Full-time students must enroll in at least 14 credit hours, and not more than 16 hours, with the following exception for 3L’s in their final two semesters of study. Students who need 26 or fewer hours to graduate in their final two semesters may take 10 to 13 hours in either or both of their final two semesters, but no fewer than 10 hours per semester.
Students who do not fall within the 3L exception, as stated above, who would like an exception made to the full-time student credit requirement, must follow the under/overload procedure as stated below.
During the regular summer session, students may take no more than 7 credits and during the summer interim sessions students may take only one course at a time.
CAREER OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM STUDENTSC.O.P. students should arrange their schedules with Assistant Dean Lain.
WORK SCHEDULEAs you plan your work and school schedules, please keep in mind that law students are subject to ABA Rule 304 (f) which states, "A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours."
CREDIT UNDER/OVERLOADRregular full-time students must take between 14 and 16 credits per semester, except for the provided exceptions in the handbook.
To request to enroll in fewer than 14 credits, or more than 16 credits, the student should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Erin Lain, by email, with the following information:
- An explanation in detail of why the under/overload should be granted
- How the under/overload figures in to the graduation plan of the student
The Assistant Dean for Academic Services, in her discretion, will determine whether the request should be granted. She will review the reasons given by the requesting student, and will consider the student’s past academic performance. She may also request an in person meeting, before making a final determination.
ADVANCED WRITING REQUIREMENT (AWR) Students seeking to complete the AWR must enroll in BOTH the course and the AWR section accompanying it. Advanced writing designations and CRN’s can be found below each course that qualifies. Note - The advanced writing requirement is not met by the first-year writing program, Law Review or Moot Court.
CLINICAL COURSESClinical courses may not be dropped after student submission under the clinic lottery process.
LAWYERING SKILLS COURSESStudents who register for lawyering skills courses may not drop these courses after the first week of the semester without approval of the course instructor. Furthermore, these courses cannot be added after the start of the semester except with the written permission of the course instructor.
STUDENT HOLDSStudents with a hold on their account will not be allowed to register for classes or obtain a transcript until the hold has been removed.
Students on hold because of academic probation or special academic status need to meet with Assistant Dean Lain and have their schedules approved.
INTERDISCIPLINARY OPTION COURSESGraduate or upper-division courses taken in other departments of the University may qualify for interdisciplinary credit provided that they are material to the student’s legal studies. In order to receive credit, you need to complete a form, which must be signed by your advisor, approved by the Associate Dean, and submitted to the Records Coordinator in the Dean’s Office in advance of enrollment. You should also check with the other college for seat availability. NOTE -You are limited to a total of 6 (six) interdisciplinary credits. You must receive a C or better to receive law school credit, but the grade will not count in your law school GPA. The form is available in Room 128 and on the web.
JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMStudents taking courses in other departments as part of an approved joint-degree program must first consult with the Joint-Degree Advisor (Assistant Dean Lain), for the law school.
MOOT COURT LIMITNo more than 6 hours of Moot Court activities may count towards the 90 credits required for graduation.
SEMINAR RULEMinimum GPA for Seminars - To be eligible to enroll in one seminar, a student must have completed 32 hours of credit and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00. To enroll in more than one seminar, a student must have completed 45 hours for credit and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50. These rules do not apply to Estate Planning (327) Business Planning (Law 270). Students who violate these rules will not be given credit for the course even if they attend the classes. Your GPA and completed hours will be verified if you register for a Seminar.
SUMMER IN FRANCEStudents whose GPA’s are below 2.00 at the conclusion of the fall semester are not eligible to enroll in the Summer in France Program.
OPTION TO CONTINUE BEYOND 90 CREDIT HOURSStudents who have 89 or fewer credits can continue to enroll full-time for one additional semester in order to fulfill the 90-credit graduation requirement. Students who have completed 90 credit hours at the conclusion of the Fall Semester and who have at least the 2.00 GPA required for graduation will be allowed to enroll full-time in one additional semester and earn credits above 90.
*See the Student Handbook for further details