I was wondering how the law school can give you a diploma on May 11 when the term ends on May 10. The answer is: they don’t.

Apparently everyone at commencement gets to enjoy the rare pleasure of sitting in the sun in a black wool robe for 2+ hours, and then walking to the podium to collect—a blank piece of rolled-up paper.

It seems like if anyone could solve this problem, it’s a law school. Why don’t they just give you your real diploma with a disclaimer? The fine print at the bottom could read:

WARNING: This diploma is offered to you (the “Student”) provisionally in contemplation of Student’s completion of the requirements set forth in the UCLA School of Law Summary of Academic Standards, Art. I, Subparts A-F. UCLA School of Law retains the right to revoke this diploma at any time in the next twelve (12) weeks, or until Student’s last exam is graded, whichever is longer, if it is found that Student has not successfully completed the course of study as specified in the abovementioned Summary of Academic Standards. Student’s taking possession of this diploma signifies Student’s acceptance of the terms and conditions herein. Student acknolwedges that this diploma is not a license to practice law. No warranty, express or implied, is made as to Student’s future likelihood of passing the bar exam, Student’s future salary level, or Student’s chances of making partner. UCLA School of Law hereby explicitly disclaims liability for any claims arising out of this diploma. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Student further agrees to take affirmative steps to prevent any doors, screened or otherwise, from hitting Student in the hindquarters on the way out.

11 Apr 07


usc students get theirs on the day of commencement. go figure.

Posted by: at April 11, 2007 03:24 PM

what are your plans for next year?

Posted by: at April 12, 2007 11:27 AM

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