Policies

Administrative Withdrawal

A student who fails to enroll in any courses toward the J.D. degree during a fall or spring semester, without receiving a Leave of Absence, will be administratively withdrawn from the College of Law. A student who has been administratively withdrawn is not considered a student at the College of Law and cannot register for future classes.

Completion of Lockstep Courses

Students may not elect to delay taking lockstep courses or to take lockstep courses out of sequence. A student who receives a failing grade in a lockstep course must retake the lockstep course either (1) the next time the course is offered, or (2) the next time the course is offered within the student’s entering division.

Credit for Non-Law School Courses Taken through the UNT System

With advance approval, students may enroll in up to two courses in the UNT Dallas Graduate School or UNT Toulouse Graduate School for up to six credits toward law school graduation. Approval will be granted only if the student, through the exercise of due diligence, cannot take a course containing substantially the same subject matter at the College of Law. Alternatively, with advance approval, students may enroll in up to two undergraduate courses at UNT Dallas or UNT for up to six credits toward law school graduation.

Dismissal After First Semester

After the first semester of the first-year of studies at the College of Law, any student (whether full-time or part-time) whose grade point average is less than 1.700 will be academically dismissed.  This dismissal is final.  There is no appeal of the dismissal, and the dismissal is not subject to any petition for an additional semester on probation.  

Distance Learning Courses

No student may be permitted to count more than 15 credit hours from distance learning courses toward the JD degree, whether through courses taken at UNT Dallas College of Law or credits transferred from another institution. No student will be permitted to enroll in a distance learning course, or receive transfer credit from a distance learning course, until the student has accumulated at least 28 credit hours toward the JD degree. No student will be permitted to enroll in more than 6 credit hours of distance learning courses in a single term.

Retaking Courses

Retaking Failed Elective Courses

A student who fails an elective course may retake the course, but only the original failing grade will count toward the student’s cumulative GPA. If the student passes the course, the student will be awarded the associated credit hours, but the new grade will not count toward the student’s semester or cumulative GPA.

Retaking Courses With A Passing Grade

A student may not retake any course in which the student has already received a passing grade.

Segment Credit

To receive credit for completing a segment, a student must receive a passing grade on the assignment that provides the segment credit, whether or not the student receives a passing grade in the course providing the segment credit. Thus, it is possible for a student to receive a passing grade in a course but not receive credit for the segment(s) provided by the class.

Student Attire Guidelines

The law is a profession and lawyers are expected to dress professionally as a sign of respect to their clients, the courts, agencies and officials, and the traditions of the profession. As a professional school, we seek to represent and to develop professional skills, values, knowledge, and behavior. Thus, as a student, you should represent yourself and the College of Law through behavior – including attire – that is appropriate for the occasion, ranging from class to community placements to court appearances.

Taking Courses Outside the Enrolled Division

After completion of the required course work in the first two full academic semesters, students enrolled in the part-time division may register for "daytime" classes (that is, courses offered before 5 p.m.) after priority registration ends or if the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approves the student's registration in the course.

Transfer Credit For Visits To An Aba-Approved Law School

UNT Dallas College of Law students may participate in study abroad programs that are approved by the American Bar Association. Any student who is considering taking coursework from a study abroad program and who anticipates seeking to transfer credit for that coursework must first receive pre-approval of the course or courses from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In determining whether credit may be transferred for a course in a study abroad program, two decisions will be made. One is whether the course will receive transfer credit.

Transferring Between the Full-Time and Part-Time Divisions

When students enroll at the College of Law, they enter in either the full-time day division or the part-time evening division. This is the student's "entering division." After completion of the required course work in the first two academic semesters, students may apply to transfer from the part-time division to the full-time division or vice versa. In order to transfer, the student must complete the Divisional Transfer Form, with all necessary signatures, no less than two weeks prior to the end of the preceding term.

A student may transfer for three reasons:

Using Technology and Laptops in the Classroom

Technology is important at the UNT Dallas College of Law. The COL will use educational technologies such as Canvas, CLIO, and “lecture capture” to further its educational mission. In addition, graduates of the COL should be capable of effectively using technology in the practice of law. Thus, throughout our educational program, students will use technology in ways that align with and prepare them for the ever-changing world of technology and law practice.

Working While Enrolled

In order to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in law school, students who enroll in the full-time division and who are working more than 20 hours per week in any semester or term must first meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the start of any semester in which the student is working more than 20 hours per week.