School of Law Policy
Excerpt from Article V of 2017/2018 Academic Regulations
1. Registration. Students must register by the end of the semester’s official registration period. The University reserves the right to require earlier completion of registration by pre-registration and prepayment of tuition and fees.
2. Late registration. A fee will be charged for late registration. No student may register more than one week late without written approval from the Dean or the Dean’s designate.
3. Course election. Each spring, first- and second-year students receive course election materials for the following academic year. Courses must be elected according to the time periods stated in the materials and in compliance with the academic advising requirements as published for the relevant term(s).
4. Program changes after registration. Subject to maximum and minimum credit requirements stated in Article III, students may change their programs after registration within the relevant “add/drop” period. Because clinical programs prescribe their own add/drop periods and procedures, questions about deadlines and procedures in such programs should be addressed to the office of the relevant program. For procedures governing journal credit, see section 5 below. For other courses and seminars, the Registrar’s office will prescribe and announce the beginning of the add/drop period, together with necessary add/drop procedures and waitlist procedures for closed courses and seminars. The end of the add/drop period for courses and seminars, other than clinical courses and mini-courses, is 5:00 pm on the tenth day of classes. The end of the add/drop period for mini-courses will be prescribed by the Registrar. Any student who misses the first meeting of a seminar without the instructor’s advance permission may be administratively dropped.
5. Program changes involving journal credit. Students who wish to add journal credit (within the add/drop period set by the Registrar’s office for courses and seminars) must follow procedures set by the journal and must meet the minimum semester and yearly credit requirements. Students who are registered for journal credit and who wish to withdraw from the journal (within the add/drop period set by the Registrar’s office for courses and seminars) must notify the journal and follow procedures set by the journal. Students who wish to add journal credit or who are registered for journal credit and wish to withdraw from the journal (after the add/drop period set by the Registrar’s office for courses and seminars) must petition the Academic Standards Committee for permission, and must notify the journal. If applicable, the petition must include a request to be below the minimum semester or yearly credit requirement. Such petitions will be governed by Article V, sec. 6 of our Academic Regulations (see below), which applies to late adds or late drops.
6. Late adds or drops. Adds or drops not permitted by sections 4 and 5 above may be authorized only by the Academic Standards Committee. Unless the student demonstrates that, under the circumstances, the delay should be excused, a course or seminar for credit that the committee permits to be dropped after the relevant deadline will appear with a notation of “W/D” on the student’s transcript.
7. BU Law program, calendar, and schedule changes. BU Law reserves the right to make changes of any kind to its program, calendar, or academic schedule, with reasonable notice.