The following are questions frequently asked of Student Relations, and the answers most often given. Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and you are always welcome to ask your questions in person or via email. We know that even the most “general” of questions can always have a unique and personalized aspect.
Q: Does Whittier Law School have an attendance policy?
A: Regular class attendance and preparation are deemed essential to a satisfactory understanding of a course of study. Students are required to attend every class meeting, and instructors are required to take attendance. Unexcused absences may result in grade penalties. A student who is absent from more than 20% of the class hours in any given course may be disqualified from further attendance at that course, and the student may be ineligible to take the final examination. Instructors shall notify the Assistant Dean for Student Relations when a student has had started to have a number of absences that could result in disqualification under this rule. A student may petition the Assistant Dean for Student Relations for a waiver of the disqualification based upon a showing of good cause for the absences and an assurance of no future absences.
Q: Is there someone in Student Relations I can meet with for academic counseling?
A: Yes, Radha Pathak, the Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Engagement, or Camille Heenan, Director of Student and Alumni Relations.
Q: Who do I see about ADA accommodations?
Q: After my first year, can I change from part-time to full-time, or vice versa?
A: Yes. A student may change status from full- to part-time or part- to full-time only by a petition granted by the Assistant Dean for Student Relations for good cause.
The Law School does not tape classes for students. We understand that students who know in advance that they will miss a class or more may wish to have those classes taped. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to have a friend or peer tape the class, after obtaining the professor’s permission to tape the class. Faculty members have complete discretion to deny such a request.
Q: Who do I talk to about exam conflicts?
A: The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (714-444-4141, ext. 111). Please note that, pursuant to Whittier Law School Policy, a student’s examination schedule which consists of three examinations in a 24-hour period start to finish would constitute an approved excuse for changing the date or time of one of the student’s exams. Two examinations in one day is not an approved excuse.
Q: What do I do if I am ill on the day of a test?
A: Contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (714-444-4141, ext. 111) as soon as possible in advance of the test in order to request consideration for exam relief, i.e., taking the test at another time. Exam relief is not readily granted and proof of illness or other need for exam relief must be provided. Under no circumstances should you contact your professor to tell them that you are too ill to take the test, as that might compromise test anonymity and is in violation of school policy. Students receiving Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations who seek exam relief due to illness or other reasons should contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at 714-444-4141 ext. 111.
Q: Who do I see about transcripts, grades, ranking requests and letter of good standing?
Q: What do I do if I need medical attention?
A: If an emergency and you are on campus, you should call 911 and then immediately notify Campus Safety (714-444-4141, ext. 401).
Q: Does the law school have a Health Center?
A: No, but Whittier College has a Health Center and the law students are entitled to use it. Please visit http://www.whittier.edu/Students/HealthAndWellness/HealthCenter/ for further information.
Q: Does the law school require health insurance?
A: No. We encourage students to research health insurance options. The following websites can help you start your research:
Q: Is there someone I can see for personal counseling?
A: Yes, a counselor from Whittier College will be on campus Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 326. Schedule an appointment: 562-907-4239.
Q: I have heard that students must sometimes petition in order for a request to be considered. To whom do I submit my petition?
A: Petitions vary. Some can be completed on the Petition form. Others may require you to go into more detail and write a petition in a typical memo format. In any event, please contact Student Relations to discuss. Also, whenever you petition the Academic Standards Committee (“ASC”), as provided for in the Policies Manual, please send your petition to the Assistant Dean for Student Relations, who will then make sure that it is transmitted to the ASC.
Q: My first year schedule was set for me. Is there someone I can speak with to get advice on what upper division courses I should take and when I should take them?
A: Yes. The Assistant Dean for Student Relations and Alumni Relations, & Director of Student Relations and Alumni Relations are available to meet with you to plan your schedule and assist you at any time.
Q: Do we have a policy manual and is it important for me to be familiar with it.
A: Yes and yes! The manual contains information regarding the grading system, class load and attendance, the Dean’s List, and virtually every possible question you can imagine. The Policy Manual may be found on-line as a PDF at http://www.law.whittier.edu/index/student-affairs/policy-manual/ Also included in the Policy Manual are the following; Code of Student Conduct; Policy on Plagiarism and Misuse of Sources; Examination Rules; Policy for Students and Applicants with Disabilities; Sexual Harassment Policy; Student Educational Records (FERPA) Policy; Crime Awareness and Security Policy; Drug Policy; Alcoholic Beverage Policy; and Earthquake Preparedness Policy.
Q: I am an officer or member of a student organization and have questions regarding event planning, expense reimbursement, and other related issues. Who do I speak with to obtain advice and learn about applicable policies?
Q: May I take courses at another law school?
A: Yes. Students seeking to take courses at other ABA law schools, including summer programs at other schools or in foreign countries, must first obtain written permission from the Assistant Dean for Student Relations. A maximum of six (6) units for courses taken at other law schools after starting at Whittier Law School will be counted toward graduation requirements. It is best to set up an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Student Relations to discuss our policies regarding visiting at another school.
Q: How do I withdraw from law school?
A: Before the last three weeks of the semester or the last two weeks of the summer session, a student may withdraw from school only by a petition granted by the Assistant Dean of Student Relations for good cause. During the last three weeks of the semester and the last two weeks of summer session, a student may withdraw from school only by a petition granted by the Academic Standards Committee for good cause.
If a student indicates his or her intent to withdraw from Whittier Law School, but does not complete a withdrawal form, Whittier Law School will provide written notice that the student must formally withdraw within five (5) business days. After the end of the five (5) day period, the student will be administratively withdrawn from Whittier Law School.
If a student withdraws from school, the student is not eligible to return to school unless the student is readmitted after reapplication to law school through the Admissions Office.
Students withdrawing from school will be subjected to the Whittier Law School Refund Policy and Title IV regulations.