The course of study for the J.D. degree may be completed no earlier than five fall or winter semesters and no later than 60 months after a student has commenced law study at an ABA approved law school. A student may petition the Dean’s designee for an exception to the 60-month maximum time limit, but the decision to grant or deny such petition, or to impose conditions, shall be final. In no event may the Dean’s designee approve the completion of a law degree later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study. A University rule requires that during the final semester or term before graduation a graduate student must either register or pay an equivalent registration fee to the Office of Graduate Studies for at least 2 semester hours of credit.