Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 951 Indep Study: Tutorial



Course Description

In this form of independent study from one to three students can engage in tutorial study with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon subject area. Typically the subject studied will not be covered in depth in a regularly scheduled law school course and the students shall have the necessary background knowledge to engage in specialized study in the area. A full-time faculty member with expertise in the area to be studied must agree to be the tutorial instructor. Although a tutorial may have a one to one student/teacher ratio, at the discretion of the faculty member up to three students may enroll in a tutorial. The one to three students will meet with the instructor for weekly or bi-weekly sessions to discuss substantive issues that the student(s) are studying based upon outside reading or research assignments. One or more papers related to the subject matter of the tutorial shall be written by each student during the semester. In cases where more than one student is enrolled in a tutorial, the instructor shall have the discretion to require that each student write separate paper(s) or to allow each student to do a substantial part of a larger project. The faculty member shall decide the grading policy for the Tutorial Study and that policy shall be communicated to the student. The faculty member must choose either a numerical (55-99) or pass/fail grading system. Requirements: A student who has successfully completed 43 credits of law studies may take a Tutorial Study course with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A Tutorial Study Form must be completed and signed by the faculty instructor and approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before registration in a Tutorial Study. Each Tutorial Study, including its scope, coverage, credit hours (from 1 to 3 credits), course guidelines, and method of grading must be approved by the faculty instructor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs after full disclosure by the student(s) of the content and scope of all prior independent studies (LAW 951 and LAW 952) undertaken by the student(s). A student may take up to 3 independent study courses at the Law School (including both LAW 951 and LAW 952). No more than 2 of the 3 may be taken in any one semester, and no more than 1 of the 3 may be taken under the sole instruction of any one faculty member.