Office of Student Affairs

General FAQs

These are some of the day-to-day questions that students may need to know in no particular order.

  1. How do I get my student loans deferred?
  2. How do I check my attendance?
  3. How do I get a locker?
  4. How do you calculate the GPA?
  5. Can you email me a copy of my transcript?
  6. If I took summer school and now have a cumulative GPA above 2.70, do I still have to take the required bar courses?
  7. Which classes can I take to satisfy my Graduation Research Writing Requirement?

1. How do I get my student loans deferred?

Willamette University reports Student Status each semester on a monthly basis to the National Student Clearinghouse.  Most lenders will request verification from the the Clearinghouse and will receive this information automatically.  However, if you have a private loan, your lender will likely require you to print a deferment form and have it completed by your institution.  If that is the case, bring your deferment form to the OSA to process on your behalf.

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2. How do I check my attendance?

Log into JASON to view your attendance records.  These records are updated as we receive the attendance sheets from the faculty on a weekly basis.  If you do not see any absences reported, and you know you were absent for the class, the professor may not have turned in the attendance sheet.  Please check with them.  Conversely, if you were present for class and were inadvertently marked absent, email your professor to ask them to contact the OSA to correct the absence.  The attendance policy in the WUCL Student Handbook requires attendance of 75% of regularly scheduled classes. 

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3. How do I get a locker?

All first year law students (1Ls) are assigned a locker.  2Ls and 3Ls may request a locker during the first week of class from the OSA.  Lockers are first come, first serve.  Lockers are assigned for the academic year, and must be cleaned out every summer.  Students taking summer law classes at WUCL may keep their lockers until mid-July.

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4. How do you calculate the GPA?

Any letter-graded class that you take will count towards your GPA.  Make note of the "For GPA" and "Grd Pts" columns on your transcript.  The "For GPA" column is total number of letter-graded credits that you have taken and completed.  The "Grd Pts" column is the total of quality points you earned for each of your letter-graded credits.  Each letter grade carries quality points assigned (see Section 3 of the Handbook). 

Grade Quality Pts Grade Quality Pts
A+ 4.3 C+ 2.3
A 4.0 C 2.0
A- 3.6 C- 1.6
B+ 3.3 D+ 1.3
B 3.0 D 1.0
B- 2.6 D- 0.6
F 0.0

The calculation is straightforward:  "Grd Pts" divided by "For GPA" = GPA. 

EXAMPLE:

Civil Procedure (4 cr), Grade earned:  B+  |  Grade Points: 4cr x 3.3 = 13.20
Contracts I (3 cr), Grade earned:  C-  |  Grade Points: 3cr x 1.6 = 4.80
Criminal Law (3cr), Grade earned: C+  |  Grade Points:  3cr x 2.3 = 6.90
Torts (4cr), Grade earned: A  | Grade Points:  4cr x 4.0 = 16
Legal Research & Writing (2cr), Grade earned:  CR  |  Grade Points:  0.00 because it's not letter graded
Total Grade Points for the semester:  40.90
Total letter-graded credits completed: 14 credits
40.90 Grade Points divided by 14 letter-graded credits completed = 2.92 GPA

On each transcript you will see the GPA for each semester and the cumulative GPA.

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5. Can you email me a copy of my transcript?

No, we cannot email you a copy of your transcript.  We recommend for you to scan a copy of your most recent transcript to have accessible for job applications.  Effective Spring 2013, electronic official transcripts ARE available from the University Registrar's Office, though it is still the University Policy to not email any transcripts. 

If you are a current student, you may stop by the OSA for a paper copy of your unofficial transcript that you can scan and email to yourself.  If you are a graduate, and the next semester is already in session, you must contact the University Registrar's Office for an official transcript. The OSA may no longer provide graduates unofficial transcripts once the next semester has began.

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6. If I took summer school and now have a cumulative GPA above 2.70, do I still have to take the required bar courses?

Yes, you do.  The 2.70 rule is based on the cumulative GPA after the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).  Along the same lines, if after your Fall semester, you cumulative GPA rises above the 2.70 GPA, you must still continue to take the required retakes or remainder of bar courses in the Spring semester.

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7. Which classes can I take to satisfy my Graduation Research Writing Requirement?

Technically any class taught by a full-time WUCL faculty member can be used to satisfy your Graduation Research Writing Requirement.  If the course has a scheduled exam, you can write a paper in addition to the exam.  If you're looking for which courses are paper courses, you should refer to the Final Exam schedule for the semester to see which courses do not have a scheduled exam.  Professors may decide to switch the format of a course from year to year.  To be sure, you can always double check with the professor to see if the course will be a paper course.  You must check with the faculty member anyway to see if he/she is able to supervise your paper, because the faculty are limited to supervising only 15 students per academic year for their Research Writing Requirements.  Refer to Section 4 of the Law Student Handbook for other specifications about the Graduation Research Writing Requirement.

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