Academic Services (Registrar)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Academic Services Office receives numerous questions each semester from students. The most-frequently asked have been answered below. Please contact the Office of Admission with further questions.
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- 1. How do I withdraw from the law school or take a leave of absence?
- 2. How many credits can/must I take per semester?
Part-time students may take up to 11 credit hours per semester. Full-time students (12 credits minimum) may take up to 16 credits a semester. During the summer session, students may take up to eight credits. In order to qualify for financial aid, a student, regardless of part-time or full-time status, must take at least six credit hours each semester.
- 3. I missed the drop/add deadline and need to change my schedule — what can I do?
Students must schedule a meeting with Dean Needham.
- 4. How do I arrange to take an independent study?
In order to take an independent study, students must be in their third year of legal studies and must complete the Independent Study form.
- 5. Can I audit a course at John Marshall?
Unfortunately, at this time only students or graduates with more than 90 credit hours can audit courses.
- 6. I would like to take my examinations on my computer. What do I need to do?
John Marshall students can take your exams online using the SofTest exam software.
- 7. What is the policy regarding exam conflicts?
Details regarding exam accomodations or date conflicts are available on the Final Exam Policy page. The completed form should be submitted to Jim Farrell in the Academic Services Office.
- 8. How do I get an "official" transcript?
Complete details regarding official and unofficial transcripts are available on the Request a Transcript page.
- 9. Where can I get a bar application?
In order to get information on applying to the bar for any state, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website and select the state for which you wish to apply.
- 10. Where can I get information about the MPRE?
Information regarding the MPRE is available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.
- 11. Where can I find my class rank?
Unfortunately, students can not access their class rank during the semeseter; however, at the end of the semester, students will receive an email detailing their class rank information.
- 12. I'm thinking of studying as a visiting student at another law school. How do I do this?
In order to study as a visiting student at another law school, John Marshall students should review and complete the Application to Study at Another Institution form.