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Fall 2014 or Later

Graduation Requirements for students entering Fall 2014 or Later

General Description — Detailed information follows

 

1.  Complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of which:

            At least 65 semester hours must be in FOUNDATIONAL COURSES

             At least 6 semester hours must be in HIGHLY SPECIALIZED COURSES

            At least 6 semester hours must be in a course approved by the faculty as meeting the    EXPERIENTIAL requirement.

NOTE: A single course can count toward the credit requirements in multiple categories (65 Foundational, 6 Highly Specialized, 6 Experiential) if it is listed in multiple categories.

 

2.  Complete two upper-division writing requirements: WIE and Capstone. Submit writing requirement notifications to the Registrar (online forms for writing requirements). 

3.  Pass Constitutional Law II

4.  Complete the Professional Responsibility Requirement.

5.  Meet the requirement that at least 65 credits be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. This requirement is automatically fulfilled when you complete the 65 credits of Foundational courses.

6. NOTE carefully that The ABA requires 6 experiential credits, 2 professional responsibility credits, and 1 upper-division writing experience (all of which are integrated into Lewis & Clark’s graduation
requirements).  These three ABA requirements must be fulfilled in completely separate classes. You
may, however, fulfill your second Lewis & Clark upper-division writing requirement (either the WIE or
Capstone) in one of the classes you use to fulfill these ABA requirements.

 

DETAILED INFORMATION ON REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING LAW SCHOOL IN

FALL 2014 OR LATER

First-Year Courses:

Foundational Courses

            All first-year courses (including those first year courses taken after the first year by part-time students) are foundational courses.

            Civil Procedure I (LAW-002) and II (LAW-003) or Civil Procedure (LAW-015)

            Contracts I and II

            Criminal Procedure I (may be taken in upper division by part-time students)

            Constitutional Law I

            Legal Analysis and Writing I and II or Lawyering I and II

            Legal Elements or Legal Methods

            Property (may be taken in upper division by part-time students)

            Torts

Upper Division Courses:

            Upper Division courses may be foundational, highly specialized, experiential, or in more than one category. Remember item #6 above regarding your two writing requirements.

Foundational Law Courses

Highly Specialized Law Courses

Experiential Law Courses

 Writing Requirements: WIE and Capstone

            In order to qualify to receive the J.D. degree, a student must satisfy each of two writing requirements:

                        (1) the “writing intensive experience” requirement, and

                        (2) the “capstone writing” requirement, as follows:

 Writing intensive experience. The student must successfully complete a “writing intensive experience.”

            This requirement may be met in any of three ways:

                        (a) The student successfully completes a course that has been designated by the Curriculum Committee as a “writing intensive” course. Courses will be designated as writing intensive courses only if they include substantial instruction and feedback on writing skills as a central component of the class, apart from any coverage of an area of substantive law.

                        (b) The student successfully completes a course in which the instructor certifies, upon completion of the course, that the student’s work in the course was a “writing intensive” experience. Work will qualify for this designation only if it includes substantial instruction or coaching, and feedback, on writing skills as a central component of the work, apart from any coverage of an area of substantive law.

                        (c) The student successfully completes an independent study project that upon its completion is certified by the supervising faculty member to have been a “writing intensive” independent study project. Projects will qualify for this designation only if they include substantial coaching and feedback on writing skills as a central component of the project, apart from any coverage of an area of substantive law.

            The course or project must be graded by a faculty member, and receive a grade of “C” or better; or a faculty member must certify to the Registrar that the student’s written work would, if graded, receive a grade of “C” or better.

Capstone writing experience 

            The student must successfully complete a course or independent study project which, upon its completion, the instructor or supervising faculty member certifies was a “capstone writing” experience for the student. Courses and independent study projects will qualify for this designation only if they require a significant written product that involves complex legal analysis and the use of sophisticated writing skills. The written product must involve a mandatory rewrite after a draft has been reviewed and commented upon by the faculty member grading the written product; the final product must be reasonably responsive to the commentary and criticism received. The course or project must be graded by a faculty member and receive a grade of “C” or better.

            This requirement cannot be satisfied by a course, paper, or other experience supervised by an adjunct faculty member without prior approval of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the “writing intensive experience” before undertaking the “capstone writing” project.

The following rules are applicable to BOTH the “writing intensive experience” (WIE) requirement and the “capstone writing” requirement:

The course or project must be undertaken for academic credit for at least two semester hours.

The student’s written work must demonstrate articulate, thoughtful, and well structured analysis of the subject matter, based on careful and competent research.

No one course, project, or written product may be used to satisfy both the “writing intensive experience” requirement and the “capstone writing” requirement.

Professional Responsibility Requirement

            To be eligible for a J.D. degree, a student must have earned a minimum of 2 credits in a course or courses which provide instruction in the duties and responsibilities of the legal profession. The Dean, after consulting with the Curriculum Committee, shall designate the courses which satisfy this requirement.

            The Curriculum Committee has approved the following options to satisfy the professionalism requirement:

                                Regulations and Ethics of Lawyers course.

                                Earthrise Ethics (both semesters)

Minimum Number of Hours in Courses with Regularly Scheduled Classes or Direct Faculty Instruction

ABA Standard 311(b) regarding accreditation of law schools states that a student must complete at least 64 credit hours in “courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction.” Lewis & Clark requires a minimum of 65.

The following classes meet the regularly scheduled class or direct faculty instruction requirement

Foundational and Highly Specialized courses

Practicums with a seminar component:  2 hours of credit will be counted toward the regularly scheduled class hours for the 2-hour per week seminar meetings; 2 hours of the total 4, spent in the internship placement, will not count toward the regularly scheduled class hour minimum.

Moot Court — The classroom components of Fall moot court classes

Independent Study —  Independent Study counts as direct faculty instruction.

The following classes do NOT meet the regularly scheduled class or direct faculty instruction requirement

Externships— No externship counts to meet this requirement..

Law Review — No law review credit counts to meet this requirement, but students on law review will earn 4 foundational credits in their third year.

ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

            No student is allowed to take more than 17 credits per semester without special permission of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  Such permission requires unusual, circumstances.  The assumption is that a student would not receive such permission more than once.  The maximum credits any student can take in one semester is 18.

            To be issued a degree and to be certified to take a state bar exam, all students, in addition to completing the specific course requirements must:

  • Have no outstanding incomplete coursework;
  • Have a minimum yearly and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better at time of graduation (see rules on Standard for Continuation and Academic Probation);
  • Have all official transcripts on file for undergraduate and advanced degree studies;
  • Submit Degree Application during the fall before graduating. Degree applications are available online through WebAdvisor.
  • Clear all accounts with the Student and Departmental Account Services, Law Library, Law Bookstore, and Law Business office. You cancheck Web Advisor for any holds on your student account
  •  Complete any required exit interviews with the Financial Aid office.
  • Be in good standing both academically and in matters of discipline.
  • Comply with the ABA standard that states that students must complete all law school work within 84 months of starting law school and no less than 24 months from starting law school.