Credit Hour Policy

Course credits are assigned in accordance with Standard 310 of the American Bar Association’s Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is responsible for determining the number of credits assigned to courses.

 

One credit hour reflects the amount of work that reasonably approximates at least 42.5 total hours during the semester (including the exam period) of (a) classroom/direct faculty instruction time, and (b) out of class work.  One credit hour for other academic activities approved for credit (e.g., directed research and study) reasonably approximates the equivalent amount of work.  Ordinarily, exam, paper and simulation courses will have at least 2 hours of outside work for every 50 minutes of time spent in class or direct faculty instruction.

  1. Exam courses: at least 42.5 hours per credit of time spent in class or in meetings with faculty, preparing for class (reading or completing class assignments), and preparing for and taking one or more exams.
  2. Paper courses: at least 42.5 hours per credit of time spent in class or in meetings with faculty, preparing for class (reading or completing assignments), and researching and writing the required paper(s).
  3. Simulation courses: at least 42.5 hours per credit of time spent in class or in meetings with faculty, preparing for class or meetings (reading or completing assignments), and preparing for and completing required presentations, projects, exams and/or papers.
  4. Internships or clinics: at least 42.5 hours per credit of time spent in class or in meetings with faculty, preparing for class or meetings (reading or completing assignments), performing field placement or clinic work, and preparing for and completing required presentations, projects, and/or papers.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, and/or the Curriculum Committee reviews courses periodically to ensure compliance with this policy.