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Standard 310   

POLICY ON DETERMINATION OF CREDIT HOURS FOR COURSEWORK

This Policy covers all Law School courses governed by ABA Standard 310 except externships and field placements, which are governed by ABA Standard 305.

The Law School faculty, upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Committee, establishes and approves the number of credit hours allotted for each course.

The Law School requires 60 minutes of direct faculty instruction per “credit hour” in all stand-alone courses over the course of our semester.  In addition, a credit hour is the amount of work that reasonably approximates at least two hours of out-of-class student work per week.

The semester includes thirteen weeks of instruction, one break week, and more than one week of final examinations.

One instructional course credit equals approximately 780 minutes instruction time per credit hour per semester. For simulation courses, clinical courses, writing seminars and independent research, an equivalent amount of work with an appropriate combination of in-class instruction, direct faculty instruction, and out-of-class student work is included in this calculation.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is responsible for interpreting this Policy to ensure consistency and compliance with ABA Accreditation standards.