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Frequently Asked Questions

Attendance

Audit

Bar Exam

Clinics

Commencement Honors

Course Registration

Exams

Grades

Graduation Requirements

Immunizations

Loan Deferment

Rank

Student Contact Information

Student Identification Card

Summer Programs

Transcript

Transferring Divisions

Withdrawal

Attendance

Q: How many classes am I allowed to miss of a particular class?

A; You are allowed to miss 20% of a course. If a class meets once a week, you may miss 2 classes. If a class meets twice a week, you may miss 5 classes. If a class meets three times a week, you may miss 8 classes.

Q: How do I find out how many classes I’ve missed in a particular class?

A: Students should contact the professor directly.

Q: If I add a course after the class has already started, do the missed classes count towards my absences?

A: Yes, Students who add a course late and who have missed any classes should be aware that the missed classes will count towards the 20% absences, as outlines in the attendance policy. (See the Student Handbook, Rule E.1.)

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Audit

Q: What does it mean to Audit a Class?

A:  Audited classes are not taken for credit and will not be counted toward fulfillment of either the residency or graduation requirements. Audited courses may not be used to fulfill the prerequisite for another course. No exams are taken if a course is audited.

Q: What courses can I audit?

A: In general any elective course may be audited with the Professor’s permission.  Courses not available for auditing are clinical courses and simulation courses.  Seminars are typically not approved for auditing as well.

Q: Do I have to register the normal way for a course that I plan to audit?
A: Yes, in order to audit a course, you must be registered first. If you are waitlisted or the course is full, you may not audit the course.

Q: How do I audit a course?

A: To audit a course, you must first be registered for the course. Then fill out the blue audit form located online under Registrar Forms, in the Registrar’s Office. Take the form to the professor, get the first signature, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will send the form back to the professor at the end of the semester to get the final signature.

Q: Do I have to turn in my audit form during registration week?

A: No. You may submit an audit form at anytime during the semester as long as it is before the final exam (with both signatures if it is after classes ended).

Q: Is auditing a course at the discretion of the professor?

A: Yes, some professors may not allow students to audit their course so it is important to find out your professors audit policy before you decide to audit.

Q: How will auditing a course affect my transcript?

A: The course will be listed on your transcript with an “AU” instead of a grade. The credits will not be reflected as earned.

Q: If the course I am auditing pushes me over credits, do I still have to seek approval from the director of student services?

A: Yes, but your reason for going above credits on the Student Request Form would be that you are auditing a course.

Q: Do I have to register for a course I plan to audit?

A: Yes, you must be registered for a course you plan to audit.

Q: Do I receive credits for a course that I audit?

A: No, the credits for an audited course will not be included in your total credits towards graduation.

Q: Does the attendance policy apply to me if I audit a course?

A: Yes, the same attendance policy applies.

Q: Can I audit a course one semester and take it for credit in a later semester?

A: No, once you audit a course you cannot take it for credit at a later date. 

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Bar Exam

Q: Do I need to notify you which Bar I’m taking?

A: Yes, the Registrar’s Office sends a Bar Questionnaire form out in September asking what Bar(s) you plan to take and what materials you will need from the Registrar’s Office.

Q: Where do I have my Bar school certification filled out?

A: The Registrar’s Office.

Q: If the Bar I’m taking requires a writing sample, can I do it at the Registrar’s Office?

A: Yes, if you do your writing sample in front of the Registrar’s Office, they will mail it directly to the Bar. If you do the writing sample on your own, you will have to get it notarized and mail it in yourself.

Q: If I am taking the Massachusetts Bar and I’m a graduating senior, do I need to bring in the Form 4 certificate for the Registrar’s Office to fill out?

A: No, if you are taking the Mass Bar, you will notify us that you are taking it on the Questionnaire that is sent to you in September. The Registrar’s Office will then send the certification form electronically to the Mass Bar so you do not need to submit the form. This is how the Mass Bar has instructed the Registrar’s Office to send it. The Registrar’s office is also aware of their deadline.

Q: Does the Registrar’s Office automatically send the State Bar I’m taking everything they need from the school?

A: No. We only send the Mass Bar automatically. If you are taking a different bar exam, it is the student’s responsibility to let the Registrar’s office know what they will need from the Registrar’s Office. Every Bar requires different materials.  

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Clinics

Q: When am I eligible to take a clinic?

A: Day students that have completed their first year of legal studies, Evening students that have completed their first two (2) years of legal studies, Day Part-Time student that have completed their first two (2) years of legal studies, and Special Part-Time students in their second to last year of school are eligible to participate in a clinic.

Q: How do I register for law school clinics?

A: Law school registration for clinics cannot be done online. There is a separate Clinic registration form that must be filled out during clinic registration. The form is available on NECIN and on the Registrar’s page under PDF Forms. This form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office containing the student’s signature. Clinic information can also be found under Registration Information the Registrar’s page.

Q: If I am enrolled in a clinic but waitlisted for the co-requisite can I still take the clinic?

A: If you are signed up for a clinic but waitlisted in the pre/co-requisite you have until the end of the Add/Drop period to enroll in the pre/co-requisite, otherwise you will are ineligible to enroll in the clinic. 

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Commencement Honors

Q: How are Latin Honors chosen?

A: For every graduating class, the Full-Time Faculty votes on the GPA cut off for Latin Honors.

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Course Registration

Q: How do I know what classes meet a Professional Skills or Seminar requirement?

A: Every semester the Registrar’s Office publishes a list of classes which meet a requirement.  This list can be found on the Registrar’s page of the New England Law website.

Q: What courses are considered out of division?

A: Courses that meet in both the Evening and Day divisions are considered to be “out of division” to the opposite division. For these courses, scheduling priority is first offered to all students within that division. Students outside the division will be blocked from enrolling until all students within the division have had a chance to enroll. Students can refer to the Online Priority Registration Schedule to find out when out of division registration is scheduled. 

Q: What does it mean if a course is coded with a ‘T’ (ie. AD-302-T-01)?

A: Courses coded with a ‘T’ are Twilight courses and are open to all divisions and never considered to be out of division to any student. These courses usually begin from 3:30 pm until 5:59 pm.

Q: What do I do if I want to register for more than the maximum amount of credits allowed for my division?

A: To request to take more than the maximum allowed credits for your division, you must fill out the Student Request Form online or in our office. This is submitted to the Director of Student Services for approval. You will not be able to register for the additional credits until approved. Furthermore, NECIN will not allow any student to over enroll, even if they have been previously approved. Any additional credits would be added by the Registrar’s Office through an email request after approval is attained.

Q: What do I do if I want to register for below the minimum amount of credits allowed?

A: To request to take less than the minimum required credits for your division, you must fill out the Student Request Form online or in our office. This is submitted to the Director of Student Services for approval.

Q: Why do my courses say “pre-registered” on NECIN?

A: When registering online, all courses automatically go to ‘pre-registered’ status as all course schedules are subject to a final review by the Registrar’s Office.  ‘Pre-registered’ status can be treated as ‘Current’ status, unless the student is contacted by the Registrar’s Office.

Q: What happens if I am on a wait list?

A: If you are wait listed for a course, you may then add an alternative course while you wait to see if you are contacted via email to get into the course you were wait listed for. If a spot in the class you are waitlisted for opens and you are first on the waitlist you will be contacted through email by the Registrar’s Office. 

Q: How many waitlists am I allowed to be on?

A: There are no limits to the number of waitlists a student can be on at one time. 

Q: If I am on a wait list, are those credits counted towards my total enrolled?

A: No, if you are wait listed for a course, you are not enrolled in that course, which means you are not carrying those credits. You should add another course as a back up. 

Q: If I am wait listed, can I register for another course just in case I never get into the class?

A: Yes, in fact it is recommended so that you are not in danger of being below credits. If you are notified that there is a spot available for you in the wait listed course, you may then drop the alternative course and add the wait listed course. 

Q: If I am waitlisted, will permission from the Professor allow me to get into the class?

A: No. The Registrar’s Office maintains and manages the waitlists for all courses and students are not allowed to jump the waitlist or over-enroll a course. 

Q: What if I get wait listed for one section of a course and as a second choice, would like to register for another section but stay on my first choice waitlist?

A: Once a student has been wait listed for a course, NECIN will not allow him/her to register for a different section of the same course. In other words, (using the course, Evidence, as an example) a student who is on a wait list for EV-200-D-01 cannot then enroll in the other Evidence section, EV-200-D-02. Similarly, if the student has first registered for EV-200-D-01 and then wishes to be wait listed for EV-200-D-02, s/he will not be able to do so because NECIN views this as a duplicate course selection. Students will need to send an email immediately to the Registrar’s office to request to either: (1.) be enrolled in the course, or (2.) placed on the wait list for which they received the error message. The Registrar’s Office will process requests in order of receipt and send an email status/ confirmation to students. 

Q: Can I register for a course that has a time conflict with a course I am waitlisted for?

A: NECIN will not allow a student to register for a course if the course has a time conflict with a course for which a student is already wait listed. Students will need to send an email immediately to the Registrar’s office to request to either: (1.) be enrolled in the course, or (2.) placed on the wait list for which they received the error message. The Registrar’s Office will process requests in order of receipt and send an email status/ confirmation to students. 

Q: Are the waitlists posted in the order in which students may get into the course?

A: Yes, if a spot becomes available in a wait listed course, the Registrar’s Office will email the first student on the wait list. If this student is no longer interested in the course, the Registrar’s Office will contact the next person on the list and so on. 

Q: Can I register for a course that has a pre-requisite I haven’t met yet?

A: All students must meet course pre-requisites and co-requisites unless they are waived.  To get a waiver, a student must obtain written approval from the instructor teaching the course and submit it to the Registrar.  The Registrar’s Office will have to manually add you to the course since NECIN will not allow you to do so. 

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Exams

Q: What situations constitute rescheduling an exam?

A: Two (2) courses with examinations on the same day;
A: A minimum of three (3) courses with exams in a two (2) day period. Note: This situation will not be eligible for rescheduling if it occurs because the student took a course out-of-division.

Q: How do I reschedule an exam?

A: To request an examination rescheduling, please use the Exam Rescheduling Form and submit the form to the Exam Coordinator, Darnell M. Graham.

By Mail: New England Law | Boston, 154 Stuart Street, Registrar’s Office, Attn: Darnell M. Graham, Exam Coordinator, Boston, MA 02116

By Registrar’s Drop-off Box: Place the completed Exam Rescheduling Form in the Registrar’s drop-box located on the third (3rd) floor of the Stuart Street building across from the Student Lounge.

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Grades

Q: Can I access my grades online?

A: Yes, you must login to the NECIN site, using your New England Law ID number and password. Problems? Contact the TMS staff at (617) 422-7404 or NECINhelp@nesl.edu.

Q: Are the grades reflected on the NECIN site official?

A: Yes. Once the Registrar's Office posts the grades to NECIN, they are final.

Q: What happens if I receive an Incomplete grade?

A: If you receive an Incomplete grade and don’t know why, you should contact the Registrar’s Office immediately because there may be a problem with your exam.

Q: What is the policy concerning an Incomplete grade that has been arranged with the Professor?

A: An incomplete grade must be replaced by a grade within 90 days. Please see the Student Handbook for more detailed information.

Q: What if I believe there is a mistake concerning a grade I received?

A: If you believe there may be a mistake in calculating your final grade, you may contact the Faculty Receptionist or the Professor to arrange to review your exam.

Q: When are final grades posted?

A:  For fall grades, Professors are given five weeks from the date of the final exam/paper due date to submit the grades to the Registrar’s Office.  For spring grades, professors are given four weeks to submit their grades to the Registrar’s Office.

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Graduation Requirements

Q: What are the Graduation Requirements?

A: Every student is required to complete 86 credits to receive the J.D. degree.  In addition, every student is required to take the eleven required courses, two (2) Professional Skills courses and one (1) Seminar course. 

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Immunizations

Q: Who has to submit immunization information?

A: All Full-time Day students and international students must submit proof of immunizations

Q: What immunizations do I need to submit?

A: New England Law requires students to submit proof of submit proof of MMR (2 doses) Td (within the last ten years), and Hep B (3 doses).

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Loan Deferment

Q: How do I have my loans deferred?

A: The Registrar’s Office does not know which students have what loans, so the student is responsible for requesting deferment. Your loan company may have a form they need to have filled out by the Registrar’s Office, which you would need to submit to the Registrar’s Office, or they may just require a letter of enrollment.

Q: How do I request a letter of enrollment?

A: We have a letter request form online, under Registrar Forms, or here in the Registrar’s Office.

Q: I have a form from my lender, where do I bring it to be filled out?

A: The Registrar’s Office can fill out loan deferment forms and mail them to the lender. Please make to submit an address of your lender when you submit your form.

Q: Can I defer my loans for the summer?

A: No, New England Law can only defer loans for the fall and spring semesters. 

Q: Can I defer my loans for more than 1 year at a time?

A: No, the Registrar’s Office will only defer your loans for the current academic year.

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Rank

Q: How do I find out my rank?

A: Your rank is located on the NECIN site, on your unofficial transcript (for employers).

Q: Is rank recalculated after summer courses?

A: No, rank is only calculated after the fall and spring semesters.

Q: Is rank recalculated after students withdraw/transfer/dismissed?

A: No.

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Student Contact Information

Q: How do I update my contact information?

A: There is an online Address Change form located on the Registrar’s Forms webpage  and hard copies are available in the Registrar’s Office and the 3rd Floor of the Stuart Street Building.  Please note that updating your address on NECIN does not update your address in the school’s system.

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Student Identification Card

Q: How do I get a replacement student ID card?

A: Students must first go to the Student Accounts office, located at 46 Church Street, 2nd floor and pay a $10 fee to replace their New England Law student ID card. The Student Accounts Office will give you a payment receipt that you will need to bring to the Security Desk on the 1st Floor of 154 Stuart Street to obtain the replacement student ID card.

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Summer Programs

Q: Does New England Law offer summer classes?

A: Yes, summer class information is released mid-March with the Fall registration information.

Q: Can I take summer classes outside of New England Law?

A: Yes.  First year students need to be approved by the director of student services for any summer program, and non-first year students need to be approved by the director of student services for any non-CILE school summer program.

Q: How do I get approved for summer programs?

A: Please fill out the Student Request Form and submit it to the director of student services.

Q: How many credits can I take in the summer?

A: Students can earn a total of six credits during the summer.

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Transcript

Q: How do I request a transcript?

A: There is a transcript request form online under “Registrar Forms” on the Registrar’s page. Fill it out completely and click “submit”. This form is submitted directly to the Registrar’s office for processing.

Q: How long after I make a request does it take to get a transcript?

A: It depends how busy the Registrar’s Office is. Please allow 1-3 business days.

Q: Is there a transcript fee?

A: No

Q: Can I have my transcript emailed to me?

A: Yes, please indicate this request in the “Special Instructions” portion of the Transcript Request Form online. The Registrar’s Office will scan your transcript and email it as a pdf file.

Q: Can I have my transcript faxed?

A: No, we do not fax transcripts.

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Transferring Divisions

Q: How do I transfer from one division to another?

A: A student may request a transfer to another division provided such student submits a Division Transfer Request Form to assistant registrar, Lexi Oberacker, by March 15 prior to the academic year for which transfer is sought.  Such transfers are at the discretion of the dean and are subject to space availability. 

Q: Is there a deadline to do transfer divisions?

A: March 15 prior to the academic year for which transfer is sought.

Q: What are the requirements to transfer divisions?

A: Students must submit a Division Transfer Request Form prior to March 15 prior to the academic year for which transfer is sought, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and for first year evening to day transfers, you must take Constitutional Law, Property and Legal Research and Writing II in the evening division.

Q: Is there a fee to transfer divisions?

A: Yes. There is a division transfer fee of $100.00.

Q: If I plan to accelerate my graduation by transferring divisions, is there an additional charge?

A: If the student plans to accelerate his or her graduation by transferring divisions, a tuition equalization charge will apply. The tuition equalization charge will be equal to the difference between the amount of regular academic year tuition and fees that the student is expected to pay by the accelerated date of graduation and the amount of regular academic year tuition and fees that the student would have been expected to pay if he or she had graduated when originally contemplated. 

Q: If I switch from the Evening division to the Day division, do I need to comply with the Massachusetts state immunization requirement?

A: Yes, you must submit proof of MMR (2 doses) Td (within the last ten years), and Hep B (3 doses).

Q: If I applied to transfer divisions, what courses do I register for since I don’t know if my request will be approved yet?

A: Potential Division Transfer students will register for classes via paper/email instead of through NECIN. They register for classes in the division you expect to transfer to. Note that first year evening to day transfers must take Constitutional Law, Property and Legal Research and Writing II in the evening division. The Assistant Registrar, Lexi Oberacker will give you guidance on this.

Q: Can I transfer from one division to another mid-year?

A: Mid-year division transfer is typically not allowed. These requests should be made to the Director of Student Services on the Student Request Form online.

Q: If I have a merit scholarship and I transfer divisions, could my scholarship be affected?

A: Yes, if you have a merit scholarship and you are looking to transfer divisions, please contact Financial Aid for more information.

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Withdrawal

Q: How do I withdraw from New England Law?

A: Any student in good academic and administrative standing may, upon written notice sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Dean's Office, voluntarily withdraw from the Law School, provided that such student consults with the director of student services prior to such withdrawal. Please read Rule A.5 of the Student Handbook.

Q: How do I withdraw from a class after the add/drop period?

A: A student wishing to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period must submit a Student Request Form to the director of student services, for approval. This form is found online or at the Registrar’s Office. Courses dropped after the add/drop date will appear on the transcript with a “WD”.

Q: What does a ‘W’ on my transcript mean?

A: Receiving a ‘W’ on your transcript simply means that you withdrew from the course after the add/drop date. It does not indicate the reason you withdrew. A ‘W’ has no effect on GPA.

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