Student Relations

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

Taking a Leave of Absence from School

Note: Please see Whittier Law School Policies Manual to remain abreast of any changes in policy.

If you believe that you should take a leave of absence from school, please schedule an appointment to privately meet with the Assistant Dean for Student Relations.

A student may take a leave of absence for up to one (1) year. Students taking leaves of absence from school shall be subject to the Whittier Law School Refund Policy. Any student who fails to return from his or her leave of absence will be administratively withdrawn from school.

Before the last three (3) weeks of a semester, or the last two (2) weeks of a summer session, a student may take a leave of absence from school only by a petition granted by the Assistant Dean for Student Relations for good cause.

During the last three (3) weeks of a semester, or the last two (2) weeks of a summer session, a student may take a leave of absence from school only by a petition granted by the Academic Standards Committee (“ASC”) for good cause. A student should forward any such petition to the ASC to the Assistant Dean for Student Relations, who will then forward it to the ASC for review and consideration.

If a student is granted permission to take a leave of absence from school prior to completing a year-long course, any interim grade the student may have earned will be changed to a “W,” and the student must repeat that course when the student returns from the leave of absence.

Download the Leave of Absence Petition

Download the Notice of Return from Leave of Absence Form

Withdrawing from School *

Before the last three (3) weeks of a semester, or the last two (2) weeks of a summer session, a student may withdraw from school only by a petition granted by the Assistant Dean for Student Relations for good cause.

During the last three (3) weeks of a semester, or the last two (2) weeks of a summer session, a student may withdrawal from school only by a petition granted by the Academic Standards Committee (“ASC”) 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 After the end of five (5) day period, the student will be administratively withdrawn from Whittier Law School.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 subject to the Whittier Law School Refund Policy and Title IV regulations.

Download the Withdrawal Petition