Academic Calendar

Our academic year begins in mid-August, when we welcome first-year students for orientation and events, and closes with commencement in mid-May, when we hand hard-earned diplomas to our newest alumni.

Fall Semester 2021

LLM Students - add to calendar

  • Short Course Instruction (American Law in a Global Context) - August 11-20
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 23

First Year MLS Students - add to calendar

  • Short course Instruction (Introduction to Law) - August 16-20
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 23

First Year JD Students - add to calendar

  • Orientation - August 12-13
  • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Legal Analysis) - August 16-20
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 23

Advanced JD (2L & 3L), MLS, SJD Students - add to calendar

  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 23

All Students - add to calendar

  • Labor Day (no classes meet) - September 6
  • Veteran’s Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 11
  • Administrative Makeup Thursday (Thursday classes meet) - November 23
  • Instruction Ends - November 23
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 25 - 26
  • Review Sessions / Reading Period - November 24, November 29-December 2, and December 10
  • Final Examinations - December 3-17
  • Semester Ends - December 17
  • Winter Campus Closure - TBD

Future and Past Semesters

  • Spring 2022

    Advanced JD (2L & 3L) LLM, MLS & SJD Students - add to calendar

    • Short Course Instruction (January courses) - January 3-14
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 18

    First Year JD Students - add to calendar

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 18

    All Students - add to calendar

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (administrative offices closed) - January 17
    • Presidents’ Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 21
    • Spring Break - March 21-25
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 25
    • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - April 26
    • Instruction Ends - April 26
    • Review Session/Reading Period - April 27-29 and May 6                            
    • Final Examinations - May 2 - 12
    • Semester Ends - May 12
    • Commencement - May 13
  • Fall 2020

    LLM Students

    • Short Course Instruction (American Law in a Global Context) - August 12-21
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 24

    MLS Students

    • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Law) - August 17-21
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 24

    First Year JD Students

    • Orientation - August 13-14
    • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Legal Analysis) - August 17-21
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 24

    Advanced JD (2L & 3L) & SJD Students

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 24

    All Students

    • Labor Day Holiday (no classes meet) - September 7
    • Election Day (no classes meet) - November 3
    • Veteran's Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 11
    • Instruction Ends - November 25
    • Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes meet) - November 26-27
    • Review Sessions / Reading Period - November 30-December 3 and December 11
    • Final Examinations - December 4-18
    • Semester Ends - December 18
    • Winter Campus Closure (tentative) - December 19-January 3
  • Spring 2021

    Advanced JD (2L & 3L), LLM, MLS & SJD Students

    • MLS Program Begins - January 4
    • Short Course Instruction (J-term) - January 4-15
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 25

    First Year JD Students

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 25

    All Students

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (administrative offices closed) - January 18
    • Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 15
    • Spring Break - March 22-26
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 26
    • Instruction Ends - May 3
    • Review Sessions / Reading Period - May 4-7 and 14
    • Final Examinations - May 10-20
    • Semester Ends - May 20
    • Commencement - May 21
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