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Credit Limitations

(The following was adapted from the Academic Bulletin)

Credit Limitations for Upper-Division Students
Year of Study Semester Credit Minimum Semester Credit Maximum
Second-Year Day 10 credits 18 credits
Third-Year Day 10 credits 18 credits
Second-Year Evening 8 credits 13 credits
Third-Year Evening 8 credits 13 credits
Fourth-Year Evening 8 credits 13 credits
Second-Year Part-Time Day 8 credits 13 credits
Third-Year Part-Time Day 8 credits 13 credits
Fourth-Year Part-Time Day 8 credits 13 credits

The credit limitations described above include any courses involving joint degree programs whether taken in or outside of the School of Law.  These credit limitations will be strictly enforced, without exception. 

Credit Limitation for Summer Session

Although a student may register for an unlimited number of Summer Session courses, no student may use more than a total of six (6) Summer Session credit hours to fulfill his/her graduation credit requirement. This credit limitation is applicable to any Summer Session offering in which credits may be earned. Summer Session offerings are subject to the auditing policy described in the Academic Bulletin. In addition, any student receiving permission to audit a Summer Session course is subject to the normal tuition, fee charges and attendance requirements. Summer School credits are not permitted to accelerate a student's graduation date [three academic years for a full-time student and four academic years for a Part-Time Day or Evening student], reduce annual tuition, or reduce semester residency requirements.

Credit Limitation for Non-Classroom Courses and Activities

Although a student may register for an unlimited number of non-classroom courses and activities, i.e., Law Review and other journals, Moot Court Competitions, Independent Research, Joint Degree courses, and Clinical Programs, no student may utilize more than a total of eighteen such credits to fulfill the graduation credit requirement.

Clinical Course Limitations

Students may not register for more than one clinical program (clinic, simulation course, or externship) per semester.

Students who are on probationary status due to a failure to achieve a grade point average of 2.00 after their first year of study may not register for any clinical program (Law Clinic, Specialized Externship Program, or General Externship) in their second year.

 Clinics are filled on a "first-come, first-served basis;" however, students who will be third year day or fourth year evening/part-time day students are given preference in enrollment in Clinical Programs.

Students seeking externships with qualified placements must first consult with the Clinical Legal Education Department.  No general externships will be approved for credit unless the externship site and the individual student's placement are approved by the Clinical Legal Education Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the student beginning work at the placement.  No exceptions will be permitted.

Students enrolled in in-house clinis and specialized externship programs must complete the required number of hours by the end of each semester (at least 112 or 140 depending on the clinic credits).  Students enrolled in year-long in-house clinics or specialized externship programs may not start the spring semester with deficit in hours completed.