Independent Study

SLN #: 72561
Course Prefix: LAW-781
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 1-3

Course Description:
A student wishing to pursue independent study or fieldwork for credit must obtain approval of the Associate Dean and the consent of a faculty member to supervise a proposed project and must submit a statement in detail, defining the area of study and justifying the proposal. The faculty member assigns the amount of credit that the proposal justifies. In awarding credit to a student for an independent study paper, a faculty member should require a quantum of work from the student which approximates the amount of work expected from students enrolled in a regular course taken for the same number of credits. Faculty members should set minimum lengths for independent study papers based upon the complexity of the subject, the existing volume of literature on the topic, the number of redrafts required to complete the assignment, and the originality of the student's work product. Although exact guidelines cannot be formulated in awarding credit, past practices indicate that a paper of at least 50-75 pages, which has been redrafted one or more times after review by the faculty member, will be required for three credits. Papers of roughly 35-50 pages (with one redraft) should be required for two credits, and a minimum of 25 pages (with one redraft) for one credit. An independent study can be either graded or pass/fail at the discretion of the supervising professor.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 1-3
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.