You may receive a refund of tuition provided you submit a withdrawal form to the Office of Records & Registration within the dates published in the refund schedule. (Refunds are not applicable to students who remain within the full-time credit load while adding or dropping courses.) The refund period is defined as the first four weeks of the term for which the application for refund is filed. No refund is granted after the fourth week of classes. The processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks. Note that registration fees are nonrefundable once the semester begins.
Note that some refund deadlines fall on a Sunday. If you decide to drop courses which would entitle you to a refund on a weekend deadline date, you should contact the Office of Academic Services via email or fax (see below) in order to meet the deadline.
During the first week of the semester, students may utilize ABRA to add and drop courses. However, ABRA will not allow you to drop the last course on your schedule, if you plan to withdraw completely from the Law School. Instead, you must complete a withdrawal form or submit a letter via mail, fax (212-995-4535) or email to the Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Registration.
After the first week of the semester, students may drop a course by submitting a drop form, or a letter via mail, fax, or email, to the Office of Academic Services. ABRA is no longer available for this function. A seminar or colloquium may only be dropped with the written permission of the faculty member on the drop form.
Students who receive financial aid—scholarships or loans—must speak with the Office of Student Financial Services if they are dropping below full time status as this may affect their eligibility for funding.
The date of receipt by the School of Law of the drop or withdrawal request, not the last date of attendance in class, is considered the official date of the student's drop or withdrawal. This date is used for computing any refund (please see the refund chart available in the Withdrawal and Tuition section of your Year-Long Registration Guides).
Part-time graduate students should pay special attention to the refund schedule. Note, for example, that if a course is dropped during the period in which 100% tuition is refunded, you may drop and add without financial penalty. However, after the 100% refund deadline, any drop will be refunded at the stated rate and you will be charged for any additional course(s).