Full-time students register for 15 semester hours in the fall and 16 semester
hours in the spring of the first year. After the first year, they must take at
least 12 hours each semester. Students will not be permitted to drop below the
required course load or withdraw from a course during the first year without
permission from the associate dean for student affairs. Permission will be
granted only under exceptional circumstances.
The maximum course load is 16 semester hours in the fall and spring, and no
more than seven semester hours in a six-week summer session or twelve hours
over the entire summer. Students may take more than the recommended hours only
by petitioning the associate dean for student affairs.
Students employed more than 20 hours per week are considered part-time and may
not take more than 10 semester hours in the fall and spring, or more than three
semester hours in a summer semester. All part-time first-year students must
register for either eight or nine semester hours as required by the degree
plan; they will not be permitted to withdraw from courses during the first year
without permission from the associate dean for student affairs, which will be
granted only under exceptional circumstances.
After the first year, part-time students may not drop below six semester hours
in the fall and spring without permission from the associate dean for student
affairs. The associate dean will take notice of work-related hardship for
Change of Classification
Students normally remain enrolled in the division in which they were initially
admitted to the Law Center. Changes in classification must be requested in
writing to the associate dean for student affairs prior to registration for the
semester in which the change is to take effect.
During the first year, failure to complete the minimum number of hours during a
semester will result in involuntary withdrawal from the Law Center unless
permission is received from the associate dean for student affairs. Students
will not be permitted to enroll for additional courses, but may reapply for
admission at a future date to be considered on the basis of standards in effect
at that time.
A student who is withdrawn from a class by an instructor and falls below the
minimum load will be withdrawn from all courses and subject to readmission as
stated in the above paragraph.
Graduate Course Credit
After completing 45 semester hours of law school courses with an acceptable
grade point average, a student may petition the associate dean for student
affairs to take up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit. Permission must be
received prior to enrolling in graduate courses, and a grade of "C" or better
is required. However, the grade will not be calculated into the student's
cumulative grade point average.
Other Law School Credit
After completing the first year, a student may request permission from the
associate dean for student affairs to take up to 30 semester hours of credit at
another approved law school. A grade of "C" or above is required and only the
hours, not the grade, will be noted on the student's permanent record.
Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67 after 20
hours of course work, 1.84 after 40 hours of course work, and 2.00 after 60
hours of course work. A 2.0 GPA is required for graduation. Students who do not
meet the required cumulative GPA will not be permitted to register the
following semester or will be withdrawn if already enrolled.
Attendance and Absences
Regular, punctual attendance at all classes is required. Regular attendance has
been interpreted to mean atten-dance at 80 percent of all classes, or more, if
required by the instructor. Failure to do so could result in withdrawal from
Full-time students may not average more than 20 hours of work per week during
the fall and spring semesters. Students who must work to finance their
education should consider enrolling part-time.
Because the practice of law consists of diverse types of activities, the Law
Center maintains a program of electives available for second- and third-year
students. Students are encouraged to select elective courses in a manner that
will provide both depth of exposure in fields of special interest and also
provide general exposure to diverse areas of law. Counseling on individual
degree plans is available from both the associate dean for student affairs and
Students will be governed by the Student Bar Association's Academic Honesty
Policy Honor Code.
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