Academic Policies



Eligible students may receive credit for directed research projects supervised by eligible Law School faculty members. This opportunity differs from independent research credit in that it does not necessarily result in a formal research paper authored solely by the student. Work that might qualify for directed research credit could include research and writing that lead to an article co-authored by a professor and a student, sustained library research on discrete topics for an ongoing scholarly or pro bono project of a professor, or the interviewing of witnesses in connection with a professor’s public interest work. For credit to be awarded, the student must complete at least 40 hours of work during the semester and the supervising faculty member must certify that the experience was sustained, productive and educationally valuable.

Preliminary enrollment for directed research is completed through the University’s Student Information System (SIS). All directed research projects must be finalized by the submission of a Directed Research Application available in the Student Records Office. Students must write a summary of the research project to be undertaken and obtain the signature of an eligible supervising faculty member.

Directed research projects are subject to the following restrictions:

1) First-year students are not eligible to enroll in directed research projects.

2) Preliminary enrollment must be completed through SIS. NOTE: Please confirm with the potential supervising faculty member that he or she is willing to supervise your project BEFORE enrolling in a Directed Research project.

3) Final enrollment is accomplished when a completed Directed Research Application is submitted to the Student Records Office by the end of the add/drop period of the semester in which the project is undertaken. 4) Only full-time resident law faculty members may supervise directed research projects (see section I.G). Emeriti and visiting faculty members may supervise with the permission of the vice dean.

5) One credit will be awarded for each project. Students will be graded on a credit/no credit basis only.

6) Students may earn a maximum of three credits of directed research over their law school careers. Directed research credits will be combined with independent research credits for purposes of applying the overall ceilings on independent research credit (see section VI.H.M); i.e., students may earn a maximum of eight credits, a maximum of four credits per academic year and a maximum of six credits under the supervision of any one faculty member.

7) Students may not engage in a directed research project and be a paid research assistant for the same professor in a given semester.

8) Any work applied toward directed research credit may not be counted toward the pro bono hours registered with the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center.


Except for required first-year courses and other specified courses, all students enroll in courses using the Law School’s lottery course enrollment system, LawReg and the University’s Student Information System (SIS). These systems require a computer with Internet access and a Web browser. Students enroll in courses for the fall and spring semesters and the January Term in accordance with the Course Enrollment Schedule and instructions announced by the Student Records Office. Eligibility for course enrollment is governed by Law School academic policies and procedures and course restrictions listed in online course descriptions.

1) NEGATIVE SERVICE INDICATORS (REGISTRATION BLOCK HOLDS)Students who have not satisfied all student health, financial or other requirements of the University or Law School may have "negative service indicators," which display as holds, placed on their University records. These holds create registration blocks in SIS. While registration blocks will not preclude course enrollment in LawReg, they will block other University services, including course enrollment in SIS. The Student Records Office cannot remove or override registration blocks in the SIS.

The Course Enrollment Schedule is posted on the Law School’s website each year. Typically, students enroll in fall, January Term, and spring courses alternating between LawReg (lottery) and SIS (live add/drop) as described below.





Courses and Course Enrollment (continued)