Chapter 4 - Academic Regulations

  • 4.1    Degree Requirements, Course of Study and Course Load
  • 4.1.01 Degree Requirements
    Capital University Law School confers the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) after a student has passed a sufficient number of courses to have earned 86 credits if admitted prior to Fall 2006. Those who entered Fall 2006 or after are required to earn 89 credit hours. In order to graduate, a student must maintain a 2.0 Cumulative grade point average. Credit hours are earned only for courses in which a student is awarded a grade of D or better, the grade S (satisfactory), or the transcript designation of K (transfer credit).
  • 4.1.02 Required Courses 

    Certain subjects are deemed so fundamental for a complete understanding of American jurisprudence that they are required for graduation. Students must pass each of these courses to satisfy the graduation requirement. In addition, selected students must complete mandatory student support courses in order to graduate. See section 4.1.04. Courses specifically required for graduation are listed below and must be taken in the year and the semester prescribed below or at the earliest possible time.

  • The following highlights the required course of study for students pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. Students must take a total of 89 credit hours, 48 of which are required. 

    FULL-TIME DAY DIVISION 
    First Year (28 credits)               
    FALL SEMESTER                   SPRING SEMESTER                       
    Course  Credits    Course  Credits       
    Contracts I         3   Contracts II 3      
    Torts I 3   Torts II 2      
    Property 3   Property II 2      
    Legal Research & Writing I 2   Legal Research & Writing II 2      
    Criminal Law 3   Civil Procedures:  Rules 3      
    Integrated Core Competencies      1   Integrated Core Competencies   1      
    TOTAL CREDITS 15   TOTAL CREDITS 13      
                   
    Second Year (16 credits)               
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER        
    Course  Credits     Course  Credits       
    Constitutional Law I                      3   Constitutional Law II 3      
    Civil Procedure:  Jurisdiction 3   Evidence   4      
    Fed Personal Income Tax 3   TOTAL CREDITS 7      
    TOTAL CREDITS 9            
                   
    Third Year (4 credits)               
    Course  Credits           
    Professional Responsibility 1  2          
    Legal Drafting 2            
    TOTAL CREDITS 4            
                   
    PART-TIME EVENING DIVISION  
    First Year (25 credits)                
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER         SUMMER SEMESTER 2   
    Course  Credits     Course  Credits    Course  Credits 
    Contracts I 3   Contracts II 3   Legal Research & Writing III      1
    Torts I 3   Torts II 2   Criminal Law      3
    Property I 3   Property II 2   TOTAL CREDITS 4
    Legal Research & Writing I 1   Legal Research & Writing II 2      
    Integrated Core Competencies 1   Integrated Core Competencies 1      
    TOTAL CREDITS 11   TOTAL CREDITS 10      
                   
    Second Year (19 credits) 
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER        
    Course  Credits     Course  Credits       
    Constitutional Law I 3   Constitutional Law II 3      
    Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction 3   Civil Procedure: Rules 3      
    Evidence 4   Federal Personal Income Tax 3      
    TOTAL CREDITS 10   TOTAL CREDITS 9      
                   
    Third or Fourth Year (4 credits) 
    Course  Credits             
    Professional Responsibility 3  2                
    Legal Drafting 2            
    TOTAL CREDITS 4            
                   
    PART-TIME DAY DIVISION 
    First Year (23 credits) 
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER        
    Course  Credits     Course  Credits       
    Contracts I 3   Contracts II 3      
    Torts I 3   Torts II 2      
    Legal Research & Writing I 2   Legal Research & Writing II 2      
    Criminal Law 4  3   Civil Procedure: Rules 5  3      
    Integrated Core Competencies 1   Integrated Core Competencies 1      
    TOTAL CREDITS 12   TOTAL CREDITS 11      
                   
    Second Year (17 credits) 
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER        
    Course  Credits     Course  Credits       
    Property I 3   Property II 2      
    Constitutional Law II 3   Constitutional Law II 3      
    Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction 3   Civil Procedure: Rules 3      
    TOTAL CREDITS 9   TOTAL CREDITS 8      
                   
    Third Year (12 credits) 
    FALL SEMESTER     SPRING SEMESTER        
    Course  Credits     Course       Credits       
    Criminal Law 3   Professional Responsibility 2      
    Federal Personal Income Tax 3   Evidence 4      
    TOTAL CREDITS 6   TOTAL CREDITS 6      
                   
    Fourth Year (2 credits) 
    Course  Credits             
    Legal Drafting 2            
    TOTAL CREDITS 2            

     

    NOTES 
    1     Full-time students may take Professional Responsibility any time after they have completed their first year of studies.
    2 Evening Students are required to take the following courses during the summer immediately following their first year of law school.
    3 Part-time students may take Professional Responsibility any time after they have completed their second year of studies.
    4 Part-time day students may take Criminal Law during the fall semester of their first year, the summer after their first year, or during the first semester of their third year.
    5 Part-time day students can take Civil Procedure Rules during spring semester of first year or spring semester of second year.

     

  • 4.1.03 Curricular Requirements for Graduation

    A. Students must complete a perspective course or seminar (minimum 2 credit hour course). A “perspective” course is devoted to placing the study of law in a context other than what is routinely provided in required doctrinal, skills, or practice courses. A “perspective” course must provide one or more of the following four contexts: (1) Thematic: These course are devoted to placing the legal system or a particular legal subject in the context of a different academic theme. Course descriptions can be reducible to the following form: [thematic subject] of the law or particular substantive law; e.g., “Race and the Law,” “The Philosophy of Criminal Law.” (2) Interdisciplinary: These courses are devoted to placing the legal system or a particular legal subject in the context of other academic disciplines. Course descriptions can be reducible to the following form: Law and [other academic discipline]; e.g., “Law and Literature.” (3) Comparative: These courses are devoted to placing the legal system or a particular legal subject in the context of other legal or foreign doctrines. Course descriptions can be reducible to the following form: Comparative [doctrinal subject matter]; e.g., “Comparative Constitutional Law.” (4) Foreign Law: These courses are devoted to placing the legal system or particular legal subject in the context of foreign legal doctrine. Course descriptions can be reducible to the following form: [Foreign] legal system or particular legal subject matter; e.g., “Soviet Law.” Courses satisfying this requirement are listed in registration materials each semester. A list of courses that have met this requirement in the past is contained in Section 4.9A.

    B. Students must fulfill an upper-class writing requirement. Section 4.10 of this Chapter sets forth the standards of, and the procedure for, meeting this requirement.

    C. The requirements for graduation, the availability of courses, course content, and credit hour allocations are subject to change as the Law School faculty shall determine.

    D. In accordance to ABA Accreditation Rule 304(c), students may not graduate in fewer than 24 and no more than 84 months.
  •  4.1.04     Academic Performance Requirements for Selected Students  

     In an attempt to enhance the academic performance of students, Capital University Law School has adopted several programs and requirements to provide academic support to its students. While participation in some of these programs is voluntary, some are mandatory for students demonstrating a greater need for academic support. Students required to participate in these programs are coordinated by the Director of Academic Success.

    Disclaimer: The law school retains the right to adjust or eliminate these programs at any time without advance notice to current or future students. This description of currently available programs is not intended to create a contractual or other legal obligation to provide these or other voluntary or mandatory academic success programs.  

    In an attempt to enhance the academic performance of students, Capital University Law School has adopted several programs and requirements to provide academic support to its students. While participation in some of these programs is voluntary, some are mandatory for students demonstrating a greater need for academic support. Students required to participate in these programs are coordinated by the Director of Academic Success. Disclaimer: The law school retains the right to adjust or eliminate these programs at any time without advance notice to current or future students. This description of currently available programs is not intended to create a contractual or other legal obligation to provide these or other voluntary or mandatory academic success programs.

     A.     Academic Success Summer Program (non-credit)

    This program is mandatory for students identified in the admission process by the members of the Admission/Readmission Committee, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Director of Academic Success as needing assistance in developing skills necessary to successfully complete law school. Once identified, these students are required to fully participate in a pre-matriculation summer program.

    B.  Fall Academic Success Program – Mandatory (non-credit)

    1. The Fall Academic Success Program is a mandatory non-credit program that provides academic assistance to first-year students who are at most risk of being unable to successfully complete law school without academic assistance beyond what is provided in the general J.D. curriculum. The Fall Academic success program is mandatory for:

    a. students required to attend the Academic Success Summer Program, unless exempted by demonstrating exceptional mastery of legal study skills to the Director of Academic Success during the Academic Success Program;

    b. students referred to the Director of Academic Success by faculty members teaching a small-section first-year substantive law course following a midterm and determined by the Director of Academic Success as being at most risk of being unable to successfully complete law school without additional academic assistance beyond what is provided in the general J.D. curriculum;

    c. students referred to the Director of Academic Success by a legal writing instructor based upon performance in the legal writing course and determined by the Director of Academic Success as being at most risk of being unable to successfully complete law school without additional academic assistance beyond what is provided in the general J.D. curriculum; and

    2. Students participating in the Fall Academic Success Program must receive a certificate of completion from the Director of Academic Success indicating that the student has, in the judgment of the Director of Academic Success, participated appropriately in the program, in order or enroll in classes for any subsequent semester.

     
    C.     The Spring Academic Success Program – Mandatory (non-credit)

    1. The Spring Academic Success program is a mandatory non-credit program for first year students who, after completing one semester of law school, are at most risk of being unable to successfully complete law school without assistance beyond what is provided in the general J.D. curriculum.

    2. The Spring Academic Success Program is mandatory for:

    a. first-year students who, in the judgment of the Director of Academic Success, based on their first-semester grades, are at the most risk of being unable to complete law school without academic assistance beyond what is provided in the general J.D. curriculum ; and 

    3. Students required to participate in the Spring Academic Success Program must receive a certificate of completion from the Director of Academic Success indicating that the student has participated in the program in order to enroll in classes for any subsequent semester.


    D.     General Skills Assistance Program (non-credit)

    The Law School provides a general voluntary skills assistance program for students who want to develop their legal skills, but who do not qualify for participation in one of the mandatory academic success programs described in Section 4.1.04(A)-(C). This program consists primarily of lectures, panel discussions, and group exercises for students seeking guidance in enhancing their study skills and legal analysis skills.

     10.  Generally, the Director of Academic Success will determine which students, among those whose first-year fall law school G.P.A. is 2.3 or lower, are most at risk of being unable to complete law school without additional academic support.

    E.     Writing Skills Program 

    The Law School provides a writing skills program for students who need assistance in improving their writing. This program includes a Supplemental Writing Course, which is mandatory for selected students, and group and individual workshop/consultation services for all students.

    1. The Supplemental Writing Course is designed to assist students who need to develop their writing skills. Attendance in this course is mandatory for all students who have been identified as demonstrating deficiencies in writing.

    2. Students required to attend the Supplemental Writing Course during the Fall term shall be identified as follows:

    a. All first year students will be given one or more writing diagnostic exercises shortly after their matriculation in law school. Following the evaluation of these writing diagnostics by the Legal Writing professors and Supplemental Writing Course Instructors, any student who has demonstrated a writing deficiency on the diagnostic exercises is required to attend the Supplemental Writing Course during the Fall semester, as determined by the Director of Legal Research and Writing.

    b.. Other faculty members may refer students with demonstrated writing deficiencies to the Director of Legal Research and Writing. Upon referral by another member of the faculty the Director of Legal Research and Writing may require the referred student to attend the Supplemental Writing Course in the Fall semester if the student has demonstrated writing deficiencies.

    3. Students are required to attend the Supplemental Writing Course in the Fall must receive a certificate of attendance from the course instructor. To receive a certificate of attendance, the student must attend seventy-five percent of the sessions for that course (currently 6 out of 8 sessions). Failure to attend the minimum number of Supplemental Writing Course sessions and, thereby, failure to receive a certificate of attendance from to receive a certificate of attendance from the instructor shall results on one letter (e.g. from A to B; B+ to C+, etc.) grade reduction in the student’s Legal Research and Writing grade.

    4. Only students indentified as provided in Section 4.1.04(F)(2) may participate in the Supplemental Writing Course. Students who have not been required to attend the Supplemental Writing Course but who want assistance with writing should participate in any Writing Skills Workshops that are offered or arrange individual sessions with the Writing Specialist.

    5. Writing Skills Workshops and Consultations. The Law School occasionally offers workshops to those students who want to improve writing skills. Students may also meet with the Supplemental Writing Course instructor for evaluation and work on writing skills. Students wishing more information should contact one of the Legal Research and Writing professors, the Director of Legal Research and Writing Program, the Dean, the Associate Dean, or the Director of Academic Success.


     

  •  4.1.05 Course Selection and Registration  

    A. The responsibility for the selection of an academic program rests primarily with the student.

    B. Students are responsible to see that they meet all requirements for graduation and are encouraged to seek counseling if they have any questions concerning their program of study.

    C. Courses required for graduation must be taken in the semester prescribed in Section 4.1.02 above or at the earliest possible time.

    D. Certain courses cannot be taken until pre-requisite courses have been completed, or unless co-requisite courses have been completed or are being taken at the same time, unless the student obtains the prior written approval of the Dean or Dean’s delegate. Pre-requisites and Co-requisites are specified in the course description of each course. Students are responsible for ensuring that pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements are met. Students who enroll in a course for which the pre- or co-requisites are not met will be administratively withdrawn no matter how late in the term the matter is discovered. 

     
     

  • 4.1.06 Registration Within and Transfers Between Divisions  

    A.  A student must take required courses in the division (i.e. day or evening division) for which he or she is registered. Additionally, a student must register for elective courses within his or her division, unless the course is not offered in his or her division during that semester. If an elective course is offered in both divisions, a student may register for the elective course outside his or her division only with the prior written approval of the Dean or Dean’s delegate and it is before open registration.  Space permitting, a student may register in a course outside his or her division once open registration begins.

    B. A student who enters Law School in the day or evening division is expected to remain in that division for at least one year. Transfers from one division to another after the first year require the prior written approval of the Dean or Dean’s delegate.
     

  •  4.1.07 Change of Registration After Beginning of Semester or Summer Term  

    A. Withdrawal from a course (See Section 4.4 – Policy on Maximum Tenure, Leave of Absence, and Withdrawals).

    B. During the Fall and Spring semesters, a course cannot be added to a student’s schedule after the first week of classes without the express written permission of the Dean or Dean’s delegate. A course may not be dropped from a student's schedule after the second week of classes without the express written permission of the Dean or Dean's delegate.  During the first summer session, a course must be added or dropped during the first week of class.  For intensive classes, the course may be added up until the Wednesday before the start date of the course.  An intensive may be dropped no later than the end of the first day of the class.  Any deviation from this schedule, would require the express written permission of the Dean or the Dean's delegate. 
     

  •  4.1.08 Course Load 
     
    A. Full-time Students  

    1. Every full-time student is required to take 14 or 15 credit hours each semester during their first year unless he or she first obtains the written permission of the Dean or Dean’s delegate, which is given only for extraordinary reasons.

    2. In subsequent years, full-time students are required to carry no fewer than 12 (except in the student’s last semester) and no more than 16 credit hours per semester unless authorized in writing by the Dean or Dean’s delegate. However, in accordance with ABA accreditation standards, the Dean or Dean’s delegate may not authorize a student to enroll in more than 17 credit hours in any one semester.

    3. If a full-time student in his or her final semester of law school should need to complete fewer than 12 hours to complete his or her studies and, thus, is registered for fewer than 12 credit  hours, that course load shall be considered full-time. Per Federal guidelines for financial aid, full-time students need to be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours in order to be eligible for Federal financial aid. The Federal financial aid will be calculated on actual course load basis. This includes a student’s final semester.

    4. In order to graduate in three (3) years, full-time students who entered Fall 2006 or after, need to average 15 credit hours in each of the four (4) semesters after the first year.

    B. Part-time Students  

    1. A part-time evening student is required to take 9 to 10 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester during the first two years, and 4 credit hours in the summer after the first year, unless he or she first obtains the written permission of the Dean or Dean’s delegate, which is given only for extraordinary reasons. A part-time day student is required to take between 8 and 11 credit hours each Fall and Spring semester during their first two years, unless he or she first obtains the written permission of the Dean or Dean’s delegate, which is given only for extraordinary reasons. For part-time students the course of study for the first two years is set, and additional hours of credit may not be taken.

    2. In subsequent years, part-time students are required to carry no fewer than 8 (except in student’s last semester) or no more than 11 credit hours per semester unless authorized in writing by the Dean or Dean’s delegate. Per Federal guidelines for financial aid, full-time students need to be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours in order to be eligible for Federal financial aid. 

    3. In order to graduate in four (4) years, part-time students who entered Fall 2006 or after must take 9 credit hours in each of the four regular semesters after the first two years, and must take 15 credit hours over the course of three summers.

    C. Summer Session Courseload  

    1. No full-time student may take more no than 8 credit hours during a regular summer session and no more than 8 credit hours in the intensive session.  No full time student may take more than 16 credit hours during a summer.

    2. A part-time summer student who works more than 20 hours a week may not enroll in more than 6 credit hours in the regular summer session or intensive session for a total of 12 credit hours.

    3. A summer student enrolled in a one week intensive course is prohibited from working during that one week. 1. No student may take more than 8 credit hours during a summer unless he or she enrolls in separate non-overlapping summer sessions. No full time student may take more than 16 credit hours during a summer. 2. A summer student enrolled in 6 credit hours or more in any particular summer is prohibited from working more than 20 hours each week during that summer session. 3. A summer student enrolled in a one week intensive course is prohibited from working during that one week.

    D. Acceleration of Studies  

    1. In accordance with ABA accreditation standards, students may not graduate in fewer than 24 months after their initial enrollment.  Acceleration of graduation is permitted only through attendance at summer sessions.

    2. A student must complete the requirements for graduation no later than 84 months after the student has first enrolled as a J.D. student at Capital or at another law school from which Capital has accepted transfer credit.

    NOTICE: In order to accelerate graduation, full-time and part-time students will find it necessary to enroll in summer courses every summer prior to their graduation. The Office of Records and Registration can provide students with information about how many credit hours students must enroll in, in order to complete the requirements for the J.D. degree one semester early.
     

  •  4.1.09 Early Participation in Law School Commencement 

    Eligibility to participate in commencement ceremonies for third-year day and fourth-year evening students who have not yet completed the degree requirements of Law School at the time of the Spring commencement shall be governed by the following rules.

    A. The student must have eight or fewer credit hours to complete the degree requirements.

    B. The student must not be on academic or disciplinary probation by the end of the Spring semester immediately preceding graduation.

    C. The student must have completed all required coursework (including upper class writing and perspective) and the remaining hours must only be elective hours.

    D. Any student with an outstanding ‘incomplete’ must get written approval from the Dean or Dean’s delegate in order to apply for early participation in commencement ceremonies. This approval will be given only if the ‘incomplete’ grade results from factors beyond the control of the student, and not because of lack of diligence or unsatisfactory academic performance.

    E. Prior to commencement ceremonies, the student must be registered to complete the remaining hours in a Summer semester.

    F. It must be understood that commencement ceremonies will be ceremonial only. No degree will be conferred upon the student. The degree will be conferred at the time of actual complete of the total number of credit hours required for graduation if all other requirements for graduation have been satisfied.  Such understanding will be shown by signing a statement on the application by the student stating: “I understand that the granting of this application in no way is an indication by the Law School that I have completed or am guaranteed successful completion of the J.D. requirements. Until actual conferral of my degree, I may in no way indicate that I have earned such a degree. This policy is to allow students to participate in a ceremony more timely to their actual completion of Law School, and is nothing more than ceremonial. Also, I understand that I probably will not be permitted to sit for a July Bar examination.”

    G. This policy shall be construed as final and in the best interest of the students, Faculty, and Law School itself. Its only purpose is to serve as an accommodation to students by providing for a more timely commencement ceremony. It in no way intends to abridge any policy exercised by the Administration in granting special exceptions to students in unique circumstances, with such circumstances being defined by the Administration.

     

  •  4.1.10 Concentrations

    Upon graduation, students who have the respective requisites in a particular concentration will receive a “Certificate of Concentration” and an entry on their official transcript. Concentrations are offered only in those fairly narrow and focused areas of law where the law school offers enough courses so that students may acquire at least 11 credit hours worth of depth. Concentrations must be approved by the Law School Council, after consideration by the Curriculum Committee. A student must earn a minimum of a 2.8 cumulative grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration. Below are currently-approved concentrations and their specific requirements: 

     A. Labor and Employment Law.
    Labor and Employment Law Concentration Worksheet
    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Labor and Employment Law. Questions should be directed to Associate Dean Floyd Weatherspoon.

    To receive this certificate, a student must:
     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Minimum grade requirement (See Reverse Side),
     Fulfill your upper-class writing requirement in one of these courses or with a pre-approved independent study (See Associate Dean Weatherspoon), and
     Complete this form and submit it to Professor Weatherspoon for verification prior to graduation. 
      

     Required Courses  Credit Hours 
    _____    810   Labor Law 3
    _____    811   Employment Law or Employment Discrimination   3
    Electives                                    
    _____   800   Administrative Law 3
    _____   815   Civil Rights 3
    _____   817   Employment Law 3
    _____   840   Federal Courts 2
    _____   830   Immigration and Naturalization Law    2        
    _____   813   Labor Arbitration 2
    _____   951   Women and the Law 3
    _____   734   Workers Compensation 3
    _____   912   Mediation Workplace Disputes 2
    Skills Courses (only one of these courses may be used for concentration        
    _____   902   Dispute Resolution 2
    _____   908   Interviewing & Counseling 2
    _____   910   Mediation Practicum   2
    _____   904   Negotiation Practicum 2
    Other (Prior Approval Required)   
    _____   944   Externships 2-3
    _____   982   Independent Research 1-3

     

    _________________________________________________ _________________ _________________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted
    __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________
    Professor’s Name * Professor’s Signature

    *In order to get credit for this concentration you must turn in this form to the Office of Records and Registration.
    Labor and Employment Law Worksheet

    Minimum Grade Requirement: Students Must earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration

    To assist your planning, please note the following information:

    1. The Civil Rights course has Constitutional Law I and II as prerequisites.

    2. A student wishing to do an independent study as a means of satisfying the upper-class writing requirement and the requirement of the Labor and Employment Concentration must have the paper approved by Professor Weatherspoon, even though the paper is being written for a professor in another course. Upper-class writing may only be done under the supervision of a full-time professor.


    Students should be careful not to forego bar courses in pursuit of a concentration.  

     B. Governmental Affairs.
    Governmental Affairs Concentration Worksheet

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Governmental Affairs. Questions should be directed to Professor Brad Smith.

    To receive this certificate, a student must:
     Complete a total of 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Minimum grade requirement (See Reverse Side),
     Fulfill upper-class writing requirement in one of these courses or with a pre-approved independent study (See Professor Smith), and
     Complete and submit this form to Professor Smith for verification prior to graduation 

    Required Courses  Credit Hours 
    _____   800   Administrative Law  3
    _____   802   Legislation 3
    _____   804   Local Government Law 3
    Electives    (Governmental Regulations)                                
    _____   785   Agricultural Law 3
    _____   808   Anti-Trust & Trade Regulation 3
    _____   715   Consumer Law 2
    _____   783   Energy Law 2
    _____   780   Environmental Law 3    
    _____   778   Water Pollution Law and Policy 2
    _____   779   Air Pollution Law and Policy 2
    _____   781   Hazardous Waste Law and Policy 2
    _____   760   Land Use Controls 3
    _____   830   Immigration and Naturalization Law 2
    _____   822   Health Law 3
    _____   806   School Law 3
    _____   853   State and Local Tax 3
    _____   776   Unfair Trade Practices 3
    _____   807   Higher Education Law 3
     Electives (Governmental Structure)     
    _____   815   Civil Rights 3
    _____   833   Election Law 3
    _____   811   Employment Law 3
    _____   817   Employment Discrimination 3
    _____   840   Federal Courts 2
    _____   810   Labor Law 3
    Skills Courses (only one of these courses may be used for concentration)        
    _____   902   Dispute Resolution 2
    _____   908   Interviewing & Counseling 2
    _____   910   Mediation Practicum   2
    _____   938   Environmental Law Practicum 2
    _____  904   Negotiation Practicum     2
    Other (Prior Approval Required)   
    _____   944   Externships 2-3
    _____   982   Independent Research 1-3
     

     _________________________________________________ _________________ _________________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted
    __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________
    Professor’s Name * Professor’s Signature

     
    *In order to get credit for this concentration you must turn in this form to the Office of Records and Registration. 

    GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONCENTRATION WORKSHEET

    Minimum Grade Requirement
    : Students must earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration.

    To assist your planning, please note the following information:

    3. A student wishing to do an independent study as a means of satisfying the upper-class writing requirement and the requirement of the Governmental Affairs Concentration must have the paper approved by Professor Smith, even though the paper is being written for a professor in another course. Upper-class writing may only be done under the supervision of a full-time professor.


    Students should be careful not to forego bar courses in pursuit of a concentration
     

     

    C. Publicly-Held Companies / Small Business Entities.  
    Publicly-Held Companies / Small Business Entities Concentration Worksheets

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Publicly-Held Companies and/or Small Business Entities. Questions should be directed to Associate Dean Regina Burch.

    To receive either of these certificates, a student must:

     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Minimum grade requirement (See Reverse Side), and
     Complete this form and submit it to Professor Burch for verification prior to graduation.

    A student may earn a certificate in both Publicly-Held Companies and Small Business Entities
     
     

     

    Publicly-Held Companies  

    Required Courses   Credit Hours  
    _____   705   Corporate Finance 3
    _____   855   Corporate Taxation 3
    _____   704   Securities Regulation 3
    Electives                                    
    _____   808   Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation 3
    _____   930   Business Planning Practicum  3
    _____   706   Comparative Corporate Law 3
    _____   722   Corporate Acquisitions and Reorganizations 3
    _____   703   Corporate Counsel 3      
    _____   868   Limited Liability Companies 1 or 2
    _____   856   Partnership Tax 3
    _____   981   Seminar:  Corporate Governance 2
    _____   776   Unfair Trade Practices 2

    Small Business Entities 

    Required Courses Credit Hours 
    _____   705   Corporate Finance 3

    _____   856   Partnership Taxation or  _____   865 Subchapter S Corporations and Advanced Pass-Through        Entities or _____   854   Taxation of Business Entities

    2
    Electives   
    _____   930   Business Plannng Practicum 2
    _____  706   Comparative Corporate Law 3
    _____   722   Corporate Acquisitions and Reorganizations 3
    _____   703   Corporate Counsel 3
    _____   868   Limited Liability Companies 1 or 2

     Business Associations II is a co-requisite.
    Which course taken depends on whether the student is seeking the concentration in Publicly-Held Companies, Small Business Entities or both.
    Because Business Planning is only offered in the Spring and requires the student to have taken either Partnership Tax or Corporate Tax and Business Associations I, students should plan carefully for this course.
     

    D. Environmental Law.
    Environmental Law Concentration Worksheet

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Environmental Law. Questions should be directed to Professor Dennis Hirsch.

    To receive this certificate, a student must:

     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Minimum grade requirement (See Reverse Side),
     Fulfill your upper-class writing requirement in one of the required concentration courses or with a paper on an environmental law topic that has been pre-approved by Professor Dennis Hirsch, and
     Complete this form and submit it to Professor Hirsch for verification prior to graduation. 
     

     

     Required Courses                                                                                                                                                Credit Hours 
    _____    780   Environmental Law 3
    Required Electives  (Must take at least two of the following courses)                                  
    _____   779   Air Pollution Law and Policy 2
    _____   781   Hazardous Waste Law and Policy 2
    _____   938   Environmental Law Practicum 2
    Electives   
    _____   800   Administrative Law (recommended)     3        
    _____   760   Land Use Controls     3
    _____   802   Legislation 2
    _____   783   Energy Law 2
    _____   785   Agricultural Law 3
    _____   804   Local Government Law     3
    _____   821   Public Health Law and Policy   2
    Other  (Prior Approval Required)   
    _____   944   Externships 2-3
    _____   982   Indepedent Research 1-3
    _____   991   Environmental Moot Court Team   1-2

     

     

     

      
    _________________________________________________ _________________ _________________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted

    __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________
    Professor’s Name * Professor’s Signature

    *In order to get credit for this concentration you must turn in this form to the Office of Records and Registration.
     

     Environmental Law Concentration Worksheet

    Minimum Grade Requirement: Students must earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration.

    To assist your planning, please note the following information:

    1. Other than Property I and II, there is no pre-requisite for Environmental Law.

    2. A student wishing to write a paper as a means of satisfying the upper-class writing requirement and the requirement of the Environmental Law Concentration must have the topic pre-approved, and the paper itself approved, by Professor Hirsch, even though the paper is being written for a professor in another course. Upper-class writing may only be done under the supervision of a full-time professor.


    Students should be careful not to forego bar courses in pursuit of a concentration.  

     

     E. Dispute Resolution.
    Dispute Resolution Concentration Worksheet

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Dispute Resolution. See Associate Dean Floyd Weatherspoon for further questions or concerns.

    To receive this certificate, a student must:

     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Minimum grade requirement (See Reverse Side), and
     Complete this form and submit to Associate Dean Weatherspoon for verification prior to graduation.

     

     Required Courses Credit Hours (4 credit required)  Credit Hours 
    _____   902   Dispute Resolution 2
    _____   904   Negotiation or   _____   910   Mediation (mark one)                                                            2
    Electives (7 credits required)                                 
    _____   904   Negotiation (mark if not taken as above required) 2
    _____   910   Mediation (mark if not takes as above required) 2
    _____   908   Interviewing and Counseling 2
    _____   813   Labor Arbitration     2   
    _____   940   General Litigation Clinic 3
    _____   941   Mediation Clinic     3
    _____   922   Trial Advocacy 3
    _____   905   General Arbitration 2
    _____   913   Health Care and Dispute Resolution 2
    _____   903   Business Negotiations 2
    _____   911   Divorce Mediation 3
    _____   912   Mediation of Workplace Disputes

    2

    Other Electives (prior approval required for these to qualify, see #2 on reverse)         Fill in Credits

    _____   944   Externships or Writing Requirements may be eligible if in ADR area _____________________:  placement 

     _____  982   Independent Study / ADR Topic

                             __________________:  full time faculty _________________:  topic                

    __________

    __________

     

     

     

     

     

     _________________________________________________ _________________ _________________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted

    __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________ 
    Associate Dean Weatherspoon Name * Associate Dean Weatherspoon Signature
    *In order to get credit for this concentration you must turn in this form to the Office of Records and Registration. 

     Dispute Resolution Concentration Worksheet

    Minimum Grade Requirement: Students must earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration.

    To assist your planning, please note the following information:

    1.   Mediation Clinic has as a prerequisite the Mediation Course.

    2.  Students who wish to apply course credits for externships or independent study at Capital University Law School to the Concentration must have the approval of Associate Dean Weatherspoon.  The faculty has invested in the concentration coordinators the authority to determine concentration relatedness for externships, independent study work and other courses not determined in advance to be so related.  Students who fail to get an advance determination from Associate Dean Weatherspoon that the coursework being pursued in a course in the “other” category on the worksheet risk the possibility of a determination, after the fact, that the coursework is not deemed sufficiently related to the Concentration to count the credits from that course towards the Concentration. 


    Students should be careful not to forego bar courses in pursuit of a concentration.  

     

    F. Children and Family Law.
    Children & Family Law Concentration Worksheet
    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Children & Family Law. Questions should be directed to Professor Angela Upchurch.

    To receive this certificate, a student must:
     Complete at least 11 qualifying course credit hours (see requirements below and on the back of this sheet),
     Earn a minimum of a 2.8 G.P.A. in the courses taken to satisfy the Concentration, and,
     Submit this form to the Registrar’s office once the student has enrolled in courses sufficient to satisfy the Concentration requirements

     

    Required Course  Credit Hours 
    _____   755   Family Law 3
    Core Electives (Must take at least of the following courses)                                                    
    _____   825   Adoption Law 2
    _____   756   Children, Families & The State 3
    _____   911   Divorce Mediation 2
    _____   851   Family Law and Tax Law 2
    _____   942   Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic 2   
    _____   823   Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Law 2
    _____   795   Juvenile Law 2
    _____   826   Sexual Orientation and the Law 2
    _____   922   Trial Advocacy (Child/Family Section Only) (See note #1 on back) 2
    _____   940   General Litigation Clinic (See note #2 on back) 2
    Other Qualifying Electives  2
    _____   800   Administrative Law 3
    _____   802   Legislation 3
    _____   797   Selected Issues:  Biotechnology and Reproduction Law 2
    _____   806   School Law  2
    _____   951   Women and the Law 3
    Qualifying Trust & Estate Courses (Only one mnay be used to meet concentration requirements)     
    _____   752   Estates and Trusts 4
    _____   750   Decedents' Estates 2
    _____   751   Trusts and Future Interests 2
    _____   850   Estate and Gift Taxation 3
    Qualifying Skills Courses (Only one may be used to meet concentration requirements)   
    _____   911   Mediation Skills Practicum (See note #3 on back) 2
    _____   908   Interviewing and Counseling (or I, C & N) 2 (or 3)
    _____   902   Dispute Resolution 2
    _____   904   Negotiation 2
    _____   922   Trial Advocacy (See note #1 on back) 2
    Other (Prior approval of the concentration coordinator required for these to qualify)   
    (See note #4 on back)   
    _____   944   Externships 2-3
    _____   982   Independent Study (See note #5 on back) 103
    _____   OSU  Courses (See note #6 on back)  2-3
    _____   980/981    Seminar in related subject area 2

     

     _________________________________________________ ___________________ __ _____________________
    Student Name Graduation Date Date Submitted

    ____________________________________________
    Signature of Concentration Coordinator* (Note: This signature is ONLY required when a student seeks to use credits from the “Other” category for the Concentration – see note #4 on back.)
    *In order to get credit for this concentration you must turn in this form to the Office of Records and Registration.
     

    Children & Family Law Concentration Worksheet

    Note #1: Use of Trial Advocacy Towards the Concentration
    From time to time, a section of trial advocacy will be offered which focuses on and utilizes course materials regarding child and/or family law. Students enrolled in such a section of Trial Advocacy may use the class as one of the two required “core electives.” Otherwise, the course may only as a “qualifying skills course” towards the Concentration. Students may check with those teaching the section to determine whether the problems used in the Trial Advocacy class will have a specialized focus on child and/or family law issues.

    Note #2: Use of General Litigation Clinic Towards the Concentration
    Any student enrolled in General Litigation Clinic who intends to use Clinic course credits towards this Concentration must, at the beginning of the semester, notify his or her clinic supervisor so that the student can be primarily assign child and family related cases.

    Note #3: Use of Mediation Courses Towards the Concentration
    Students who take Divorce Mediation may not also use credits associated with the Mediation Skills Practicum towards the Concentration. Students who take Divorce Mediation may still use any one of the other skills courses towards the Concentration.

    Note #4: Use of “Other” Courses Towards the Concentration
    Students who wish to apply course credits for externships, independent study papers or projects, courses at OSU, or seminars at CAPITAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL to the Concentration must have the approval of Professor Upchurch. The faculty has invested in the concentration coordinators the authority to determine concentration relatedness for externships, independent study work and other courses not determined in advance to be so related. Students who fail to get an advance determination from Professor Upchurch that the coursework being pursued in a course in the “other” category on the worksheet risk the possibility of a determination, after the fact, that the coursework is not deemed sufficiently related to the Concentration to count the credits from that course towards the Concentration.

    Note #5: Use of Independent Study Work Towards the Concentration
    Students wishing to utilize Independent Study credits towards the Concentration must have the paper topic approved by Professor Upchurch even though the independent study work is being performed under the supervision of another professor. This is the case whether or not the independent study work is being done to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. Students are reminded that only full-time faculty may supervise papers prepared to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

    Note #6: Use of OSU Classes Towards the Concentration
    No student may take a class at OSU for credit at CAPITAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL without the prior approval of the Associate Dean. Even with the Associate Dean’s approval to take an OSU course, the course will only qualify towards the Child and Family Law Concentration with the additional prior approval of Professor Upchurch.

    Students should be careful not to forego bar courses in pursuit of a concentration. 

    G. Civil Litigation Concentration 
    Civil Litigation Concentration Worksheet

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Civil Litigation. Questions should be directed to Professor Risa Lazaroff.

    To receive the certificate, a student must:

     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses.
     Earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration.
     Fulfill the upper-class writing requirement in Appellate Advocacy.
     Complete this form and submit it to Professor Lazaroff for verification prior to graduation. 

     

    Required Courses Credit Hours   Credit Hours 
    _____   924   Appellate Advocacy Practicum 2
    _____   633   Legal Drafting:  Civil Litigation 2
    Electives                                 
    _____   840   Federal Courts 2
    _____   842   Conflicts of Laws 3
    _____   844   Remedies 2
    _____   845   Constitutional Litigation 3
    _____   846   Complex Lititgation 3   
    _____   847   Ohio Civil Rules Practice 2
    _____   902   Dispute Resolution     2
    _____   980   Research Seminar (Supreme Court) 2
    _____   982   Independent Research Project (with prior approval)                                                  2
    Skills Courses   
    _____   900   Electronic Legal Research 1
    _____   922   Trial Advocacy Practicum 3
    _____   923   Advanced Trial Advocacy Practicum 3
    _____   926   General Practice Practicum 3
    _____   944   Externship (with agency practicing civil law) 2-3
    _____   940   General Litigation Clinic 2-3
    _____   990   Moot Court (any team) 2
    _____   996   Mock Trial Team 1


     
     _________________________________________________ _________________ ___________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted

    ____________________________________________ ________________________________________
    Professor’s Name * Professor’s Signature
    *In order to get credit for this concentration, you must turn in this form to the Records and Registration Office.

     

     H. Criminal Litigation Concentration  
    Criminal Litigation Concentration Worksheet
    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Criminal Litigation. Questions should be directed to Professor Scott Anderson.

    To receive the certificate, a student must:
     Complete a total of 11 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,
     Earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration,
     Fulfill the upper-class writing requirement in one of these courses or with a preapproved independent study, and
     Complete this form and submit it to Professor Anderson for verification prior to graduation.
      

     

    Required Courses Credit Hours    Credit Hours  
    _____   790   Criminal Procedure 3
    _____   633   Legal Drafting:  Civil Litigation 2
    Electives                                  
    _____   791   Advanced Criminal Procedure 3
    _____   796   Problems of Ciminal Justice 2
    _____   980   SEM:  Death Penalty 2
    _____   980   SEM:  Criminal Responsibility 2
    _____   980   SEM:  Crimmigration 2  
    _____   980   SEM:   White Collar Crime 2
    _____   980   SEM:  International Criminal Law 2
    _____   982   Independent Research Project (with prior approval)                                                  2
    Skills Courses    
    _____   841   Forensic Evidence 3
    _____   922   Trial Advocacy Practicum 3
    _____   923   Advanced Trial Advocacy Practicum 3
    _____   944   Externship (with agency practicing criminal law) 2-3
    _____   940   General Litigation Clinic 2-3
    _____   990   Moot Court (International Criminal Law) 2
    _____   996   Mock Trial Team 1

     


     _________________________________________________ _________________ ___________________
    Student Name Grad Date Date Submitted

    ____________________________________________ ________________________________________
    Professor’s Name * Professor’s Signature
    *In order to get credit for this concentration, you must turn in this form to the Records and Registration Office.
     

     

    I.    Energy Law and Policy Concentration 

    This form is provided to assist you in planning and selecting courses if you are interested in pursuing a concentration in Energy Law and Policy. Questions should be directed to Professor Fenner Stewart.  

    To receive the certificate, a student must:  

    • Complete a total of 9 credit hours from the courses listed below, including the required courses,   
    • Earn a minimum of a 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration,  
    • Fulfill the upper-class writing requirement in one of these courses or with a preapproved independent study, and  
    • Complete this form and submit it to Professor Stewart for verification prior to graduation.  

     

    Required Courses (Choose one of the following)                                                                                                    Credit Hours 

      

    ____  783    Energy Law        

    ____  784    Oil and Gas Law                 

    2   

    2   

         

    Electives   

      

    _____760    Land Use Controls  

    _____778    Water Pollution Law and Policy    

    _____779    Air Pollution Law and Policy  

    _____780    Environmental Law  

    _____781    Hazardous Waste Law and Policy  

    _____800    Administrative Law  

    _____938    Environmental Law Practicum  

    _____980    Research Seminar (in a subject related to energy law)  

    _____982    Independent Research Project (on energy law & with prior approval)  

    3  

    2  

    2  

    3  

    2  

    3  

    2  

    2  

    2  

    Required Skills Courses (Choose one of the following)                                                

      

    _____ 902   Dispute Resolution  

    _____ 903   Business Negotiation  

    _____ 904   Negotiation  

    _____ 922   Trial Advocacy Practicum  

    _____ 944   Externship (closely related to energy sector)  

        

    NOTE: Other courses may be used to fulfill the Required Skills Course option (like law review, or a perspective course in which a student has selected an essay with a research topic germane to the concentration). Approval of such course will be deemed acceptable, or not, at the discretion of the concentration supervisor  

    2  

    2  

    2  

    2  

    2-3  

        

      

     

    ____________________________________________           ________________     ___________________ 

    Student Name                                                                              Grad Date                Date Submitted 

       

    _________________________________________                 _________________________________ 

    Professor’s Name *                                                                                        Professor’s Signature 

    *In order to get credit for this concentration, you must turn in this form to the Records and Registration Office.