Course Withdrawals - Upperclass Students
Course Withdrawal Policy* (see page 35-36 (JD) and page 77-78 (LLM) of the Student Handbook):
Except as otherwise provided for professor permission courses, clinics, practicum courses, externships,** or courses where a student's work, other than class participation, has been submitted for grading by the professor, an upperclass student may withdraw from a course up to and including the last day of classes for that course after consultation with and approval by an advisor (see below for how to seek such approval).
The advisor will advise the student of the consequences of withdrawing before authorizing a withdrawal. Withdrawals are recorded on the student's transcript as "withdrawal" or "W." If student work has been submitted for grading or the student failed to submit work by the deadline (including any extension), the advisor may authorize the withdrawal if there is a showing of exceptional circumstances. While this determination should be made on a case-by-case basis, the faculty does not expect these withdrawals to be authorized unless it would be unreasonable to have the student complete the course under the circumstances presented.
Students who wish to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period has passed must complete the Course Withdrawal Request Form provided below. The form should be completed (including obtaining any required signatures, if applicable) and submitted to the advisor prior to the meeting. The form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of class for the course in which you are requesting the withdrawal, so please plan accordingly. If you attempt to schedule an appointment with an Advisor at the last minute, there is a risk that you will be unable to meet with the advisor and withdraw from the course. Students who do not receive approval by the last day of class are expected to complete all course requirements.
*This form applies only to upperlevel course withdraw requests. J.D. students who are considering withdrawing from a first-year course (including those taken during the upperclass years by part-time students) must contact the Dean of Students at 202-662-4066.
**There are additional restrictions and/or signatures required where a student requests to withdraw from a professor permission course, practicum course, or externship. These are detailed in the form and in the Student Handbook of Academic Policies (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/go/handbook). J.D. students who are considering withdrawing from a clinic should see page 34 of the Student Handbook (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/go/handbook) and contact the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education for more information.
Setting up an appointment with an advisor:
J.D. Students, call the Office of J.D. Academic Services at 202-662-9041 or the Office of the Dean of Students at 202-662-4066 to make an appointment with an advisor.
LL.M. Students, see http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/advising-counseling/llm-sjd-advising.cfm for a comprehensive list.
Foreign exchange students should first contact Cara Morris, at 202-662-9860.
Important Warnings before you Withdraw:
Financial Aid: Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits (for J.D. students) or 4 credits for LL.M. students) in the Fall or Spring to remain eligible for financial aid. Students borrowing federal loans should review the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and/or talk with a financial aid advisor to discuss any questions related to the specific application of the policy.
Student Health Insurance: Students who, due to withdrawals, are registered for fewer than 8 credits in a Fall semester may not be eligible for health insurance coverage under the Premier Plan. Students should review the information found on the Student Health Insurance website http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/insurance, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
International Students: Due to U.S. visa regulations, students in F-1 or J-1 student visa status who wish to withdraw from any course or from the Law Center must obtain prior approval from the International Student Advisor at email@example.com.