Policies and Regulations
Summer Abroad programs are open to students who have completed one year of full or part-time law study and are in good standing.
Class Attendance and Exams
In order to receive academic credit, students must attend class consistently and complete the final exam for the course. The American Bar Association has strict rules governing class attendance and exam completion in summer study programs. Because of the small number of class meetings, students seeking academic credit for a course may not miss more than one class meeting. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Each course has an on-site exam after the last meeting for the course. Students seeking academic credit should arrange their travel schedules to ensure they are present for the duration of the courses in which they are enrolled and to take the on-site exams at the designated times. Students admitted to the program will be required to sign a statement acknowledging they have received notice of these attendance and exam requirements.
Academic credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed. To be eligible to receive course credit, students are required to attend all class sessions and satisfactorily complete the final examination. Course grades will be based on a final examination (at the option of the professor), and class participation. Loyola Law School uses a letter-grading system with a prescribed curve.
Loyola Law School students have a choice between: (a) the traditional grading system of the Law School and (b) opting to have grades recorded on a pass/fail basis. Under no circumstance may a student withdraw his/her grading election once classes have begun. Units undertaken on a pass/fail basis through the Costa Rica Summer Program will be applied toward the maximum twenty (20) allowed. For further information on grading and academic standards, please consult the Student Handbook.
Non-Loyola Law School students should consult their respective institutions regarding rules on receiving course credit and grades for classes taken in the program. Acceptance of any course credit or grade is subject to the determination of the student’s home school.
Loyola and co-sponsored law schools reserve the right to make changes to the program. Should significant changes to the program occur, students will be advised and given the option to withdraw with a full refund.
Cancellation and Termination
Loyola and co-sponsoring law schools reserve the right to cancel or terminate the program for any reason. The decision to cancel or terminate the program is made in situations which are deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and/or to ensure the integrity of the program. Loyola or co-sponsored law schools are not responsible for financial losses caused by travel arrangements due to the cancellation or termination of any summer abroad programs.
In the event that the program is canceled or terminated, the following refund policy will apply:
- If the program is canceled prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and issued a full refund.
- If the program is terminated during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to the withdrawal.
Travel Warnings and Alerts
- In the unlikely event that the U.S. State Department issues a Travel Warning or Alert covering the destination and dates of any program, the following refund policy will apply:
- If the warning or alert is issued prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to withdraw from the program with a full refund.
- If the warning or alert is issued during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to the withdrawal.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Students who are not admitted or withdraw from the program by the program deadline will receive a full refund of the tuition deposit; applicants who withdraw after the deadline will receive a partial refund. Withdrawal deadlines vary depending on program dates. Please refer to program details for withdrawal information.