Student Services FAQ

General Questions
When are class rankings available?
What do I do if I forget to sign the attendance sheet in my first year class?
Where can I find reading assignments for the first day of class?
Where can I find applications to take the MPRE?
Where can I find a Moral Character Application?
Where do I find information on Financial Aid?
Where do I find information on Scholarships?
Where do I find applications to take the bar exam?
How do I get a report of my first year mid-term grades?
How do I request a Letter of Good Standing?
How do I order a transcript?
How do I calculate my GPA?
How do I change my address?

Exam Questions
How do I find out when my exams are scheduled?
When are the grades due?
How do I reschedule my exams?

Course & Registration Questions
Where do I find course descriptions?
How do I register for extra units?
How does the wait list work?
How do I drop a class?
How do I pay my bill?
How do I get help accessing E-Campus?
How do I decide which classes to take?
How do I audit a class?

Graduation Questions
How early should my family show up for the ceremony?
Where can I find information about the graduation ceremony?
When will I receive my diploma?


General Questions

When are class rankings available?
Percentile rankings for each class year and program (e.g. first-year day, first-year evening, etc.) will be computed annually, based upon the relevant cumulative grade point averages each August. Class rank at the time of graduation in the spring will be computed for the entire graduating class combined (December, May, and July Graduates). Ranking reports can not be produced until all grade rosters have been turned in by the professors and all degrees have been posted.

What do I do if I forget to sign the attendance sheet in my first year class?
Students may not sign an attendance sheet after the class is over. If you were in class but forgot to sign the sheet, you may submit an attendance petition to the Student Services Office explaining the situation. The petition will be kept with the attendance records for that class and the professor will be informed if you miss more than 3 classes.

Where can I find reading assignments for the first day of class?
For current reading assignments, please consult your professor’s ClaraNet course page. Go to http://claranet.scu.edu, choose "Main Index to Course Materials and Departmental Information", choose your professor, and choose the name of your course. If there are no assignments listed, the professor has not yet assigned anything.

Where can I find applications to take the MPRE?
Applications packets are available on the MPRE website:http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/.

Where can I find a Moral Character Application?
The California State Bar no longer prints hard copies of the Moral Character Applications. You must apply on-line.

Where do I find information on Financial Aid?
New students should consult the Admissions financial aid page: law.scu.edu/financialaid/. New Students can also check with the financial aid counselor in the admissions office. Continuing students should either call the Law Financial Aid Office at (408) 551-1719.

Where do I find information on Scholarships?
New students should consult the scholarships information on this web page:law.scu.edu/financialaid/scholarships. The School of Law has established several endowed scholarship funds that make awards to upper-division students in recognition of their academic excellence, diversity, and public service. Continuing students are notified about the availability of these scholarships, and are encouraged to apply. For more information, go to: law.scu.edu/financialaid/scholarships-for-current-students.

Where do I find applications to take the bar exam?
The California State Bar no longer prints hard copies of their applications. You must fill out the application on-line. It is available at: http://calbar.xap.com/Applications/CalBar/California_Bar_Exam/default.asp.

How do I get a report of my first year mid-term grades?
Because first-year mid-term grades are not real grades, they are not reported through E-Campus and do not show up on transcripts. The Law Student Services Office will send out weekly e-mails in January to each first year student reporting all grades entered at that time. Please retain this e-mail for your records.

Students who require official proof of their grades for employment reimbursement purposes can request a letter through the Law Student Services Office. Submit a Letter Request Form available in the office or on-line at:law.scu.edu/studentservices/letter-request-form.

How do I request a Letter of Good Standing?br />
Fill out the Letter Request Form and submit it to the Law Student Services Office. Forms are available in the office or on-line at:law.scu.edu/studentservices/letter-request-form Note: A minimum of 72 work hours is required to complete letters. During times of heavy work load in student services, turn-around time may be longer.

How do I order a transcript?
Transcripts are printed through the University Records Office. Please call the ‘Transcript Hotline’ at (408) 554 – 4333. For more information, go to:http://www.scu.edu/studentrecords/Frequently-Asked-Questions#transcript.

How do I calculate my GPA?
The easiest way to find your GPA is to check your transcript on E-Campus. If you wish to calculate your GPA, please follow the directions below.

The grading system of the School of Law is as follows:

A = 4.33
A – = 4.00
B+ = 3.67
B = 3.33
B- = 3.00
C+ = 2.67 
C = 2.33
C- = 2.00
D+ = 1.67
D = 1.33
D- = 1.00
F = 0.00

The A range denotes outstanding scholarship; the B range indicates above average work; the C and C+ indicate work demonstrating professional competence; C- and D describe work that is below the range of professional competence but sufficient for residency credit. F is failing work, unsatisfactory for both unit and residence credit.

To calculate your grade point average, do the following:

  1. Multiply the unit value of each graded course by the grade points earned for that course to determine the ‘total grade points earned for each class’. (See above for grade points)
  2. Add together all of the ‘total grade points earned for each class’ to find your ‘total grade points’.
  3. Divide the ‘total grade points’ by the total number of units earned in all of your graded courses combined.
  4. This is your grade point average.

How do I change my address?
Students can change addresses through E-Campus. Please note: The University maintains 2 addresses on each student – a current mailing address and a permanent address. In some cases, Student Accounts may maintain a third address for billing.

Exam Questions

How do I find out when my exams are scheduled?
The schedule of courses from which you registered for classes lists the exam day and time for each class. A month before the exam period begins, the exam schedule is posted in Bannan and on ClaraNet. It lists the classrooms assigned for each exam.

When are the grades due?
Grades are due 30 days from the date that the bulk of the exams were made available for the professor to pick up. The Law Student Services Office maintains a chart, posted outside the office and on ClaraNet, that lists grade due dates and the dates that they are turned in.

How do I reschedule my exams?
First, please read the Exam Reschedule policy located in the Student Handbook and in the front of your Academic Planner to determine if your exams are eligible for rescheduling: law.scu.edu/bulletin/examinations

If they are, please complete the Exam Reschedule Request form available in the Student Services Office and on-line at:law.scu.edu/studentservices/exam-reschedule-form

For the fall and spring semesters students must request a reschedule within the first eight weeks of the start of the semester. Summer students must request a reschedule within the first four weeks of the start of the session. Requests must be submitted to the Faculty Support Office. Late requests will not be approved.

Course Questions

Where do I find course descriptions?
When reviewing the Schedule of Classes on the Student Services web page, click on the name of the class you are interested in to see the description. A complete list of course descriptions is available at:http://law.scu.edu/academics/academics-course-list.

How do I register for extra units?
Part time students are allowed to sign up for up to 11 units. Full time students may register for as many as 17. Student wishing to exceed these limits must submit a petition to the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Services. Please plan to do this well in advance of your registration appointment.

How does the wait list work?
Wait lists are formed after a particular class is closed; wait lists determine the priority for enrollment as seats become available. During the initial registration period, students confronted with a closed class should place their names on the wait list immediately through E-Campus. Click on "Wait List Okay" and attempt to add the class a second time. Once on a wait list, students should register for an alternate class. Wait lists will be posted each day beginning one week before classes begin and ending the first Thursday of the semester. Wait lists are posted on the "Administrative Notes" bulletin board in Bannan Hall, on the bulletin board outside the Student Services Office, and on ClaraNet. A student may register when the statement "Eligible to Enroll" appears next to his/her name on the wait list. The eligibility statement will also contain an expiration date, after which the student will no longer be eligible. It is the student’s responsibility to check the wait lists daily to determine eligibility. Eligible students should fill out an Add/Drop form either in person or on-line and submit it to the Student Services Office before the expiration time and date. The final wait list is posted on the last Thursday of the add/drop period. The next day, Friday, any classes with seats still open will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I drop a class?
Students may drop any upper-division course without professor approval through the fourth week of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to know the tuition and fee refund provisions. After the fourth week of the semester, classes may be dropped only with the professor’s signature and the approval of the assistant dean for student services. The Add/Drop form is available from the Student Services Office. After the 10th week of the semester, classes may be dropped for good cause shown and only with the permission of the assistant dean for student services. The cause need not be grave, but it should not appear to the assistant dean that the student is simply dropping the class for some inappropriate reason. During the last week of classes, the assistant dean will give permission to drop a course only upon a student’s written petition documenting reasons why taking the scheduled examination or requesting a delayed examination would impose an undue and unforeseen hardship on the student. After the last class day of the semester, but before and up to the date of the regularly scheduled final examination, all requests to drop a course will be referred to the dean or his delegate. Permission to drop a class after classes have ended, but before the scheduled examination, will be granted by the dean only after further consultation with the instructor and only for extraordinary circumstances. No class may be dropped after the regularly scheduled final examination is administered. In the case of courses requiring a paper or other non-examination requirement, no class may be dropped after the last day of classes. First-year students may not drop classes except in extraordinary circumstances. When such circumstances exist, the assistant dean for student services may permit a day student to drop to the standard first-year evening course selection (i.e., drop Pleading and Civil Procedure, and, if done in the fall, drop Criminal Law). No other courses can be dropped. Students who stop attending a class and do not complete the formal drop process are subject to receiving an "F" grade and are liable for tuition. Students who do not take a final examination or complete required work will receive an "F" grade.

How do I pay my bill?
Students can pay through E-Campus or in person at the Bursar’s Office. For more information, call the Bursar at (408) 554 – 4412 or go to:http://www.scu.edu/bursar/payment/index.

How do I get help accessing E-Campus?
Early during your first semester at the Law School, you will receive an e-mail from the IT department which contains instructions for accessing E-Campus and a temporary password. If you have forgotten your password or are having trouble accessing the system either:

-Click on the Forgot My Password link on the E-Campus log-in screen,
or
– Send an email to ecampus@scu.edu.

IT usually responds to requests within a day or two. Please plan to start this process well in advance of your registration time.

How do I decide which classes to take?
Each spring, the Law School holds an ‘Academic Advising Week’. During this week, presentations are made by the deans and administrators giving advice and guidance on scheduling strategies. Professors are also available during this week to meet with students individually for academic advising. The Academic Advising Book is available on-line. Click Here to download. Students should also feel free to meet with professors, deans and the registrar for further advice and information.

How do I audit a class?
Generally, the right to audit courses is limited to practicing attorneys and judges. Current students may petition to audit a course on a space-available basis. Tuition will be charged. Audited courses will be designated as such on the transcript. See here for more information.

Graduation Questions

How early should my family show up for the ceremony?
The ceremony starts at 10:30 am. Family members start showing up as early as 8:00 am. There are no tickets and there is no assigned seating. PLEASE BE ADVISED – there is no "saving seats" allowed.

Where can I find information about the graduation ceremony
Refer to the Law Graduates blog.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are printed and distributed through the University Student Records Office. Typically, diplomas are mailed out 6 months after all degrees are posted. (Transcripts are available right away, if you need proof of your degree.) You can reach the University Student Records Office at (408) 554-4331.