F. Directed Research
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 42.5 hours of work during the semester and the supervising faculty member must certify that the experience was sustained, productive and educationally valuable. Directed research projects are subject to the following restrictions:
1) First-year students are not eligible to enroll in directed research projects.
2) Enrollment in directed research must be completed through the Student Records Office by timely submitting the required form to the Student Records Office (the form is available in Student Records or on LawWeb). A completed form requires a summary of the research project to be undertaken and the signature of an eligible supervising faculty member.
3) 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.
4) One credit will be awarded for each project. Students will be graded on a credit/no credit basis only.
5) 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.
6) Students may not engage in a directed research project and be a paid research assistant for the same professor in a given semester.
7) 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, the Lottery Course Selector (LCS) 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 LCS, they will block other University services, including course enrollment in SIS. The Student Records Office cannot remove or override registration blocks in the SIS.
2) COURSE ENROLLMENT SCHEDULE
The Course Enrollment Schedule is posted on the Law School’s website each year (usually toward the end of June). Typically, students enroll in fall, January Term, and spring courses alternating between LCS (lottery) and SIS (live add/drop) as generally described below (more specific instructions are posted by Student Records).
- After coordinating with the vice dean and faculty, the Student Records Office posts the courses and schedules for the upcoming academic year (usually toward the end of June).
- Incoming LL.M. students inform the Student Records Office of intention to take Civil Procedure in the Fall term and/or Constitutional Law in the Spring term.
- Third-year students and LL.M.s, followed by returning second-year students and transfers, enroll in upper-level graduation requirement courses for the year in LCS.
- Third-year students and LL.M.s, followed by returning second-year students and transfers, enroll in fall semester courses in LCS.
- Exchange and visiting students enroll in fall semester courses in LCS.
- All students add and drop fall semester courses through the first week of fall classes in SIS.
- Third-year students and LL.M.s, followed by second-year students, followed by first-year students enroll in spring semester courses in LCS.
- LL.M., exchange and visiting students enroll in spring semester courses in LCS.
- First-year students enroll in spring semester elective courses in LCS.
- All students add and drop January Term and spring semester courses in SIS.
- Students add and drop J-term classes until soon before the class starts.
- All students add and drop spring semester courses through the first week of spring classes in SIS.