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Justification for Excused Absences

Justification for Excused Absences

Other than the circumstances indicated elsewhere in this section, a request for an excused absence from a scheduled examination will be granted only if the circumstances indicate that a student’s ability to function effectively in taking the examination as scheduled will be substantially and severely affected due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. These include bona fide medical excuses or a death in the immediate family.

Conflicting social events, familial or business obligations, bar review courses, oversleeping and forgetting an examination date are not sufficient justifications. Tiredness, nervousness or anxiety is not a sufficient justification, except in unusual and extreme circumstances supported by a letter from a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist as indicated below.

All medical excuses must be accompanied by a signed letter from a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist on professional letterhead. The letter must contain a detailed explanation of the medical condition of the student and a statement explaining that, in the physician’s, psychiatrist’s, or psychologist’s opinion, the medical circumstances indicate that the student’s condition cannot be adequately treated in time for the examination and the student’s ability to function effectively in taking the examination as scheduled will be substantially and severely affected.

A request by a student for an excuse from an examination that he or she has already begun will be granted only in extreme circumstances. In the unusual event that an excuse is granted under such circumstances, the rescheduled examination in that course will, if possible, be different from the scheduled examination.