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 2024

LLM Students - add to calendar

  • Short Course Instruction (American Law in a Global Context) - August 14-23
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 26

First Year MLS Students - add to calendar

  • Short course Instruction (Introduction to Law and Fundamentals) - August 3-7
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 26

First Year JD Students - add to calendar

  • Orientation - August 15-16
  • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Legal Analysis) - August 19-23
  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 26

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

  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 26

All Students - add to calendar

  • Labor Day (no classes meet) - September 2
  • Pro Bono Day (no classes meet) - November 5
  • Veteran's Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 11
  • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - November 27 (Wednesday)
  • Instruction Ends - November 27
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 28-29
  • Review Sessions/Reading Period - December 2-5
  • Final Examinations - December 6-20
  • Semester Ends - December 20
  • Winter Campus Closure – TBD

Future Semesters

  • Spring 2025

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

    • Short Course Instruction (January courses) - January 2-15
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 16 (Monday classes meet)

    First Year JD Students - add to calendar

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 16 (Monday classes meet)

    All Students - add to calendar

    • First Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - January 16 (Thursday)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes meet) - January 20
    • Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 17
    • Spring Break - March 24-28
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 28
    • Second Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - April 25 (Friday)
    • Instruction Ends - April 25
    • Review Session/Reading Period - April 28-May 1
    • Final Examinations - May 2-15
    • Semester Ends - May 16
    • Commencement - May 16
    • Memorial Day - May 26

Past Semesters

  • Spring 2024

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

    • Short Course Instruction (January courses) - January 3-13 (Includes Saturdays 1/6 & 1/13)
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 16

    First Year JD Students

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 16

    All Students

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes meet) - January 15
    • Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 19
    • Spring Break - March 25-29
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 29
    • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - April 23 (Tuesday)
    • Instruction Ends - April 23
    • Review Session/Reading Period - April 24-26
    • Final Examinations – April 29-May 9
    • Semester Ends - May 10
    • Commencement - May 10
  • Fall 2023

    LLM Students

    • Short Course Instruction (American Law in a Global Context) - August 9-18
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 21

    First Year MLS Students

    • Short course Instruction (Introduction to Law) - August 14-18
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 21

    First Year JD Students

    • Orientation - August 10-11
    • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Legal Analysis) - August 14-18
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 21

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

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 21

    All Students

    • Labor Day (no classes meet) - September 4
    • Pro Bono Day (no classes meet) - October 24
    • Veteran's Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 10
    • Administrative Makeup Friday (Friday classes meet) - November 22 (Wednesday)
    • Instruction Ends - November 22
    • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 23-24
    • Review Sessions/Reading Period - November 27-November 30, and December 8
    • Final Examinations - December 1-15
    • Semester Ends - December 15
    • Winter Campus Closure - December 23-January 2
  • Spring 2023

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

    • Short Course Instruction (January courses) - January 3 – 13 (Includes Saturday 1/7)
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 17

    First Year JD Students

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 17

    All Students

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes meet) - January 16
    • Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 20
    • Spring Break - March 27 - 31
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 31
    • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - April 25 (Tuesday)
    • Instruction Ends - April 25
    • Review Session/Reading Period - April 26 – 28 & May 5
    • Final Examinations - May 1 - 11
    • Semester Ends - May 11
    • Commencement - May 12
  • Fall 2022

    LLM Students

    • Short Course Instruction (American Law in a Global Context) - August 10-19
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 22

    First Year MLS Students

    • Short course Instruction (Introduction to Law) - August 15-19
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 22

    First Year JD Students

    • Orientation - August 11-12
    • Short Course Instruction (Introduction to Legal Analysis) - August 15-19
    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 22

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

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 22

    All Students

    • Labor Day (no classes meet) - September 5
    • Election Day (no classes meet) - November 8
    • Veteran's Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 11
    • Administrative Makeup Friday (Friday classes meet) - November 23 (Wednesday)
    • Instruction Ends - November 23
    • Thanksgiving Holiday - November 24-25
    • Review Sessions/Reading Period - November 28-December 1, and December 9
    • Final Examinations - December 2-16
    • Semester Ends - December 16
    • Winter Campus Closure - TBD
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