Law School Calendar

2020-2021 Academic Calendar 

The Law School operates on a semester calendar, with optional terms during the Winter and Summer break periods.  The Law School reserves the right to make changes in this calendar.  A detailed current calendar can be found at https://www.law.northwestern.edu/academics/acad_calendar/

Fall Semester 2020

Date Event
July 2020
31 Fall bidding - round 1 (through Aug 4)
August 2020
4 Fall bidding - round 1 (from July 31)
7-11 Fall Bidding - round 2
14 Summer term classes end
14-17 Last chance to cancel Fall bids
17-21 Orientation week
17-21 Summer term exams
19 Open enrollment (Fall) (through Sep 4)
24 Fall semester classes begin
28 Last day to drop a clinic
September 2020
4 Last day to add any law course; last day to drop any law course other than clinic
7 Labor Day Holiday - no classes
18 Summer grades post
October 2020
20-21 Winter Intersession bidding
23-26 Last chance to cancel Winter bids
November 2020
3 Day of Civic Service
6-10 Spring bidding - round 1
13-17 Spring bidding - round 2
24 Fall semester classes end
25 Review sessions
26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes
30 Reading period begins
December 2020
4 Reading period ends
5-17 Fall semester exams

Winter Intersession 2021

Intersession offers 2L, 3L, and LLM students the option to enroll in one class during the Winter break.  1L and Tax students are not eligible for Intersession courses.

Date Event
December 2020
18-Jan 10 Winter Break
21 Winter Intersession courses begin
January 2021
10 Winter Intersession courses end

Spring Semester 2021

Note - Spring Break was cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Date Event
January 2021
6 Fall grades post
6-8 LLM Orientation
8-22 Open enrollment (Spring)
11 Spring semester classes begin
15 Last day to drop clinic
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - no classes
22 Last day to add any law course; last day to drop any law course other than clinic
March 2021
29 Northwestern Monday, no classes
30 Spring semester classes resume (follow Monday schedule)
April 2021
13 Spring classes end
14-23 Review sessions and reading period
24 - May 6 Spring semester exams

Summer Term 2021

Summer Term offers 1L and 2L students the option of enrolling in up to two courses during the break. 

Date Event
May 2021
10 ELLM Chicago orientation
10 ELLM Chicago classes begin
14 Law School Convocation ceremony
17 Summer Session I classes begin
31 Memorial Day, no classes
June 2021
4 Spring grades post
13 University commencement (tentative)
18 Degree conferral
July 2021
5 Independence Day Holiday (observed) - no classes
6 Summer Session I classes end
7-9 Summer Session I exams
12 Summer Session II classes begin
August 2021
13-17 Fall bidding - round 1
20-24 Fall bidding - round 2
27 Summer Session II classes end
27-30 Last chance to cancel Fall bids
30 Summer Session II exams (through Sep 1)
30 Orientation (through Sep 3)
30 Fall open enrollment (through Sep 10)