MSL Residential Calendar

2020-2021 Academic Calendar 

The MSL Residental program operates on a semester calendar with a Summer option.  Each semester consists of two 7-week and two 1-week sessions.  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/degree-programs/msl/program/residential/calendar/

Fall 2020

Date Event
August 2020
17-21 Orientation (Fall 2020 Entering Students)
24 Fall 1 Seven-Week Session Begins
28 Add/Drop Deadline for Fall 1 Seven-Week Session
September 2020
7 Labor Day Holiday: No Classes
October 2020
2 Add/Drop Deadline for Fall 1 Power Week Session
9 Fall 1 Seven-Week Session Ends
10-17 Fall 1 Power Week Session
19 Fall 2 Seven-Week Session Begins
23 Add/Drop Deadline for Fall 2 Seven-Week Session
November 2020
26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes
27 Add/Drop Deadline for Fall 2 Power Week Session
December 2020
4 Fall 2 Seven-Week Session Ends
5-13 Fall 2 Power Week Session
14 - Jan 10 Winter Break / Intersession

Spring 2021

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

Date Event
January 2021
4 Registration for Spring Classes Begins
11 Spring 1 Seven-Week Session Begins
15 Add/Drop Deadline for Spring 1 Seven-Week Session
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - no classes
February 2021
19 Add/Drop Deadline for Spring 1 Power Week Session
26 Spring 1 Seven-Week Session Ends
27-Mar 7 Spring 1 Power Week Session
March 2021
8 Spring 2 Seven-Week Session Begins
12 Add/Drop Deadline for Spring 2 Seven-Week Session
29 Northwestern Monday, no classes
April 2021
16 Add/Drop Deadline for Spring 2 Power Week Session
23 Spring 2 Seven-Week Session Ends
24 - May 2 Spring 2 Power Week Session
May 2021
14 Law School Convocation Ceremony

Summer 2021

Date Event
June 2021
21 Summer session begins
25 Add/drop deadline for Summer
July 2021
5 Independence Day Holiday - no classes
August 2021
13 Summer session ends