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Policies and Procedures

Below is a list of all the topics on which you can find information on policies and procedures. The Policies and Procedures page is in the process of being updated. For questions about information not contained below, contact the Dean of Students Office at lawdos@umn.edu.

Independent Research & Independent Field Placement

See Academic Rule 10.5

Under Academic Rule 10.5, JD students who have completed their first year of law school may earn a limited number of credits for unpaid independent study. Generally, “independent study” includes exercises that permit or require student participation in law-related writing, research, or other activities away from or outside the Law School, or in a format that does not involve attendance at regularly scheduled class sessions. The total number of independent study credits a student may earn is limited by Academic Rule 3.1. Independent study may include legal research and writing projects, or field placement projects in a legal setting. While similar to externships, field placements are set up on an ad hoc basis, usually with a faculty member who has some experience or expertise in the field placement practice area.  Detailed instructions on completing the form and the requirements for earning credit can be found here.

In order to register for an Independent Research or Independent Field Placement project, the student and advising faculty member must complete the appropriate form at w: Current Students/ Forms. If a student seeks to satisfy the Third Year Writing Requirement through Independent Research (pursuant to Academic Rule 5.4), this intent should be clearly noted on the Independent Research registration form. Students are charged tuition for Independent Research and Independent Field Placement credit in the same manner as other course credits. Students are limited to two credits of Independent Research per semester and three credits per semester for Independent Field Placement if stipulations in Rule 10.5(a) and (b) are met.