollment Requests (see Enrollment Instructions)
        1. Closing of a Course 
        2. Confirming Attendance 
        3. Account Holds 
        4. Priority Enrollment 
      3. Directed Study (see Enrollment Instructions)
      4. Legal Externship Programs (see Enrollment Instructions)
      5. Credit/No Credit Grading Option (see Enrollment Instructions)
      6. Irregular and/or Overload Schedules (see Enrollment Instructions)
      7. Drops & Adds (see Enrollment Instructions)
        1. Process
        2. Requirements 
          1. Adds 
          2. Drops 
          3. Drops and Scholarships
    21. Enrollment Status (Full-Time) Determination
    22. Examination Policies and Procedures
      1. Exam Permits
      2. Exam Conflicts
      3. ExamSoft
      4. Exam and Paper Retention Policy
      5. Identification
      6. Make-Up Examinations and Grade of Incomplete
      7. Non-Laptop Exam Preference
      8. Paper, Directed Study, or Project Courses
      9. Religious Observance
      10. Examination Policies
      11. Testing Accommodations under the ADA
      12. Testing Accommodations for ESL Students
      13. Withdrawal
    23. Faculty Committees
    24. Grade Change Policy
    25. Good Standing/Satisfactory Academic Progress
    26. Grade Point Average Computation
      1. Honor Points
      2. Transfer Students
      3. Rounding of GPA
    27. Grading - Anonymous
    28. Grading System
    29. Grade Curve Policy
    30. Graduation Requirements and Degrees
      1. Juris Doctor (J.D.)
        1. Requirements
        2. Application for Graduation
        3. Honors and Final Class Rank
        4. Honors for Graduation
      2. Master of Jurisprudence in Legal Doctrine and Analysis (M.J.)
      3. Master of Laws (LL.M.) and other Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) Degree Programs
    31. Identification Cards
    32. Jurisprudence Achievement Award (JP Award)
      1. Issuance
      2. Course Eligibility Guidelines
    33. Leave of Absence
      1. Readmission after Leave of Absence
    34. Online Course Enrollment (Limitation on Distance Education)
    35. Pass/Fail Option
    36. Probation - Dismissal
      1. Scholastic Dismissal - Upper Level Students
      2. Scholastic Dismissal - First-year Students
      3. Appeal to the Dean
      4. Academic Probation
    37. Program Completion Timetable
    38. Repeated Courses
      1. Policy and Procedure
      2. Tuition
    39. Religious Observance Policy
    40. Study Abroad Programs
    41. Visiting Other Colleges, MSU Colleges, & ABA Law Schools
      1. Other Colleges or at Michigan State University
      2. Other Law Schools
      3. Rules Governing Class Rank and Class Honors
      4. Additional Reminders about Visiting Out
    42. Withdrawal
      1. Complete Withdrawal
      2. Course Withdrawal
        1. Final Examination Course
        2. Paper Course
        3. Research, Writing, and Advocacy (RWA)
        4. Course with Multiple Writing Arguments
        5. Attendance
      3. Grade
      4. Excessive Use and Consequences of Electing to Withdraw
    43. Work Limitation
      1. Standard
      2. Affidavit of Student Enrollment Status
      3. Waiver
  6. Centers
    1. Indigenous Law & Policy Center
  7. Scholarships
  8. Code of Student Discipline and MSU Student Policies
    1. Code of Student Discipline
      1. Standing to assert violations
      2. Relationship between this Code and the Bar
      3. Jurisdiction
      4. Investigation and Determination of Probable Cause
      5. Hearing
      6. Argument and Decision
      7. Academic Hearing Procedures for Michigan State University College of Law
      8. Recognition and Enforcement of MSU Student Discipline
      9. Effect of Withdrawal
    2. Spartan Life/MSU Student Handbook
  9. Plagiarism Policy
  10. International Students
    1. Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS)
    2. Tips for Maintaining F-1 and J-1 Status
    3. Underenrollment
    4. Employment Options
    5. Traveling
    6. General Tips
    7. Your Last Semester
  11. Administrative Policies for MSU Law Students admitted to the Michigan State University/University of Ottawa JD/LLB Joint Degree Program
    1. Admission
    2. General Requirements
    3. Grades, Class Rank, And Class Honors
    4. Fulfilling MSU Law Requirements With Ottawa Classes
    5. Redundancy
    6. Administrative Issues
  12. Administrative Policies for University of Ottawa Students admitted to the Michigan State University/University of Ottawa JD/LLB Joint Degree Program
    1. General Requirements
    2. Grades, Class Rank, And Class Honors
    3. Fulfilling MSU Law Requirements With Ottawa Classes
    4. Procedure For Submitting Grades For Graduating JD/LlB Ottawa Students
    5. Election Of The Credit/No Credit Option For Graduating JD/LlB Ottawa Students
    6. Redundancy
    7. Administrative Issues
  13. Journals and Competition Teams
    1. Journals
    2. Competition Teams

Student Handbook Updated July 17, 2018
Table of Contents Updated July 17, 2018

Student Handbook