Academic Calendar

As you review important dates throughout the semester, please review the correlating Refund Policy.

Fall 2020

Orientation for new JD students (day) August 17–19
Orientation for new JD students (evening) August 17–20
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) August 24
Last day to add/drop individual courses with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) September 4
Labor Day (no classes) September 7
Graduation application deadline September 11
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) October 30
Spring registration November 2–6
Election Day (no classes) November 3
Last day of regular class November 23
Review sessions/reading period November 24–29
Thanksgiving Holiday November 26–27
Final exams November 30–December 11
Commencement (Online) Saturday, December 12, 2020
No classes December 14–January 10
Winter recess (administrative offices closed) December 24–January 3
Instructor grading deadline* December 29 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Spring 2021

Administrative offices open January 4
Orientation for new JD students January 5–7
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) January 11
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 18
Last day to add/drop individual courses with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) January 22
Graduation application deadline January 29
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) March 19
Spring Break (no classes) March 22–26
Summer registration March 29–April 2
Fall registration March 29–April 2
Last day of regular classes April 19
Review sessions/reading period April 20–25
Final exams April 26–May 7
Commencement Saturday, May 8, 2021
Instructor grading deadline* May 25 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Summer 2021

Accelerated Trial Advocacy (see Refund Policy) May 17–26
Last day to add/drop Accelerated Trial Advocacy with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) May 19
First day of Externships (see Refund Policy) June 7
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) June 14
Instructor grading deadline (Accelerated Trial Ad only)* June 15 (@ 5 p.m. CT)
Last day to add/drop individual courses, including Externships, with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) June 18
Independence Day Holiday (no classes) July 5
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) July 16
Last day of regular classes July 28
Final exams July 30-August 3
Instructor grading deadline* August 10 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Fall 2021

Orientation for new JD students (day) August 16–18
Orientation for new JD students (evening) August 16–19
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) August 23
Last day to add/drop individual courses with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) September 3
Labor Day (no classes) September 6
Graduation application deadline September 10
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) October 29
Spring registration November 1–5
Last day of regular class November 22
Review sessions/reading period November 23–28
Thanksgiving Holiday November 25–26
Final exams November 29–December 10
Commencement TBD
No classes December 13–January 9
Winter recess (administrative offices closed) December 24–January 3
Instructor grading deadline* December 28 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Spring 2022

Administrative offices open January 4
Orientation for new JD students Week of January 3
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) January 10
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes) January 17
Last day to add/drop individual courses with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) January 21
Graduation application deadline January 28
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) March 18
Spring Break (no classes) March 21–25
Summer registration March 28–April 1
Fall registration March 28–April 1
Last day of regular classes April 18
Review sessions/reading period April 19–24
Final exams April 25–May 6
Commencement Saturday, May 7, 2021
Instructor grading deadline* May 24 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Summer 2022

Accelerated Trial Advocacy (see Refund Policy) May 16–25
Last day to add/drop Accelerated Trial Advocacy with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) May 18
First day of Externships (see Refund Policy) June 6
First day of regular classes (see Refund Policy) June 13
Instructor grading deadline (Accelerated Trial Ad only)* June 14 (@ 5 p.m. CT)
Last day to add/drop individual courses, including Externships, with tuition refund (see Refund Policy) June 17
Independence Day Holiday (no classes) July 4
Last day to late drop with approval and receive "W" grade on academic record (see Refund Policy) July 15
Last day of regular classes July 27
Final exams July 29-August 3
Instructor grading deadline* August 9 (@ 5 p.m. CT)

Each fall and spring semester includes 13 weeks of instruction, a reading period, and 2 weeks of final examinations.

∗Although this is the instructor deadline, grades will not be visible to students for approximately two business days or more given necessary processing time and/or a holiday.

Past Academic Calendars