Student Arranged Courses

In addition to the published curriculum, you may take up to 6 credits of non-law William & Mary course work (this option is not available to joint degree students) or undertake independent study with the supervision and approval of a full-time instructor at the Law School.  With prior approval from the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, students may be supervised by an adjunct law professor when undertaking an independent study.

Non-Law Courses Independent Courses

To be approved, students must be in good standing at William & Mary, both academically and judicially, in order to request or receive approval of non-law course credit; a non-law course must be approved in advance by the Law School; may not involve essentially the same material covered in a course previously taken by the student; must be offered at a graduate, or advanced undergraduate level, except for good cause shown (e.g. an introductory course in a foreign language); and, should be intellectually and academically rigorous.  Students are required to explain how the non-law course is necessary for their career goals in law.

A grade of 'C' or better must be earned before the credits (not the grade) transfer to the law degree. These credits are "pass" and are subject to the 25 percent limitation on ungraded academic credits allowed towards the law degree.

When students become interested in a specific topic within an area of the law they are encouraged to pursue this topic, either one-on-one or in a small group, under the direction of a professor.

Students may choose to write a short (10 page) independent research paper or an independent writing paper equivalent to a law review article (in excess of 20 pages).

Students might, instead, study the topic as a directed reading. Up to 5 students may read and discuss the topic with a professor. Typically, this course is pure discussion. No written product is expected.