A student and full-time law school faculty member may agree to an independent research project for one, two, or three hours of credit. It is anticipated that the student will meet with the faculty member regularly during the completion of the project to review the work being done. A written product normally is expected, but its length and content shall be determined by the supervising faculty member. It is the responsibility of the student to confer with the supervisor concerning the progress of the research before the deadline.
Enrollment for independent research is completed by registration in Independent Research and submission of the approval form for independent research of a program approved in writing by the supervising law school faculty member. This form must be submitted to the law school Assistant Dean for Registration by the end of the second week of classes in any semester.
No student may receive more than a total of six hours of independent research credit during his or her law school career, except with permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
The written product of independent research may satisfy the student’s writing requirement for graduation as defined by the School of Law policy on the Advanced Writing Requirement.
Limitation: Independent research programs are not intended to serve as substitutes for courses given at the law school. Accordingly, credit may ordinarily not be earned for study in subjects that are covered in classes that have been, are, or will be available to students during their law school careers. This rule does not extend to the following circumstances: (a) the subject matter of the proposed program is not available in the law school curriculum, or (b) the student has registered in the course covering the subject matter, but has been excluded from it because of class size limitations and will not have another opportunity to enroll in that or another course covering the subject matter of the proposed program, or (c) the student has taken, or is taking, a survey or introductory course in the area, and wishes to do advanced work which is not made available in the curriculum.