Registration Policies


Students are required to register in person each semester on one of the two registration dates. Dates are scheduled on the online Academic Calendar and are also posted in the school cafe prior to registration each semester.

Late Registration Policy
A $50.00 late registration fee is charged to students who register after the scheduled registration dates. A $100.00 late registration fee is charged to students who register on or after the first scheduled class.

Proof of Health Insurance Coverage
Health Insurance Coverage is required for all students taking at least 9 credits. A student must provide proof of coverage once a year.

Proof of Immunizations
Immunization requirements apply to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of year of birth. To attend MSLAW, all undergraduate and graduate students are required to have:

  • 1 TD booster within the last 10 Years
  • 2 doses of MMR vaccine (or 2 doses of a measles- containing vaccines and 1 dose each of mumps and rubella vaccine)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine are required for all full-time and part-time students.


Add/Drop Policy
Courses may be dropped without academic penalty during the first five weeks of a regular semester and during the first week of a summer semester. After that, a student who fails to complete a course will receive a failing grade or, with the prior permission of the Dean, an incomplete.

Courses may be added during the first week of classes. After the first week, a student must receive the permission of the Dean to add any course.

A course in which an incomplete is obtained during a regular or summer semester must be completed by the end of the next regular semester in which it is given or the student will receive a failing grade.

Students who wish to withdraw from the Massachusetts School of Law should submit a hard copy letter (email is not sufficient) to the Registrar’s Office. A student who submits a letter of withdrawal is withdrawing from the entire program not just for a semester and is not eligible to return in future semesters without permission of the Admissions Committee.

Withdrawal Policy
Any student wishing to withdraw after the allowed time period must submit a petition to the Admissions Committee through the Registrar’s Office. Students who don’t properly petition will incur academic penalties.

Withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing to the Registrar. No refunds will be given after 2 weeks of classes.

Treatment of Title IV Aid When A Student Withdraws
The law specifies how MSL must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that you earn if you withdraw from MSL. The Title IV programs that are covered by this law are: Direct Loans, Direct PLUS Loans

Though your aid is posted to your account at the start of each period, you earn the funds as you complete the period. If you withdraw during your payment period or period of enrollment (your school can define these for you and tell you which one applies), the amount of Title IV program assistance that you have earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you received (or your school or parent received on your behalf) less assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds. If you received more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or you.

The amount of assistance that you have earned is determined on a pro rata basis. For example, if you completed 30% of your payment period or period of enrollment, you earn 30% of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. Once you have completed more than 60% of the payment period or period of enrollment, you earn all the assistance that you were scheduled to receive for that period.

If you did not receive all of the funds that you earned, you may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, MSL must get your permission before it can disburse them. You may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that you don’t incur additional debt. MSL needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal disbursement for all other school charges. If you do not give your permission (some schools ask for this when you enroll), you will be offered the funds. However, it may be
in your best interest to allow MSL to keep the funds to reduce your debt at the school.

There are some Title IV funds that you were scheduled to receive that cannot be disbursed to you once you withdraw because of other eligibility requirements. For example, if you are a first-time, first-year undergraduate student and you have not completed the first 30 days of your program before you withdraw, you will not receive any Direct Loan funds that you would have received had you remained enrolled past the 30th day.

If you receive (or MSL ) excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, MSL must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:

1. MSL institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of your funds, or

2. The entire amount of excess funds.

MSL must return this amount even if it didn’t keep this amount of your Title IV program funds.

If MSL is not required to return all of the excess funds, you must return the remaining amount.

Any loan funds that you must return, you repay in accordance with the terms of the Direct Loan or Graduate Plus Loan promissory note. That is, you make scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.

The requirements for Title IV program funds when you withdraw are separate from any refund policy that MSL may have. Therefore, you may still owe funds to MSL to cover unpaid institutional charges. MSL may also charge you for any Title IV program funds that it was required to return. If you don’t already know MSL’s refund policy, you should ask your at the Financial Aid office for a copy. The Financial Aid office can also provide you with the requirements and procedures for officially withdrawing from MSL.

If you have questions about your Title IV program funds, you can call the Massachusetts School of Law 1 978 681 0800 or email the Financial Aid Office at

Tuition Refunds
After registering, a student may withdraw from a course or from the program up until two weeks after the beginning of classes and will receive a refund of (or is not charged for) eighty percent of the tuition for that course. Students who withdraw subsequent to the two-week period cannot receive refunds (or remission of charges) except for sufficient cause as determined by the Dean.

Leave of Absence Policy
Leaves of absence will be granted with the permission of the Admissions Committee and only in extraordinary circumstances. Each request for a leave of absence must be submitted in writing to the Registrar, no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of classes for the semester in which the leave is sought. Requests for leaves of absence must be submitted in writing to the Registrar.

Deferral forms for undergraduate loans are filled out by the Registrar. The Registrar will mail them directly to the loan service provider once completed.

Transcript Request Policy
Transcript requests must be submitted to the Registrar along with a $5.00 check for each official transcript. No transcript will be released to or for any student or alumnus with an outstanding obligation to MSLAW. Please allow up to 15 business days for processing the transcript request.

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