Academic Load for the J.D. Program
Students may not register for more than 16 nor fewer than 12 semester hours in any semester without the written permission of the Dean. No student may take more than 18 hours in a regular semester. Students may take up to 6 hours during the summer session without permission of the dean. Courses taken during the winter or May intersessions are not considered as part of a regular semester or summer term for purposes of determining academic load for a regular semester.
Students should keep these credit hour restrictions in mind when planning class schedules and summer session attendance. A total of 90 semester hours must be completed prior to graduation (see requirements for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in the Degrees Offered section of this catalog).
Students should plan when they will take the courses required after their first year. Please note that students on the guided curriculum must take additional required courses.
Academic Load for the LL.M Program
Students in the LL.M. Program are required to take 4 credits in the summer term and 13 credits in each regular semester (fall and spring). Any exceptions to the required academic load for LL.M. students must be approved by the Director of the LL.M. Program.
Limitation on Pass/Fail Courses
No more than 12 pass/fail graded hours may count toward the 90 hours needed to earn the J.D. degree exclusive of Law Review and Moot Court Board.
Limit on Non-Classroom Hours
No more than 8 non-classroom hours may count toward the 90 hours needed to earn the J.D. degree exclusive of Law Review and Moot Court Board. Non-classroom courses are: Writing Requirement, Special Projects I, Special Projects II, Moot Court Competition I, Moot Court Competition II, Moot Court Competition III, and the non-classroom portion of the Legal Extern Programs. Any variance from this rule requires the written approval of the dean.
Dropping and Adding Courses
After registration closes, the adding and dropping of courses and other schedule changes must be made through the Director of Law School Records. Such changes will be allowed only with the permission of the dean of the law school. Permission will not be given for a student to enter a course after the third week of a semester or after one week of a summer term, except for writing requirements and special project classes which do not involve classroom instruction.
A course that is dropped during weeks 1-3 of the semester of term will not be entered on the student's academic record if proper procedures are followed. A course that is dropped between week 4 and the official drop date will appear as a W on the student's transcript. A student who drops a course after the official drop date of the semester or term will receive a grade of F unless there were circumstances involved over which the student had no control, as determined by the dean. After the official drop date of the semester or term, in case of a genuine emergency such as hospitalization or moving away from the area, a student may drop a course with special permission from the dean and a grade of W may be entered on the record. The dropping of any course without following the designated procedure and receiving the approval of the dean will automatically result in a grade of F.
Residency Requirement, full-time students
The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree program is a three-year course of study requiring 5 semesters of no less than 12 semester credit hours each in residence at MC Law. Residency credit is awarded proportionately for summer work at MC Law. No "residence credit" is given for any course taken at another institution. For information on receiving permission to take courses for credit at another institution, see "Off-Campus Credit" in this section of this catalog.
To graduate from MC Law, a transfer student must complete at least 60 hours in residence over the course of no less than 4 semesters. Residency credit may be awarded proportionately for summer work at MC Law.
To graduate with honors, a J.D. student must take at least 60 semester credit hours at MC Law.
The accelerated two-year J.D. program allows the student to complete requirements for the J.D. degree over four regular semesters and three summer terms.
Distance Education Courses
A student may take a total of fifteen (15) credit hours through distance education courses. A "distance education course" is defined as one in which students are separated from the faculty member or each other for more than one-third of the instruction and the instruction involves the use of technology to support regular and substantive interaction among students and between the students and the faculty member, either synchronously or asynchronously. The classroom component of a Remote Extern Program class is counted toward the distance education caps.
Unless a course is offered solely in a distance education format (e.g., the professor is in a location separate from all of the students), a student must obtain the permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the instructor to take the course synchronously or asynchronously. A form requesting approval is available at law.mc.edu/approvals.
If an exam is given in a distance education course, all students enrolled in the course, including those participating remotely, must take the exam on the MC Law campus according to the normal procedures for examination.
Students must receive written permission from the dean prior to registering for any course for credit at another law school. Request for permission should include the name of the school, the exact title and number of the course to be taken, a course description and the amount of credit awarded by the school to be attended. As a general rule, students will only be given permission to take courses at another ABA-accredited law school if it is for the purpose of taking courses not offered at MC Law, to unite with spouses or for family emergencies requiring the physical presence of the student. A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher to receive permission to take courses at another law school. Except in exceptional circumstances as determined by the dean, students may not receive permission to take required courses at another law school. No student who has been on academic probation at any time during law school will be given permission to take courses at another school. See the section on tuition and fees for how tuition will be charged for taking courses at another law school. The dean of the law school reserves the right to determine whether any law course from another institution will be accepted toward the student's degree at MC Law. No residency credit or quality points are awarded at MC Law for any course taken at another institution and no credit will be allowed for any course in which the grade earned was below a C. A fee of $100 will be assessed if the student is visiting another law school during the student's final term of the law school. This fee is in addition to the graduation fee.
A student in the first or second year shall not be employed in excess of 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled in 12 or more credit-hours. A student in the third year, with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.75, shall not be employed in excess of 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled in 12 or more credit-hours. This restriction applies to the summer term (if 6 hours or more are taken) as well as to the regular year. There is no employment restriction for a third year student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above. A student on probation shall not be employed. Violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action, including dismissal.
LL.M. students are not eligible for any form of employment through work-study.
Restriction for Students on Probation
A student who is on academic probation (see Grade Requirement for Good Academic Standing section of this catalog) may register for summer courses. If the student does not earn the required cumulative GPA to be removed from probation, the student will be academically dismissed and will not be allowed to continue in summer school regardless of the ruling on any appeal.
A student who is on academic probation when registration opens for the summer or winter intersession courses may not register for and/or enroll in an intersession course.
A student whose GPA drops below a 2.0 at the end of a semester and has already enrolled in an on-campus summer school course will be removed from the course and the tuition will be refunded.
A student whose GPA drops below a 2.0 at the end of a semester and has already completed an intersession class while on probation, but before grades were available, may elect to be removed from the course and have the tuition refunded or take a pass/fail credit for the course.
A student whose GPA drops below a 2.0 at the end of a semester and is enrolled in a study abroad program may elect to be removed from the course and have the tuition refunded or take a pass/fail credit for the course.