Students who want to take classes outside of King Hall must obtain approval from Dean Kulwin, the Dean of Student Affairs, before registering for the course. To apply, students must complete the Dean’s Approval for Outside Units , attach copies of the course descriptions for each course the student wants to take and turn the completed form and course descriptions in to the law school Registrar’s Office.
During the summer, you may take courses at other ABA accredited law schools in the U.S. which have summer programs or an ABA accredited summer abroad program.
- Students must earn grades of C or better in each course taken at an ABA accredited law school (whether in the U.S. or abroad) in order to have the credits applied to their King Hall J.D. Grades earned in courses at other ABA approvals are not computed in the student’s King Hall grade point average.
- Summer sessions and each summer course must be a minimum of 3 weeks long.
In order to take courses at other ABA accredited law schools during the academic year, students must be in their 2nd or 3rd year of study and the student’s grade point average at King Hall must be 2.0 or above. The Dean may set a maximum number of credits for the courses.
To have credit applied to their King Hall J.D., students must earn grades of C or better in each course taken at an ABA accredited law school. Grades earned in courses at the other school are not computed in the student’s King Hall grade point average. Only units are applied toward the required 88 units for graduation from King Hall. No more than 31 units from other law schools will be applied towards the King Hall J.D.
No. The ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools prohibits law students from taking more than 20% of a law school's required coursework for graduation in a single semester, and schools are not allowed to “round up” when calculating this figure. King Hall students may not take more than 17 units per semester.
King Hall does not have a summer program or summer classes. However, students have two options:
- Most major cities have one or more ABA accredited law schools which have summer sessions and which offer externships during those summer sessions. You can apply as a summer visiting student and, if accepted, enroll in the ABA accredited school's summer session and pay that school's summer fees. Please check with the King Hall financial aid office to find out whether financial aid will be available for you.
- Students who take classes at other ABA accredited schools must earn grades of C or better for the units to be accepted towards the King Hall J.D. Externships are generally graded Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit. You must find out how the school you attend defines "Pass" or "Credit". If the school defines these terms as the equivalent of a C or better, the law school will accept a grade of "Pass," "Credit" or "Satisfactory" and apply your externship units. If the school defines "Pass," "Credit" or "Satisfactory" as the equivalent of a D- or better (which is the custom of many schools), the law school cannot accept grades of "Pass," "Credit" or "Satisfactory." Instead, the professor overseeing your externship must agree to write a letter saying that your performance in the externship is the equivalent of a C or better (assuming that is true after you have completed the externship). Some schools are willing to write such letters while others are not. Be sure to learn the school's policy on this before enrolling at the school.
- Students who want to take classes outside of King Hall must obtain approval from Dean Kulwin before registering for the course. To apply, students must complete the [Dean's Approval for Outside Units ] , attach copies of the course descriptions for each course the student wants to take and turn the completed form and course descriptions in to the Registrar's Office.
- You simply work during the summer at the placement without enrolling in a summer session. In the fall, you enroll at King Hall for a Law 499 (independent research project) under the supervision of a King Hall faculty member and write a paper on a topic that interested you at your summer placement. You can write a paper based on legal issues you learned about while working or use something you wrote at your job as a starting point for your King Hall paper. The choice of topic would be up to you and the supervising King Hall professor. The Law 499 can be either graded or S/U. Note that you would not be getting credit for your work at the externship itself but for a separate project based on your work there. This means that you cannot write something at your job, bring it to a King Hall professor and say "here's my Law 499 project, please grade it." Your Law 499 project must be new work you create under the supervision of the King Hall professor. If you think you might already have ideas for a paper before you start your externship, or you develop an idea during the summer, you can find a professor who agrees to supervise your and begin working on your paper during the summer if you like.