E. REGISTRAR INFORMATION
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
OFFICE HOURS: THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE IS OPEN WEEKDAYS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:15 P.M.
The Registrar’s Office is responsible for all records concerning a student’s academic history. In addition to conducting registration, the office is responsible for class schedules, course descriptions, grades, transcript requests, letters of good standing, and information on state bar requirements and applications. For more information, please visit the Registration and Records page on the school’s website at www.cwsl.edu under Current Students.
II. ADDRESS CHANGES
It is important that students keep the Registrar’s Office informed of their current mailing address. Important notices and information are mailed throughout the year. Change of address forms are available at the Registrar’s Office or on the on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records.
III. ADDING/DROPPING CLASSES
Upperclass students may add or drop classes within the allowed add/drop periods (see Academic Policies Section 3.04). A first year student may add, drop, or change courses or sections ONLY with permission of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. Such permission will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. See “Statement of Academic Policies” Section 3.04. Petition forms are available on line on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records, the Registrar’s Office, and the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs’ Office.
The American Bar Association requires regular and punctual class attendance. Attendance records are maintained by the Faculty Support Services Office and information regarding the number of missed classes can be obtained from the Student Portal (https://securenet.cwsl.edu/students) under My Account and from the Faculty Support Services office.
V. BAR ADMISSION - CERTIFICATIONS
For information on Admission to the State Bar of California and other states, please see State Bar Information on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records. Bar admission rules and practices vary with each state and are subject to change. Specific, up-to-date answers to questions concerning applications and admission requirements should be obtained from the bar admission administrator of the jurisdiction involved. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules of the state in which they intend to seek admission, especially those rules relating to registration, deadlines, residency requirements, character and fitness, and courses which may be required during law school.
VI. ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATIONS AND LETTERS OF GOOD STANDING
To request a letter certifying enrollment or good standing, fill out a request form available on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records or at the Registrar’s Office.
Grades for each semester are released after all grades have been submitted to the Registrar. Grades are not posted. Grades are available online through the Student Portal (https://securenet.cwsl.edu/students/).
ViIi. GRADUATION CERTIFICATIONS
Certifications of graduation are processed upon completion of all graduation requirements and after the degree has been posted. Graduation certification forms for the state bar are generally included in the bar registration/application for each state and must be requested and obtained by the student from that state’s bar admissions office. Links to the various State Bar Admissions Offices are on the on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records.
Petitions regarding academic matters should be directed to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. The forms are available in the Registrar’s Office, the Vice Dean’s Office, and on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records.
X. RANKING/CLASS STANDING
After the posting of grades for each trimester, students are ranked by class year (see Academic Policies, Section 6.07) on the basis of their cumulative grade point average. Full-time first-year students are not ranked until the end of the first year (completion of two trimesters). Part-time students are ranked after the completion of their third trimester or after having successfully completed 25 units (whichever comes first).
XI. REGISTRATION FOR 2ND AND 3RD YEAR COURSES
Registration is conducted through the Student Portal (https://securenet.cwsl.edu/students)
during the Fall trimester for the upcoming Spring, in the Spring trimester for Summer classes and during the Summer for Fall classes. Semester class schedules, course descriptions, and other registration information are available on the Registrar’s web page under Registration and Records.
First-year students are automatically enrolled in their first-year classes.
XII. STUDENT LOAN DEFERMENTS
The Law School certifies student enrollment through the National Student Clearinghouse.
Official Transcripts can be ordered online via the Web 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse at Transcript Ordering. All major credit cards are accepted for online orders only.
Official Transcripts can also be ordered by mailing a signed Transcript Request Form, or by stopping bt the Registrar's Office. The Business Office takes checks or cash only.
XIV. STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA
The State Bar of California, Office of Admissions, requires applicants to complete the following applications: (note: there are three separate and distinct applications)
Registration with the State Bar of California - Committee of Bar Examiners
Prior to submitting the Moral Character Application or the application to take the Bar exam, you must first be registered with the State Bar. Registration during your first year of law school is recommended. The application for Registration is available on the State Bar website at www.calbarxap.com.
- Application for Determination of Moral Character
An application for Determination of Moral Character must be filed and a determination completed prior to admittance to the California State Bar. An application can be filed at any time after registering as a law student. The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California recommends that this application be filed at the beginning of the final year of law study. Application materials are available on the State Bar website at www.calbarxap.com.
Students should be aware that the Bar Examiners in most states request the Dean to certify the good moral character and fitness of each Law School graduate who seeks admission to the Bar.
For example, the State Bar of California’s “Law School Declaration” form asks the school whether the law school’s records reflect that the graduate has been:
- denied admission to practice law in another state;
- arrested or otherwise charged formally or informally with a violation of the law;
- accused of a violation of trust;
- knowingly delinquent regarding any financial obligations;
- disciplined by any educational institution;
- disciplined by any licensing authority;
- diagnosed or treated for a medically recognized illness, disease or disorder that would currently interfere with the ability to practice law;
- diagnosed or treated for a chemical dependency that would currently interfere with the ability to practice law;
- amended applications.
The last question on the Law School Declaration form is “Do you have any reason to question the applicant’s fitness for admission to practice law?”
In completing this form for the State Bar, the law school will review each student’s file and provide answers to the above questions based on the student’s law school record and information submitted by the student on their law school application.
California Bar Exam (administered twice a year: February and July)
Applications for the California Bar Exam are available online at the State Bar of California website: www.calbarxap.com. Applications for the February exam are generally available in September and applications for the July exam are available in March.
If you have any questions concerning any of the applications, please stop by the Registrar’s Office or visit the State Bar website at www.calbarxap.com. You can also call the State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners, at (213) 765-1500.