Duquesne University School of Law

Credit Limitations

(The following was adapted from the Academic Bulletin)

Credit Limitations for Upper-Division Students

Year of Study

Second-Year Day
Third-Year Day
Second-Year Evening
Third-Year Evening
Fourth-Year Evening
Second-Year Part-Time Day
Third-Year Part-Time Day
Fourth-Year Part-Time Day

 

Semester Credit Minimum   

10 credits
10 credits
8 credits
8 credits
8 credits
8 credits
8 credits
8 credits

 

Semester Credit Maximum      

18 credits
18 credits
13 credits
13 credits
13 credits
13 credits
13 credits
13 credits

The credit limitations described above include any courses involving joint degree programs whether taken inside or outside of the School of Law. These credit limitations will be strictly enforced, without exception. 

Credit Limitation for Summer Session

Although a student may register for an unlimited number of Summer Session courses, no student may use more than a total of seven (7) Summer Session credit hours to fulfill his/her graduation credit requirement. This credit limitation is applicable to any Summer Session offering in which credits may be earned. Summer Session offerings are subject to the auditing policy described in the Academic Bulletin. In addition, any student receiving permission to audit a Summer Session course is subject to the normal tuition, fee charges and attendance requirements. Summer School credits are not permitted to accelerate a student's graduation date [three academic years for a full-time student and four academic years for a Part-Time Day or Evening student], reduce annual tuition, or reduce semester residency requirements.

Credit Limitation for Non-Classroom Courses and Activities

Although a student may register for an unlimited number of non-classroom courses and activities, i.e., Law Review and other journals, Moot Court Competitions, Directed Research, Joint Degree courses, and Clinical Programs, no student may utilize more than a total of eighteen such credits to fulfill the graduation credit requirement.  Effective with the entering class of 2015, no more than six (6) of the eighteen (18) credits may be earned from service on a law school publication.  Effective with the Fall 2016 entering class, no more than ten (10) of the eighteen (18) credits may be earned from participation in Appellate and Trial Moot Court competitions.  Supervising faculty must approve all credits for competition participation.  If a student's effort in support of a competition team is commensurate with the effort of individual team members, a supervising faculty member may award the student one (1) credit if the student devotes a minimum of forty-five (45) hours to support a competition team, or two (2) credits if the student devotes a minimum of ninety (90) hours to support a team.

Clinical Course Limitations

Registration for clinical and externship courses is conducted during the School of Law's registration period.

The following are important School of Law requirements that apply to clinical programs:

  1. Students may not participate in more than one Clinical Program (in-house clinic, specialized externship program or general externship) at a time, except as approved by the Academic Status Committee at the recommendation of the Director of Clinical Legal Education, but may participate in more than one Clinical Program throughout their legal education.
  2. Students who are on probationary status due to a failure to achieve a grade point average of 2.00 after their first year of study may not register for any Clinical Program in their second year.
  3. Clinics are filled on a "first-come, first-served basis"; however, students who will be third-year day or fourth-year evening students are given preference in enrollment in Clinical Programs.
  4. Students seeking externships with qualified placements must first consult with the Clinical Legal Education Department.  No general externship will be approved for credit unless the externship site and the individual student's placement are approved by the Clinical Legal Education Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the student beginning work at the placement.  No exceptions will be permitted.
  5. Students enrolled in in-house clinics and specialized externship programs must complete 140 hours by the end of each semester.  Students enrolled in yearlong in-house clinics or specialized externship programs may not start the spring semester with a deficit in hours completed.