William and Mary Law School

Student Arranged Courses

In addition to the published curriculum, you may take up t 6 credits of non-law William & Mary course work 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 Academic Affairs, students may be supervised by an adjunct law professor.

Non-Law Courses Independent Courses

To be approved, 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% 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.