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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF A REQUIRED SKILLS-RELATED COURSE TO THE
DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE DEGREE 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 addition of a required skills-related course to the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in the Law School Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the proposed changes on April 18, 2008. 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 April 25, 2008, 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 May 2, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 28, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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ADDITION OF A REQUIRED SKILLS-RELATED COURSE TO THE
DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE DEGREE IN THE
LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2008-2010

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Students will now be required to take at least one course from a list of skills-related courses sometime during their three years of law school. Most of our students already take such a course, but there is currently not a requirement that they do so. The proposed change creates such a requirement.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Page 52

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):

The purpose of this proposed change is to bring our curriculum into strict compliance with ABA Accreditation Standard 302(a)(4), which mandates that in addition to requiring instruction in substantive law, legal analysis and reasoning, legal writing, and the legal profession, law schools must also require instruction in “other professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession.”  

Our curriculum currently contains many offerings that satisfy ABA Standard 302(a)(4), (e.g. clinics and externships, advocacy courses, courses that focus on or involve substantial elements of negotiation, mediation or planning, and courses that involve specialized methodologies of analysis, evaluation and exposition not encompassed in traditional legal analysis and reasoning) but we do not currently require that students take one of these courses. Nevertheless, many students do take such a course – more than 95%, according to a rough census we recently conducted. Thus, the imposition of this requirement is not likely to alter student behavior, except in a very few cases.

Because our offerings in this area change each year, and because there are so many courses that can fulfill this requirement, a new list of allowable courses will be compiled each year by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, after consultation with the faculty, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and the heads of our clinical and advocacy programs.

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.

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.
Yes. The number of hours required for degree completion will be lowered to 120 semester hours for Options I, II, III, IV, and V.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Curriculum Committee yes Date: April 11, 2008
College: yes Date: April 18, 2008
Dean: yes Date: April 18, 2008


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CURRICULUM1

Required First Year Courses
{No changes made to this section.}

Required Advanced Courses
  • One of the following:
      Law 251K or 351K, Criminal Procedure: Investigation
      Law 270M 370M, Criminal Procedure: Prosecution
      Law 181C, 281C, 381C, or 481C, Constitutional Law II
  • Law 285 or 385, Professional Responsibility
  • Law 397S, Law Seminar: Writing
  • One course from a list of professional skills courses approved each year by the Dean
  • Such other courses as the dean and faculty of the School of Law may specify
In addition to the required first-year courses, each first-year student must take one elective. Elective courses that are open to first-year students are identified in the course schedule published each semester by the School of Law.
To avoid scholastic difficulty, the student should complete all required work except the seminar before the final semester.


1 The current language of the catalog is not what appears online at this time. The online language is from the 2006-2008 catalog, while the current language is printed in the 2008-2010 catalog.