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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ADMISSION, TRANSFER, AND PASS/FAIL POLICIES IN THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2014-2016


Dean Ward Farnsworth in the School of Law has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Law School Catalog, 2014-2016. On February 26, 2014, the dean and the faculty in the departments and college approved the proposal. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school..

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on February 26, 2014, 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 UT System.

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 March 10, 2014.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 03, 2014.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ADMISSION, TRANSFER, AND PASS/FAIL POLICIES IN THE LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2014-2016


Type of Change Academic Change
  1. IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.
    • Is this a new degree program? No
    • Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
    • Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

  2. EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE (include page numbers in the catalog where changes will be made)
    •Admission/Admission as a Beginning Student section: With the decline in the national application volume, we have decided to extend the application deadline to capture the February LSAT test administration and would like to retain the flexibility to change the application deadline from year to year.
  • Admission/Admission as a Transfer Student section: In light of the nationwide decline in the number of students applying to law school, we are seeking to maximize the opportunity for qualified and talented students to apply to UT Law.  
  • Academic Policies and Procedures/Registration on the Pass/Fail Basis section: The Law Faculty is currently considering allowing students to take a limited number of elective courses pass/fail.  A pass/fail system would allow greater course selection for the student. It would encourage students to enroll in courses they otherwise would not take.​​  Allowing students to elect the pass/fail grading system in a limited number of course work would bring the School of Law in line with other UT Austin Colleges and Schools.
  • Degrees/Master of Laws Admission to Candidacy section: We want to retain the flexibility to change the application deadline from year to year, given the quickly changing and competitive landscape surrounding LLM student admissions. 

  1. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how?
    No
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, then how?
    No
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    Not as a result of this proposal.
    No
    If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
     
    d. Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
    If yes, explain:

    If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
    No
    e. Will this proposal change the number of hours required for degree completion?
    If yes, explain:

    No
  2. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Department approval date: February 26, 2014
    College approval date: February 26, 2014
    Dean approval date: February 26, 2014

    To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.