May 1: Deadline for Submitting Outstanding Work from Prior Semesters (3Ls and Full-time LLMs)

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As May 2018 graduation approaches, we write to remind you that it is imperative for students to submit their incomplete work from a prior semester to the faculty no later than May 1, 2018 (unless your professor has given you an earlier date). Please note faculty are required to submit all grades by Friday, June 8, 2018.

Deadline for Submission of Final Paper to Professor – May 1, 2018:
In the Academic Services Policies Guide 2017-2018 edition, it states on page 6, the deadline to submit papers to the faculty for work in progress (prior to spring 2018) is May 1, 2018.

Third-year students who have grades of incomplete in courses from prior semesters must complete and submit all work required for the course no later than May 1 of their sixth semester or at such earlier date as the faculty member requires. Full-time LL.M. students must submit a final version of incomplete work no later than May 1 of their second semester. The May 1 deadline is necessary to enable faculty sufficient time to evaluate the student’s work and submit a grade and for the School to be able to certify the student for graduation and to sit for the July bar exam.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange a submission schedule with the instructor. An extension may only be granted by the Vice Dean’s office in consultation with the faculty member.

Any student wishing to submit a petition to submit final work for a prior semester past the May 1 deadline should submit the petition to the Office of Academic Services rather than directly to the Vice Dean.

Submitting Your Final paper:
Once you have submitted your final paper to your professor, please inform Academic Services via email ( that you have done so.

Submitting Your Paper After the May 1 Deadline:
Failing to submit your paper by May 1, 2018 will jeopardize your chances of being cleared for graduation and bar certification. We cannot guarantee that your grade(s) will be submitted and posted to your transcript in time to process your graduation and bar certification papers.

Satisfying the Substantial Writing Requirement:
Some students did not register for a writing credit or a Directed Research to satisfy their writing requirement, but instead wrote and submitted a lengthy paper for a seminar/course as required for Substantial Writing Option A. If you have fulfilled the requirements of an Option A paper (see description here), please have your professor send an email to the Office of Academic Services confirming that the paper you wrote in satisfaction of the seminar or course satisfies the Option A Writing Requirement.

Please note that a paper that satisfies the Option A requirement has to be an original analytic paper at least 10,000 words in length. The paper must undergo the following comment and draft process; an outline submitted to your supervising faculty member, a first draft of the paper and subsequent drafts responsive to the faculty member’s criticism.