Policies


Admissions Policy for Summer Abroad Programs

Whittier Law School will exercise complete discretion to select applicants for its Study Abroad programs who demonstrate an ability to live and study in a foreign environment as well as a commitment to participate fully in the academic and cultural programs designed by the program directors. The Law School seeks program participants who will serve as exceptional ambassadors of Whittier Law School in the host country and reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who does not satisfy its summer abroad admission criteria.

Please read the Study Abroad Policies section carefully when considering enrolling in a program, as there are several obligations and responsibilities you take on when you enroll.

Deadlines & Payment

Enrollment is accepted on a rolling basis.

Non-refundable enrollment fee of $200.

Full Tuition & Housing Payment Deadline: March 31, 2017. (If you are applying for financial aid, please advise us by indicating so on your application.)

Last day to withdraw with no tuition obligation: March 31, 2017.

Requests to withdraw must be made in writing, and submitted via email on or before 5 p.m. March 31, 2017 or postmarked on or before March 31, 2017. Notices of withdrawal received after April will not be considered for tuition/fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after March 31 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.

There is only one exception to the policy above. A student may request a tuition refund if the student is unable to attend a summer abroad program because of the student’s participation in the Whittier Law School summer readmission program. A student participating in the summer readmission program will be refunded tuition only if it was not feasible for the student to have attended both the summer abroad program and the summer readmission program. In addition, a student will be refunded tuition only when the student completes the summer readmission program; an offer of readmission is not required. This exception applies to tuition only; it does not apply to other fees and costs.

Failure to Comply With Deadlines

Failure to comply with a deadline will not automatically withdraw you from a program(s) to which you have enrolled. Your failure to meet a defined deadline may subject you to an additional administrative fee. For more information, please contact the program director for the program in which you are enrolled:

China
Program Director, Jennifer Mertus
714-444-4141 ext. 243
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Israel
Program Director, Neil Cogan
714-444-4141 ext. 216
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Spain
Program Director, Robert M. C. Webster
714-444-4141 ext. 237
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tuition and Housing Fee Payment

You may pay your tuition and housing fees in one of these ways:

  • Pay in person at Whittier Law School. Please visit the Business Office in the Law Library.
  • Pay online at my.whittier.edu. This is for current Whittier Law School students only.
  • Send a check to: Whittier Law School, Attn – Business Office, 3333 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Please include your name and the program you will be attending.
  • Email or call the Business Office with your credit card information to pay with a credit card. You may email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (714) 444-4141 × 209. Include your name, the program you will be attending, your credit card number, and the card’s expiration date. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

Withdrawal/Cancellation

Once you submit the enrollment form and fee, you are officially enrolled in the program.

Last day to withdraw with no tuition obligation: March 31, 2017.

Students who withdraw from any study abroad program after 5:00 pm on March 31, 2017 are liable for all fees and tuition.

The only exception to this policy may be for students who complete Whittier Law School’s summer readmission program.

How to Withdraw

You must submit in writing a “Letter of Declaration” setting forth an intention to withdraw no later than the close of business on March 31, 2017. Failure to withdraw by March 31, 2017 will subject you to tuition obligations as well as other fees the Law School has advanced on your behalf.

Refund of Deposit

If the Letter of Declaration is received by March 31, 2017, all appropriate tuition and/or fees will be refunded within 10 business days of receipt of a letter of withdrawal.

Reactivating Your Application

There will be a $50 fee to re-activate your application and reserve your space in the program if you withdraw from a study abroad program, and thereafter change your mind and wish to enroll again.

Withdrawal after the March 31 Deadline

Notices of withdrawal received after March 31, 2017 will not be considered for refund or for tuition fee relief unless they meet the narrow exception above. Any program participant who withdraws after March 31, 2017 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.

Whittier Law School will not refund tuition or housing fees or grant relief from these financial obligations after the March 31 deadline, not even in the event that a student withdraws for reasons or misfortunes beyond his or her control, e.g., academic disqualification, financial aid disqualification, medical emergencies, or any other unforeseen circumstances, etc. The only exception to this policy may be for students who complete Whittier Law School’s summer readmission program.

Therefore, it is very important that you weigh carefully your decision to participate in one of Whittier Law School’s Study Abroad Programs. You are encouraged to consider Tuition Insurance.

Effect of Academic Disqualification

Students typically learn their GPA in June after all grades have been submitted and published. It is particularly important that you carefully weigh whether you should apply to a Summer Abroad program if there is an apparent risk of academic disqualification. After March 31, 2017, almost no one is excused from financial commitments. This includes those who are disqualified and those whose student loans are cancelled.

Students who learn that they are academically disqualified after enrolling in a program

Please be advised that if you fail to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline and subsequently learn that you are academically disqualified, you will be held responsible for tuition fees and any other fees we cannot recover should you decide not to attend the summer abroad program. The only exception to this policy may be for students who complete Whittier Law School’s summer readmission program.

If you learn that you are academically disqualified after the withdrawal deadline, we invite you to attend the program as a non-matriculated participant. You will be welcome to take courses and fully participate in enrichment opportunities and other program activities. However, due to your disqualification you will be ineligible to earn law school units or credit for your participation in the courses you take abroad.

If you have concerns about your plans to go abroad, please contact the program director for the program in which you are enrolled:

China
Program Director, Jennifer Mertus
714-444-4141 ext. 243
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Israel
Program Director, Neil Cogan
714-444-4141 ext. 216
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Spain
Program Director, Robert M. C. Webster
714-444-4141 ext. 237
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Program Cancellation or Material Alteration to the Program by Whittier Law School

Whittier Law School reserves the right to cancel or alter the Study Abroad Programs. The programs may be subject to cancellation if there is insufficient enrollment or if the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning or advisory for the country or area where the program will take place.

In the event of a material alteration to the program at any time, Whittier will immediately, or as soon as practicable, provide notice to all enrollees and offer any student an opportunity to withdraw without financial liability for tuition. In order to withdraw without financial liability, a student must submit in writing his or her intention to withdraw no later than five (5) business days after notice is sent. Whittier will refund any refundable fees within 20 days of receipt of the notice of withdrawal.

In the event that Whittier Law School cancels a Study Abroad Program at any time, Whittier will immediately provide notice to all enrollees and will return all refundable fees, including fees for tuition and housing, within 20 days after notice of cancellation is provided. Additionally, the Program Director will assist all displaced registrants to find suitable alternative summer programs.

In the event the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning or alert to the region or country where the program will place at any time before the start of the program, Whittier will immediately provide notice of the warning or alert and permit any enrollee the opportunity to withdraw and return all tuition and housing fees within 20 days of receipt of the notice of withdrawal.

In the event the U.S. State Department issues a travel advisory or alert for the region or country where the program takes place after the program has begun, the Whittier Program Director will immediately notify all program participants and assist any student who wishes to return to the United States. In the event that Whittier Law School terminates the program early or a student wishes to withdraw upon hearing of the notice or alert, it will refund all tuition and housing fees within 20 days.

Financial Aid Policy for Study Abroad Programs

  1. You must enroll by March 31, 2017 to ensure your Study Abroad financial aid will be awarded properly.
  2. Study Abroad is considered a trailer/extension of the current academic year (2016-17) for financial aid purpose. Thus, the FAFSA on file will be used to determine eligibility. A minimum enrollment of 3 units is required in order to obtain financial aid for Study Abroad.
  3. Tuition for the abroad program is fixed at the rate of tuition cost for each program and non-refundable, regardless of the change in academic status and/or unexpected circumstances, except as noted in the event a student completes the Whittier Law School summer readmission program. Students who are not maintaining SAP are strongly recommended to postpone their plan to study abroad until their grades meet the academic standards.
  4. Students who plan on attending any of the Law School’s abroad programs and need financial aid must:
    1. Pay the non-refundable enrollment fee when it is due.
    2. Pre-pay for any airline/transportation costs, housing deposit, and/or any other related travel expenses before the loan funds arrive.
    3. Limited financial aid funds will be available for summer, and the approval of a student loan is dependent upon the cost of summer attendance and the amount borrowed during the academic year. Generally, students will rely on the Graduate PLUS (Grad-PLUS) loan for summer enrollment. A student is required to re-visit his/her “Direct Loan” student account with the Department of Education (ED).
    4. If the previous Grad-PLUS loan was approved with an endorser, a student must submit a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the new loan. This is an additional step for the summer loan. The Financial Aid Office cannot certify any loan without the existence of a loan application or MPN in place.
    5. A student does not need to submit another MPN if his/her previous loan was approved without an endorser.
    6. In either case, a new credit check will be run by the ED before disbursement. Remember: All Grad. PLUS and Private Loans are pre-conditionally approved upon submitting the application. If the credit check fails, a student is required to re-apply with an endorser for approval.
    7. Contact, respond, and follow-up with the ED about (i) the status of the loan, and (ii) any additional or required documents for the approval of the loan.
  5. For non-WLS classes/programs, the following items are needed before any financial aid can be offered:
    1. A copy of the ‘Acceptance’ letter from the Host school.
    2. A consortium agreement must be in place with the Host and Home school.
    3. Students in this group must also follow instructions in parts © to [g] of paragraph 4 above.
  6. The financial aid budget does not cover both a student’s fixed local/home living expenses and the transient/abroad program. Arrangements for the fixed expenses are the student’s sole responsibility. The budget for the transient/abroad program includes tuition and fees, housing, airfare for the program, and a reasonable amount for miscellaneous expenses. No expense for entertainment, gifts, or leisure/personal travel can be included in the budget.
  7. Financial aid disbursement occurs within 10 days prior to the first day of any Study Abroad programs. Therefore, students shall make suitable arrangements for tuition payment (if required), any related travel expenses, and/or other needs before refund checks can be issued. If a student decides to travel early or has special accommodations, they should make arrangements with the Business Office for the release of their loan refund check.

Grading and Other Academic Policies

Grading

Students are required to attend all classes and participate actively in all classes. All students receive a course grade based on class participation and a required paper or exam administered at the end of each course. Seminar classes have limited enrollment and require regular class participation. For seminars, students may be required to make group or individual presentations, and typically the most significant component of the final grade is determined by a research paper of approximately 10-15 pages per unit of credit to be determined by the professor.

All Whittier Summer Abroad Courses are graded by using the same grading system used for the on-campus program. We do not offer courses on a Pass/No Pass basis except for units earned for Externships, Independent Study projects, and clinical or extern units. Professors report numerical grades based on a 4.0 point system as follows:

3.6 – 4.0 (A)
3.0 – 3.4 (B)
2.5 – 2.9 ©
2.3 – 2.4(C-)
1.8 – 2.2 (D)
1.7 (F)

Reporting of Grades

Whittier Law School will report all grades once they are reported and finalized by the professors. Professors submit grades no later than six weeks after the end of the program. Non-Whittier students must inquire with their home school for policies regarding accepting courses and transferring credit for courses taken at Whittier law school’s summer programs. Whether credit will be accepted and how grades will be reported at the home school is entirely at the discretion of each student’s home school.

Grading Normalization

For more information regarding Whittier Law School’s grading normalization policies, please see Whittier Law School’s Policy Manual.

Visiting Students

The acceptance of any credit or grade for courses or externships completed in a Whittier Summer Program by any law school other than Whittier Law School is subject to determination by the home school.

OTHER ACADEMIC POLICIES

Students who learn that they are academically disqualified after enrolling in a program

Please be advised that if you fail to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline and subsequently learn that you are academically disqualified, you will be held responsible for tuition fees and any other fees we cannot recover should you decide not to attend the summer abroad program. The only exception to this policy may be for students who complete Whittier Law School’s summer readmission program.

If you learn that you are academically disqualified after the withdrawal deadline, we invite you to attend the program as a non-matriculated participant. You will be welcome to take courses and fully participate in enrichment opportunities and other program activities. However, due to your disqualification you will be ineligible to earn law school units or credit for your participation in the courses you take abroad.

If you have concerns about your plans to go abroad, please contact the program director for the program in which you are enrolled:

China
Program Director, Jennifer Mertus
714-444-4141 ext. 243
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Israel
Program Director, Neil Cogan
714-444-4141 ext. 216
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Spain
Program Director, Robert M. C. Webster
714-444-4141 ext. 237
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Medical Insurance

Students are required to show proof of health insurance that covers medical expenses incurred abroad. You must purchase supplemental medical and hospital coverage for the period of your stay overseas. You should inquire with your medical provider, insurance agent or travel agent.

Whittier Law School assumes no responsibility for medical care or costs.

Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to obtain medical evacuation insurance. Such insurance may be obtained from various providers including, but not limited to, the following possible providers:

  • Travel Assistance International, (800) 821.2828
  • Global Travel Insurance, (800) 232.9145
  • Travel Insurance Services, (800) 937.1387
  • The Gateway Plans
  • Wallach & Company Inc
  • BETiNS, (866) 552.8834

Accommodations for Disabilities

If you need special accommodations for disabilities, please contact the program director for the program in which you are interested:

China
Program Director, Jennifer Mertus
714-444-4141 ext. 243
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Israel
Program Director, Neil Cogan
714-444-4141 ext. 216
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Spain
Program Director, Robert M. C. Webster
714-444-4141 ext. 237
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you are a student at a law school other than Whittier Law School, please contact the appropriate administrator at your school to advise him/her of your intentions to study abroad. It is important that the program director be notified as soon as possible and before the program begins in order to comply with ADA regulations.

2016 Program Demographics

 Whittier Law StudentsVisiting StudentsTotal Participants
Tel Aviv/Ramat Gan, Israel3912
Nanjing, China21223
Barcelona, Spain191635
Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - China
Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - France
Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - Israel
Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - Mexico Whittier Law School Study Abroad Program - Spain