Non-Law Courses – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Non-Law Courses

Students may receive law school credit for approved non-law school courses in the three categories described below.  Approval is given by the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs.  While a student may obtain law school credit under each of these categories, no student may receive more than a total of 15 law school credits for non-law courses.  Furthermore, no student may receive more than a total of 6 law school credits for non-law courses outside the category of a Joint Degree Program.  In order to receive credit for a non-law school course, a student must receive a grade of “C” or better in the course.  The grade for the non-law school course will be reflected on the student’s university transcript but will not be considered in determining the student’s law school class rank.

As further described in Section VIII.B, infra, any credit earned in approved non-law school courses will count toward the maximum 21 hours of cumulative credit for courses listed in ABA Standard 311, Interpretation 311-1(b).

a. Joint Degree Programs

The Law School has entered into formal arrangements under which students can receive the indicated amount of law school credit by completing their degree in the following joint degree programs:  JD/MBA (12 credits), JD/MPA (11.5 credits), JD/MPP (9 credits), JD/MAcc (6 credits), and JD/MEd (6 credits).

For further information about the requirements of these joint-degree programs, consult with the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs.

b. Foreign Language Courses

Students may receive credit for foreign language courses taken after the first year of law school as follows:

For approved 300-level (or above) university courses in grammar or composition, a student may receive one law school credit for every two university credits earned; for approved 400-level (or above) courses involving translation of legal materials, a student may receive one law school credit for every university credit earned.  To receive credit for these courses students must obtain prior approval from the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs.  An official BYU transcript must be submitted to the Law School Registrar showing foreign language courses before or at the time of the graduation interview.

The Law School has also arranged with the Marriott School of Management for law students to receive two law school credits for completing any of the following three-credit, Business Management (596R) courses:  Business Arabic; Business Chinese; Business French; Business German; Business Italian; Business Japanese; Business Korean; Business Russian; Business Spanish; or Business Portuguese.  Students may register for these courses without obtaining formal permission from the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs.  Students will, however, need to notify the Law School Registrar of their enrollment so that they receive two law credits for each course.

c. Other Non-Law Courses

Students may obtain law school credit for other non-law school courses under the following conditions:

1. The courses must be graduate courses or upper division undergraduate courses and must be in subject areas substantially related to law;

2. The students must request and obtain the approval of the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs, including with each request detailed course information and an endorsement from a member of the law faculty; and

3. Effective Fall Semester 2009: Law school credit approved for such courses will be at a rate of one law school credit for each graduate course credit and one law school credit for each two upper division undergraduate course credits.  [Non-law school credits earned prior to Fall Semester 2009 are subject to the previous rule which provided “Law school credit approved for such courses will be at the rate of one law school credit for each two course credits.”]

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