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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CHANGES IN THE REQUIRED COURSES SECTION
UNDER CURRICULUM OF THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG 1998-2000
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN.


Susana I. Alemán, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the School of Law, filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal set forth below for changes in the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence, in the Curriculum section of The Law School Catalog, 1998-2000, of The University of Texas at Austin. The proposal was approved by the faculty of the School of Law. The proposal was received from the School of Law on October 22, 1999, and the edited proposal was received from the Official Publications office on October 29, 1999. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed in the Office of the General Faculty within five working days of the date of circularization, the legislation set forth below will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by November 15, 1999.




<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council




The legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 3, 1999. Paper copies are available on request from the Faculty Council Office, FAC 22, F9500.


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CHANGES IN THE REQUIRED COURSES SECTION
UNDER CURRICULUM OF THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG 1998-2000
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN.


RECOMMENDATION:

Amend Required Courses under the Curriculum section of The Law School Catalog, which appears on page 47 of the 1998-2000 catalog, as set forth below.


Curriculum

Required Courses

The following courses are required: Law [221,] 321, 421, or 621; [323] 423 or 523; [227, 327,] 427 or 527; [231, 331,] 431 or 531; [132, 232, or] 332; [233, 333,] 433 or 533; [334 or] 434 or 534; 181C, 281C, 381C, or 481C; 285 or 385; 297S, 397S, or 497S; and such other courses as the dean and faculty of the School of Law may specify. To avoid scholastic difficulty, the student should complete all required work except the seminar before the final semester.

REASON FOR CHANGES.

(1) Our inability to staff the small group experience if we were to continue having two-semester first-year classes.

(2) The desire to reduce the number of courses students take each semester. Many faculty members believe that the old system requires students to split their attention among too many courses.

(3) It enables us to enhance the role of faculty in the supervision of legal writing and to reduce conflicts with the Legal Research and Writing program taught by the writing instructors and TQ's.

(4) It brings our first-year curriculum more into the mainstream of first-year curricula offered by our peer institutions.