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.

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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