In compiling rules governing the awarding of credit for Directed Research and Study projects, the curriculum committee envisions the following types of projects to be appropriate for DRS credit:
- Independent research and writing culminating in a traditional scholarly paper of which the student is the sole or joint author.
- Independent research and writing of graduate level academic rigor culminating in a final law-related project of professional quality.
- Assistance with faculty scholarship that requires independent, extensive, and rigorous research and a substantial written product.
The following types of projects would not be appropriate for DRS credit:
- Assistance with faculty scholarship that is essentially bibliographic in nature, or involves relatively ministerial verification skills.
- Assistance with work for which a faculty member is receiving outside compensation unless the work relates to a treatise, book, research project, or other project that is of significant scholarly value, and the student’s contribution would otherwise qualify for DRS credit under example 4 above.
- Assisting a faculty member in the practice of law.
- Any work for which the student is being paid.
- Any work that the student has already completed before registering for the DRS credits.
- Any work and participation related to an internship.