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Quantity of Work Rule

A law student may take no more than sixteen semester hours a semester. In rare situations, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs may, for good cause shown, permit a student to register for a maximum of seventeen hours per ABA policy. (See Over/Under Hours Request Form.) Law students may take courses in other schools and colleges only with the express prior permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Normally, a student may not take a course in another school or college, except an ROTC course, in addition to the maximum load in the law school.

During a long-session semester, a minimum load of ten semester hours is required of all students with twenty semester hours of credit or more; a minimum load of fourteen semester hours is required of all students with fewer than twenty semester hours of credit. A student may not take less than a minimum load without special permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. (See Over/Under Hours Request Form.)

Law students are strongly advised that they should not work while in their first year and that they should not work more than fifteen hours a week while in their second and third years.