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.

Spring Semester 2021

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

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

First Year JD Students - add to calendar 

  • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 25
     

All Students - add to calendar 

  • 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

Future and Past Semesters

  • 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
  • Fall 2019

    LLM Students

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

    First Year JD Students

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

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

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - August 26
       

    All Students

    • Labor Day Holiday (no classes meet) - September 02
    • Veteran's Day Holiday (no classes meet) - November 11
    • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday classes meet) - November 12
    • Instruction Ends - November 26
    • Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes meet) - November 28-29
    • Review Sessions / Reading Period - November 27, December 02-04 and December 13
    • Final Examinations - December 5-19
    • Semester Ends - December 19
    • Winter Campus Closure - December 24-January 1
  • Spring 2020

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

    • Short Course Instruction (J-term) - January 6-17
    • Course Instruction Begins - January 21
       

    First Year JD Students

    • Semester Course Instruction Begins - January 21
       

    All Students

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet) - January 20
    • Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes meet) - February 17
    • Spring Break - March 23-27
    • Cesar Chavez Holiday (administrative offices closed) - March 27
    • Administrative Makeup Monday (Monday Classes Meet) -April 7
    • Instruction Ends - April 28
    • Review Sessions / Reading Period - April 29-May 1 and May 8
    • Final Examinations - May 4-14
    • Semester Ends - May 14
    • Commencement - May 15
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