Interdisciplinary courses intended to meet J.D. academic and residency requirements must have been approved in advance of registration by Dean Rothman. Permission is based on the following criteria: (1) the course must be reasonably related to the law, (2) the course may not duplicate a course offered in the law school curriculum, or be one that the student has taken prior to entering law school, and (3) the course cannot be a core-type course. Students working simultaneously toward two degrees, such as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, must make sure that they are carrying sufficient credits for J.D. residency requirement purposes.
Courses taken prior to enrollment at the law school can never be considered towards J.D. requirements. No law student may take a course at another school, even a course not for credit, toward a J.D. without prior approval from Dean Rothman. Outside courses are subject to the school’s maximum credit limit (16 for full-time students, 12 for part-time students).
Note that while up to six credits of interdisciplinary credits (or more in a joint degree program) may be applied toward the J.D. degree, these credits are not law courses, and therefore will not be applied toward the 60 credits that must be earned in non-clinical, in-class, law courses required for graduation.