Academic Information

General Seminar Information

  • A student who fails either to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the registrar, will be automatically dropped from the seminar. Students who "wait list" for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

  • Seminars are offered in both the problem/simulation and the research and writing modes. Seminars provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member in a small-group format, and to polish legal research and writing skills.

  • Seminars are limited in enrollment. Preference is generally given to third year students. Seminars usually meet once per week in a two-hour session.

  • Except for third-year law students in their final semester, the normal deadline for the completion of seminar papers is fourteen days after the last day of final exams unless the instructor has prescribed an earlier deadline. Except for third-year law students in their final semester, an instructor may set a submission date for Fall semester papers as late as February 1st of the following semester and for Spring semester papers, as late as the 21st day after the examination period. Third-year students in their final semester must submit papers no later than the last day of the exam period. Instructors may establish earlier submission dates. Exceptions for failure to meet an instructor's established deadline for illness or any other compelling reasons may not be granted by individual faculty members. Such exceptions must be sought from the Academic Standards Committee pursuant to the same requirements of the Academic Regulations that apply to absence from regularly scheduled examinations.

  • Third year students enrolled in second-semester seminars are cautioned that seminar requirements and the Upper-class Writing Requirement must be fulfilled by a date which allows the seminar instructor sufficient time to make a final evaluation of student papers prior to the deadline for certifying students for graduation.

Seminars and the Writing Requirement

Almost all seminars (and some courses) provide opportunities for fulfilling the writing requirement. Students should be aware of the following considerations:

  • Not all students in a given seminar may be able to satisfy the writing requirement through that seminar. Advance approval of the instructor in writing is required for a student to undertake a paper of the type required by the upper-class writing requirement. In some seminars students will not be able to complete the writing requirement. This will be usually be noted in the seminar description.

  • In seminars taught by an adjunct, additional approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may be required.

  • In seminars requiring papers, those who are submitting papers for the writing requirement may be required to write longer papers and to revise them more often. The paper may be turned in for a grade before it is ready to satisfy the writing requirement. With the permission of the instructor, the student may continue to work on the paper the following semester for purposes of the writing requirement. (This does not apply to third-year students in their final semester.)

  • In seminars requiring multiple shorter papers, the student, with the instructor’s permission may write a long paper satisfying the writing requirement. This paper may be written in addition to the shorter papers or in place of the shorter papers at the professor’s discretion.

  • In seminars requiring multiple shorter papers, the professor may agree to supervise a longer paper independent of the seminar and to give additional credit for Supervised Research and Writing.
  • Note that a student may not take written work done for one professor and use it as the basis for satisfying the Writing Requirement with another professor without the advance permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.