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Registration Policies and Procedures for Courses in Other Divisions at the University
With the permission of the Office of Academic Services and subject to supervision of the Vice Dean, JD students may register for up to 12 credits and with the permission of the Office of Graduate Affairs and subject to the permission of the Faculty Director and supervision of the Vice Dean, LLM students up to 6 credits of courses offered in other graduate schools and in exceptional cases undergraduate divisions of the University by submitting a petition to the Office of Academic Services.
The student’s petition must include:
a. An explanation of the student’s reasons for seeking to receive law school credit for the course. If the student is able to show that the course is directly related to the study of law, the law school administration will usually grant the request to allow law school credit as long as the course is appropriately rigorous. If the course is not directly related to the study of the law, the law school generally will not allow law school credit unless the student is able to make a detailed, persuasive showing that taking the course will further the career that the student intends to pursue and/or enhance the value of law school courses that the student plans to take. Basic courses in foreign languages will not qualify but a course conducted in a foreign language that is directly related to the study of law may be permitted upon petition of a student, and a student can petition to take one course conducted in a foreign language that is not directly related to the study of the law by showing that the course will further the career that the student intends to pursue or enhance the value of law school courses that the student plans to take.
b. The syllabus for the course that the student is seeking to take at the other division of the University for law school credit.
c. Information about the teacher of the course that the student is seeking to take at the other division of the University for law school credit.
Grades for these courses are not computed in the GPA, and they may not be taken credit/fail.
Students may take no more than 6 credits of non-law courses in any one semester.
LLM students may enroll in no more than 6 credits of non-law 24 courses that may be counted towards the LLM degree. For JD students, up to 12 credits of non-law courses may be counted towards the JD degree and up to 12 transfer credits may be counted for dual-degree students.
You are required to complete the Non-Law School Graduate Level Course Registration Form (JD) (PDF: 260 KB).
Additional information for LLM Students:
The maximum of six credit hours may be restricted further but not expanded by the Faculty Director. You are required to complete the Request to Register for Non-Law School Graduate Course form. In some cases, the permission of the professor from the other school may also be required.
LLM students must comply with requirements of the particular program in which they are enrolled and should be aware of requirements for bar examinations in US jurisdictions.
Please see the Visiting Student Memo from Dean Kirkland for further information regarding courses outside the School of Law (Cross-Registration).
General information for both JD and LLM students regarding courses outside the School of Law:
Students, who wish to take courses that are not approved for credit towards their degree (i.e. non law-related courses, excepting language courses), must pay tuition for those courses. For rules regarding language course registration with the College of Arts and Science see “Undergraduate Language Courses” herein.
Registration dates for non-Law courses may differ from Law School. Please see the registration calendar for applicable deadlines for GSAS courses, CAS language courses, and Stern day and evening courses.
Allocation of Credits:
Please note according to ABA Standard 310, “a ‘credit hour’ is an amount of work that reasonably approximates:
(1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work per week for fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
(2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in subparagraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including simulation, field placement, clinical, co-curricular, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
Therefore, be advised that the number of credits received towards the law degree will differ despite the actual credits assigned by the graduate school. You are responsible for calculating the number of credits you will receive. If you have any questions about the number of credits to be awarded after you have calculated them, please see a counselor in the appropriate program office.
Approved non-law classes will be covered in flat tuition for full-time students. Full-time students who have exceeded the maximum credits for the semester or degree, parttime students and students taking unapproved non-law courses will be required to pay the law school’s per credit tuition rate for the class. Tuition will be calculated based upon the number of credits assigned to the non-law course by the school offering it.