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SUMMER SESSION 2019
May 20, 2019 to July 5, 2019

Externship/Summer Semester in Practice

Students may do an externship with or without (see the rules below) the online Summer Semester in Practice Course.  Please contact Associate Dean Howard if you are interested in doing an externship during the summer.

724-OL. Summer Semester in Practice. Cr. 1. Associate Dean Derrick Howard
All students who are enrolled in a Summer Semester Externship for more than 3 credits must also take this distance learning companion course for 1 credit. The Registrar will enroll approved externs in the companion course simultaneously with registering the student for the site placement.

Independent Research & Writing Project

Occasionally, students develop an interest in an area of the law for which there is no separate course in the curriculum. For this reason, the Law School has a program of independent study listed as Law 490 Independent Reading and Research. Students may register for this course for 1-3 credit hours after developing a specific project proposal. There is a 4-credit maximum of independent study allowed during a law student’s career, with a maximum of 3 credit hours in any one semester, excluding the summer session. For special circumstances, and with the Associate Dean’s approval, students can register for 4 credit hours of independent study during a summer session.

Students interested in an independent study must write a brief description of the project proposal on a form available online on the Registrar’s web page and have it approved by signatures of the supervising faculty member and the Associate Dean. The student’s proposal should include the number of credit hours to be earned and the manner in which the paper will be graded, either by letter grade or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U). A student on academic probation must elect the latter option. Registration for Law 490 is not official until the approved form is on file in the Registrar’s office. Registration for this course may not be used to satisfy the 3L writing requirement.

Law 490 Independent Reading & Research. 1-3 Cr. (does not fulfill 3L writing requirement)

Individual-directed study supervised by a member of the faculty. Students are limited to a total of 4 credit hours during their law school career with a maximum of 3 credit hours in any one semester, excluding the summer session. Design of the specific program is the responsibility of the student, who is to submit a written outline of the project to a faculty member for approval. Faculty approval will be subject to the particular member’s interest and availability. A substantial paper will be determined jointly by the student and supervising faculty member at the time the project is initially approved by the supervising faculty member. Projects which have been approved by a faculty member must then be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for final approval prior to registration. This course may not be substituted in lieu of the third-year legal writing requirement. Independent Reading and Research shall be graded S/U or letter at the discretion of the instructor. However, a student who is on academic probation is not permitted to take this course for a letter grade. In the case of a third-year student, if the course is graded S/U, the student will be precluded from exercising the S/U option during the same semester. See the Independent Reading & Research Policy following this course description section.

Law 312-Independent Reading & Research Study. 2 cr. (fulfills 3L writing requirement)

The 3L Independent Study is an immersive writing experience to fulfill the 3L writing requirement for graduation. It is letter graded only. A pass/fail (S/U) grade is not an option. A project is chosen by the student and proposed to and approved by a supervising faculty member. Projects which have been approved by a faculty member must then be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for final approval prior to registration. Both the writing and research are to be done independently. The project does not need to be a traditional scholarly paper, but it should be an in-depth writing experience that reflects both extensive research and original analysis. There will be an initial draft and a final version. The initial draft will be submitted to the supervising faculty member and will be subject to heavy commenting to aid the student in improving research and writing skills, the goal of the 3L writing requirement. The paper’s length must be 25 to 35 pages, footnoted as appropriate.