Attendance is a critically important part of the law school learning process, and regular and punctual attendance demonstrates professional habits that are important for good lawyers.
UC Hastings Academic Regulation section 501 requires that all students "regularly and punctually attend class[.]" This is both a UC Hastings requirement and an ABA requirement.
Individual professors may impose additional attendance rules/requirements. Acad. Reg. § 502.
If you fail to attend class regularly and punctually, you may be administratively withdrawn from the class due to excessive absences. Acad. Reg. §§ 503 & 504. During the Add/Drop period, you must attend every class session for courses in which you are enrolled. You may be dropped from a class if you fail to attend during the Add/Drop period. This is to facilitate efficient waitlist processing. If you must miss class for any reason during the Add/Drop period, you must get permission from the Associate Academic Dean.
Please note that all absences, even those for good reason (such as for job interviews, intercollegiate competitions, clinic/externship fieldwork, severe illness), are absences for purposes of the foregoing rules. Thus, all absences, even ones for good reason, can result in a grade reduction (if the professor so provides) and can, if excessive, cause you to be administratively withdrawn from the course.
The ABA rules require that we monitor student attendance. Thus, your attendance will be monitored. The Academic Dean's Office has requested that all UC Hastings faculty members track attendance and submit, at the end of each semester, an attendance report for each course he/she taught.
Our experience is that failing attendance is often one of the first signs that a student is having serious personal or academic difficulty. When the Academic Dean's office is alerted that a student is not attending class, an effort can be made to intervene and help the student. This is another very important reason that faculty members track attendance.
Sometimes, conflicts are unavoidable despite best efforts. In that situation, please contact your professor as soon as possible to ask your professor if you may miss class and to ask your professor what you can do to make up the time you miss.
If you must be absent, please be sure to do the reading and get notes from a classmate (or two). You should do the reading and review the notes before contacting the professor with questions about the material covered in the class that you missed. You are responsible for balancing your competing obligations and for staying up with the course material.
While UC Hastings' attendance policy delineates the attendance requirements applicable to all students, this policy is not intended to deter or exclude students with a documented disability for whom a reasonable accommodation will allow successful attendance, participation in, and completion of a course or program. Excessive absences, even with an accommodation, may still result in a grade reduction or administrative withdrawal.
For information about the factors reviewed when considering an accommodation request, please see the Disability Resource Program's (DRP) Attendance Policy Modification policy. If you have a documented disability and believe you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact DRP to initiate the registration process.
By law, all accommodation requests are considered and determined on an individualized basis in an interactive process, are subject to a reasonableness standard, and are highly fact-specific.