Deadlines & Determination


Students must apply for a MLOA by the end of the 8th week of classes (earlier for Summer Session(s). Please note: Law School applications for medical leave of absence must be submitted to the Dean of Students office no later than the end of the 10th week of classes for Fall and Spring Semester and no later than the end of the 5th week of classes for Summer Semester. See charts for specific dates.

The process must be completed 1 business day before: the final day of the term; any of your final coursework, projects, exams are due - whichever happens first. A MLOA cannot be processed if a student has taken a final exam or final coursework for any of their classes in the given quarter. A MLOA typically lasts two quarters.

The deadline for reinstatement is typically six weeks before the quarter in which you wish to return to Northwestern. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Central Standard time on the MLOA deadline dates listed below. 

Academic Year 2017-2018 Deadlines

Quarter of Leave MLOA Deadlines
Winter 2018 March 2, 2018
Spring 2018 May 25, 2018
Summer 2018 August 17, 2018 (for 10 week classes; deadlines are earlier for shorter sessions)
Fall 2018 November 21, 2018 (Please note that due to closure of the university for the Thanksgiving Holiday, this deadline falls on a Wednesday)

Law School - Academic Year 2017-2018 Deadlines

Semester of Leave MLOA Deadlines
Spring 2018 March 16, 2018
Summer 2018 July 20, 2018
Fall 2018 November 2, 2018


Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) will notify the student in writing of the determination. The approval for MLOA will include some treatment expectations during the leave of absence which will be individually tailored to meet each student’s situation.  SASS may notify parents and appropriate university departments of the student’s change in status.