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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE ENROLLMENT HOURS AND
HONORS DESIGNATION
IN THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Lawrence Sager of the School of Law has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the enrollment hours and the honors designation in the Law School Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 22, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 7, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an 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 noon on November 20, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 12, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE ENROLLMENT HOURS AND
HONORS DESIGNATION
IN THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): LAW
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
The faculty Standards Committee proposes:
1) A student with fewer than 20 semester hours of credit in law be allowed to enroll in more than 15 semester hours a semester in the law school. p. 48
2) The honors designations be awarded based on percentile rankings instead of grade-point-average minimums. p. 57


Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 48 and 57

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1) A change has been requested in order to preserve the legitimacy of the honors designation at the law school. Since the 2003-04 academic year, the law school has required all first-year law students to enroll in one elective course in the spring of their first year. Due to variety in the amount of credit awarded for electives, some students with fewer than 20 semester hours of credit will be enrolled in more than 15 semester hours in their second semester.
2) Honors designations were not considered when the new grading policy was put into effect in the fall of 2003. Since the new grading policy has been in effect, the percentage of students receiving Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors at the law school has increased from 32% in the spring of 2002 to 62% in the spring of 2007.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A
Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: October 1, 2007
College: yes Date: October 22, 2007
Dean: yes Date: October 22, 2007