Credit for Co-Curricular (Law 793R §§ 1-5) – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Credit for Co-Curricular (Law 793R §§ 1-5)

  1. Credit for Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Co-Curricular Programs (Law 792R and Law 793R)

 

For students entering the law school as first-year students in August 2016 or earlier:

 

Law 792R:  Credit for participation in a Moot Court or Trial Advocacy Co-Curricular program is authorized in the amount of one credit per semester for successful completion of the Basic Work Assignment in the program.  The governing body of each Co-Curricular program, subject to the approval of its faculty advisor, shall establish the Basic Work Assignment of the program.

 

Law 793R:  Up to two hours of additional credit is available for certain additional academic work by students who are members of a co-curricular program under the conditions described below.  The governing body of each co-curricular program will recommend to the faculty advisor the names of students to receive credit under this provision.

 

  1. Credit for Law 793R § 2  (Moot Court)

One hour of credit is authorized for second- or third-year students who are members of the Moot Court Co-Curricular program and who, in addition to successfully completing the Basic Work Assignment of the program, participate in one or more Moot Court competitions during the academic year.  No more than one extra hour of credit shall be awarded for each academic year regardless of the number of competitions entered, making students eligible for a total of two hours of additional credit during their second and third year. The faculty advisor shall evaluate each enrolled student’s academic achievement for these additional credits.  The faculty advisor shall submit to the registrar the grade for each enrolled student, whether pass, low pass, or fail.

  1. Credit for Law 793R § 5  (Trial Advocacy)

One hour of credit is authorized for second-year students who, in addition to successfully completing the Basic Work Assignment of the Trial Advocacy program, travel to a trial advocacy competition during the winter semester of their second year.  One additional hour of credit is authorized for third-year students who, in addition to successfully completing the Basic Work Assignment of the Trial Advocacy program, travel to a trial advocacy competition during the winter semester of their third year.  The faculty advisor shall evaluate each enrolled student’s academic achievement for these additional credits. The faculty advisor shall submit to the registrar the grade for each enrolled student, whether pass, low pass, or fail.

 

The faculty advisor for each Co-Curricular program shall evaluate each enrolled student’s academic achievement.  Evaluation of students’ academic achievement may include, but is not limited to, the faculty advisor’s review of hourly logs or other records to determine that students are completing the Basic Work Assignment and required 50 hours of work per co-curricular credit; consultations with student leaders; observation of student performances of skills; review of student written work; etc.  The faculty advisor shall submit to the registrar the grade for each enrolled student.

 

Credit for Law 792R and Law 793R, if awarded, will be recorded as a pass or as a low pass.  Low pass will appear on the transcript at a grade of 2.7. The grade submitted for non-completion of the Basic Work Assignment will be a 1.6.

 

Credit for Law 792R and Law 793R is subject to the law school rule (VIII.B.) that no student can earn more than 21 hours of cumulative credit for courses listed in ABA Standard 311, Interpretation 311-1(b).

 

Students otherwise eligible for membership may participate in multiple co-curricular programs, subject to the cumulative credit limits described in Section VIII.B.

 

Participation in a co-curricular program is limited to students who have completed their first year of law study and who have a cumulative 2.7 or above grade-point average.



For students entering the law school as first-year students in August 2017 or later:

 

Credit for participation in Co-Curricular Moot Court and Co-Curricular Trial Advocacy may be earned under the following circumstances:

 

Law 792R:  Students who are members of either Co-Curricular Moot Court or Co-Curricular Trial Advocacy are eligible in their second and third years of law school to earn up to one (1) credit toward graduation per semester.

 

Law 793R:  Students who are members of inter-scholastic competition teams for either Moot Court or Trial Advocacy in their second or third years are eligible to earn up to one (1) additional credit per competition up to a maximum of two (2) competitions during law school.  This one (1) additional credit per competition up to a maximum of two credits is in addition to any credits they earn under Section II.C.1, above.

 

The faculty advisor for Moot Court and Trial Advocacy shall evaluate each enrolled student’s academic achievement.  Evaluation of student’s academic achievement may include, but is not limited to, the faculty advisor’s review of hourly logs or other records to determine that students are satisfying the required obligations of a member under the approved co-curricular’s bylaws; consultations with student leaders; review of student written work, etc.  The faculty advisor shall submit to the registrar the grade for each enrolled student. Credit, if awarded, will be recorded as a pass or as a low pass. Low pass will appear on the transcript at a grade of 2.7. The grade submitted for non-completion of the required obligations will be a 1.6.

 

Credit for Law 792R and Law 793R is subject to the law school rule (VIII.B) that no student can earn more than twenty-one (21) hours of cumulative credit for courses listed in ABA Standard 311, Interpretation 311-1(b)

 

Notwithstanding the 21-hour limitation set forth in Section VIII.B, no student may earn more than six (6) total credits in a Co-Curricular program (Law 792R and Law 793R).

 

Participation in a co-curricular program, and enrollment in Law 792R and Law 793R, is limited to students who have completed their first year of law study and who have a cumulative 2.7 or above grade-point average.

 

  1. Notwithstanding the above limitation on first-year participation in co-curricular programs, first-year students may participate as competitors in a 1L mini-competition in the Winter semester of their first year of law school, provided the competition meets the following requirements.  Scheduling of each first-year competition must be approved by the law school administration.

 

  1. Moot Court:  First-year students may compete in a first-year moot court competition if (i) the competition is restricted to arguing the appellate brief already written by all students in their Introduction to Advocacy course (Law 546) that semester; and (ii) the competition shall not exceed eight consecutive days (not counting any Sunday) for any student, measured from the first day of participating in an oral argument round.


Trial Advocacy:  First-year students may compete in a first-year trial advocacy competition if (i) the competition does not exceed three consecutive days (not containing any Sunday); (ii) participation is wholly voluntary and no academic credit is granted; and (iii) the competition problem is not released to participants until 6:00 a.m. the first day of the competition.

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