3L year can be hectic. Career decisions, bar applications, and graduation requirements are a few of the responsibilities that 3Ls have to manage on top of their courses and extracurricular involvements. This page is designed to help you locate the essential resources you need to make it to graduation in one piece.
The 3L Checklist
Having trouble keeping track of all the “3L” things you need to do this spring? Here is a handy list of the things you should be sure to complete before graduation in May.
1. Apply for Graduation
Every 3L has to apply to graduate on SIS. Once you log into SIS, click on “My Academics” (this is where you can also find your unofficial transcript). At the bottom of the list, you will see “Apply for Graduation.” Application opens in November and closes in the early spring semester.
2. Sign up and take the MPRE
For those of you who have not yet taken the MPRE, the next date is March 19, 2016. Registration for the March MPRE will end on January 28, 2016. The Late Registration deadline is February 4, 2016. You can find out more information and register for the MPRE here.
Some states require that you take the MPRE before sitting for the bar exam; some require that you take the MPRE within a couple of years of taking the bar; and still others do not require the MPRE at all. So please check with the bar association for the particular state for which you wish to sit for the bar.
Sign up. Visit the MPRE site here.
Check required passing score for state where you plan to practice
Many bar companies offer an MPRE course for free
3. Sign up for the Bar Examination
Soon many of us will apply for membership to a state bar association. The application process can be complicated and can take a while to complete. As such, you should each check the bar site for your particular state so that you can be informed of the process. Click here to access UVA Law’s Bar Guide.
Help with the Application. If you have questions about your bar application, the Student Records Office may be able to help you. The Student Records Office is open Monday through Friday 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:45pm. If you have financial questions regarding the character and fitness portion of the bar application, you may contact the Financial Aid office at email@example.com or in SL 126A.
4. Pay all outstanding bills/fines to the University
Log into SIS to check on outstanding balances.
5. Fulfill all degree requirements
1. Check requirements in online Academic Policies:
Step 1- Log in to LawWeb
Step 2- under “Curricular Information” click on “Academic Policies,” then section I.E.
2. Check your degree status on SIS:
Step 1- click on “My Academics”
Step 2- click on “View my Advisement Report”
6. If you’ve received Financial Aid
Pick up your report of student loans (The Financial Aid Office will distribute these around March)
Attend group student loan exit counseling in April (mandatory)
Schedule one-on-one student loan exit counseling with Financial Aid Office (optional)
7. Order your Cap and Gown for the graduation ceremony
Look out for an email about this in February
8. Pick up graduation tickets from mailbox during the week of graduation
Participating in Class of 2015 Graduation Gift Pledge Drive
Information Coming Soon!
Graduation Weekend Information