The curriculum for full-time students covers a period of six semesters of resident study. Full-time students will not be permitted to schedule more than 16 hours of law work in any semester without special permission from the associate dean of academic affairs of the College of Law. ABA Accreditation Standard 304(e) prohibits students from enrolling in more than 20 percent of the credits needed for graduation in one semester. Full-time first-year students must schedule 16 hours in the first semester and 15 hours in the second semester. The normal time frame for completion of the juris doctor degree is three academic years. Students are forewarned that this is a minimum time frame and the program may not be completed by acceleration in two and one half years.
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The part-time evening program offers one curricula track: civil law.
The curriculum for part-time students covers a period of usually four academic years plus one or two summer sessions. By attending three summer sessions and taking full loads each semester, it is possible to accumulate sufficient hours to graduate in three and one half years.
Part-time students may register for more than 12 hours by signing the ABA pledge or with the permission of the Petitions Committee. All first-year part-time students are required to schedule 11 hours in the first semester and 10 in the second semester. Legal Profession must be completed and scheduled during the second year. Anyone who begins in the part-time program must stay with that program in the first year.
Employment: All students should be aware of the ABA Accreditation Standard 304(f) regarding employment limits on students enrolled in more than 12 credit hours which provides, “A student may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours.”
Attendance: In addition, ABA Accreditation Standard 304(d) requires “regular and punctual class attendance.”
Five-Year Rule: Students must complete their requirements in five calendar years. For example, if you begin your program in the fall of 2009, you must complete your program before the start of the fall of 2014.
Enrollment in Other Courses Within the University: Students registered in the College of Law will not be permitted to register for courses in any other college of the university without the special permission from the associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Law. Permission will be granted only to upper class students in special instances. Except for those students enrolled in the joint degree programs, no one will be permitted to take more than three hours of work in another school while enrolled in the College of Law; unless visiting with permission of the associate dean of academic affairs.
Enrollment at Other Law Schools: The associate dean of academic affairs may grant permission to take courses elsewhere when compelling reasons are demonstrated. Rarely will permission be granted to take a required course at another law school.
Summer School: A limited number of courses are offered each summer in an eight-week session.
Writing Requirement: As a requirement of graduation, each student must submit a piece of legal writing in which the student exhibits the ability to perform legal analysis.
Perspective Course: Students are required to take at least one class that gives a philosophical or historical perspective on law.
Law and Poverty: Students may satisfy the Law and Poverty requirement by fulfilling any one of the following options: take the Law and Poverty course (LAW L781); take the Law and Poverty Seminar (LAW L782); take Street Law (LAW L833); Environmental Justice Seminar (LAW L834); represent low income people in the Clinical Seminar (LAW L897); or perform 50 hours or volunteer pro bono legal services to the poor in one academic year in a setting approved in advance by the coordinator of the pro bono program.
Skills Curriculum: Each student is required to earn eight skills credits to be certified for graduation by the skills curriculum office.