Transfer of Credit Earned Outside of SLU LAW

A. Courses Within Saint Louis University

Students who have completed all first year core curriculum courses may, with prior written permission from the Dean of Students, earn a maximum of six semester hours of graduate courses offered in other University departments or programs toward the 91 semester hours required for graduation. Courses taken outside the School of Law will not be calculated in the student's law school cumulative grade point average. Generally, a course will be approved under the following conditions: it is a graduate level course (500 or above), it is compatible with the student's intended area of study, and the basic subject matter is not offered in a law school course.

B. Courses Taken Prior to Matriculation

No credit will be awarded toward the J.D. or LL.M. degrees for courses taken prior to matriculation at the School of Law, except for transfer students or students with legal degrees from foreign law schools or their equivalent.

C. Courses Taken at Other Law Schools

To earn a J.D. from the School of Law, students must complete a minimum of 61 semester hours in residence at the School of Law. Permission to apply credit for courses taken at other law schools will be considered as follows:

1. Domestic Summer Sessions

The School of Law will consider accepting credit from summer session courses taken at other law schools in the United States provided: 1) written permission of the Dean of Students is obtained prior to registration; 2) the law school is accredited by the ABA; 3) the course is not one required for graduation (i.e., any first year core curriculum course, Legal Profession, Humanities, qualifying seminar, or qualifying professional skills course); 4) the course does not duplicate or substantially cover material in a course the student has already taken; 5) the majority of the grade is based on a final written examination; and 6) the student receives a passing grade of C or higher or its numerical equivalent. Pass/fail, credit/no-credit course work will not be accepted in transfer.

Students who wish to enroll in summer courses at another law school must submit to the Dean of Students a written request which includes the name of the school, a description of the courses, and the total credit hours the student wishes to enroll. Students intending to apply the courses toward completion of a concentration must obtain permission to apply such courses from the faculty advisor for that concentration.

2. Domestic Fall and Spring Semesters (Enrollment in individual courses taken at another law school)

The School of Law will consider accepting credit for courses completed in the fall or spring semesters at other law schools provided: 1) written permission of the Dean of Students is obtained prior to registration; 2) the law school is accredited by the ABA; 3) the course is not required for graduation (i.e., any first year core curriculum course, Legal Profession, Humanities, qualifying seminar, or qualifying professional skills course); 4) the course, or the basic subject matter, is not offered at the School of Law during the same semester; 5) the course does not duplicate or substantially cover material in a course the student has already taken; 6) the student’s academic status and cumulative grade point average standing would permit the student to enroll in the course if it were offered in the School of Law; and 7) the student receives a passing grade of C or higher or its numerical equivalent, or a pass in the case of pass/fail courses.

Students who wish to enroll in a course at another law school during the fall or spring semester must submit to the Dean of Students a written request which includes the name of the school, a description of the courses, and the total credit hours the student wishes to enroll. Students intending to apply the courses toward completion of a concentration must obtain permission to apply such courses from the faculty advisor for that concentration.

3. Summer Study Abroad

The School of Law will consider accepting credit for courses taken in summer study abroad programs provided: 1) the Dean of Students has approved a study abroad proposal; 2) the sponsoring school is accredited by the ABA; 3) the summer program is accredited by the ABA; 4) the course does not duplicate or substantially cover material in a course the student has already taken; 5) the majority of the grade is based on a final written examination; 6) and the student receives a passing grade of C or higher or its numerical equivalent. Pass/fail, credit/no-credit course work will not be accepted in transfer.

To enroll in a summer study abroad program, students must be in good academic standing at the time of the application and must have completed their first year core curriculum courses. Students intending to apply the courses toward completion of a concentration must obtain permission to apply such courses from the faculty advisor for that concentration.

4. Visiting Away Status

Students enrolled for a semester at another law school are placed on Visiting Away status. Visiting Away status is limited to no more than 30 credit hours, and is granted on a semester basis only. Visiting Away status is granted for students only in extraordinary circumstances that the student was unable to plan for in advance. Extraordinary circumstances may include, emergency medical conditions of the student or student’s family member, unexpected educational or employment opportunities or job transfers of a spouse, or in the case of a part-time student, an employment opportunity or job transfer affecting the student. The desire to be in a different geographic location for actual or anticipated future employment opportunities, or lower tuition and/or living expenses is not recognized as an extraordinary circumstance. However, an upcoming marriage may serve as the basis for Visiting Away status, provided the student is legally married prior to the first day of classes at the School of Law for the semester that the student is requesting to visit away.

Requests are to be submitted to the Dean of Students in writing and must include an explanation of the extraordinary circumstances, name of the school, and a description of the courses and the total credit hours a student wishes to enroll. The law school must be accredited by the ABA and the student's academic status and cumulative grade point average would permit the student to enroll in the courses if offered in the School of Law. Credit for the courses will transfer only if the student receives a passing grade of C or higher or its numerical equivalent, or a pass in the case of pass/fail courses. Written permission must be obtained prior to registration. Students intending to apply a course toward completion of a concentration must obtain permission to apply such courses from the faculty advisor for that concentration.

5. Students transferring into the School of Law as Advanced Standing Students

The School of Law will consider accepting a maximum of 30 hours of credit toward the J.D. for courses taken at other law schools for students seeking to transfer into the School of Law. The other law school must be accredited or provisionally accredited by the ABA and the grade received in all such courses must be a C or higher or its equivalent.

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