Independent Research Projects and Tutorials
Students may conduct independent research or pursue specialized studies in areas of the law which are of particular interest to them in the form of independent research projects or tutorials. Faculty members may conduct tutorials for small groups of students on issues not otherwise taught in the curriculum. Arrangements for independent research projects or tutorials should be made with the professor who teaches in the subject area involved. One to two hours of credit will be granted per independent research project or tutorial, depending on size and scope. No more than two independent research projects or tutorials will be given credit toward graduation. Projects or tutorials may only be "credit" or "no credit". Independent Research Projects or Tutorials must be approved by the Independent Research Committee no later than the tenth day of the semester in which the project is to be completed.
F-1 Visa Students: If you are engaged in non-required Curricular Practical Training through summer employment, you must undertake an independent research and writing project (Law 310: Independent Research Projects or Tutorials, below) during that same summer for one ungraded credit. The project shall relate to your summer employment and must be completed under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty. The project must be a substantial piece of legal writing, including a second draft in response to criticism from the supervising faculty member. You must submit a detailed proposal for the project and have the proposal approved by the supervising faculty member and the Independent Research Committee before the end of classes in spring semester, before your summer employment begins. Such project may not be used to fulfill the second-year writing requirement.
Procedures for Submitting Proposals (each semester)
- Prepare a description of the project and subject it to the sponsoring faculty member for approval. (Forms are available below.)
- Submit the description for approval to the Law Records Office no later than the 5th day of classes in the semester in which the project is to be completed (August 28 in the Fall Semester 2015 and January 15 in the Spring Semester 2016).
- The projects will then be submitted to the Independent Research Committee for review. They will review them and you will be notified of their decision before the add courses deadline. Arrange with the Law Records Office for entry of the Independent Research/Tutorial election on your schedule of courses for that semester.
Independent Research Proposal form