​Required Courses and Requirements to Visit Another Law School

Other than a summer study abroad visit at another law school, which is discouraged, a student will be permitted to receive credit for courses taken at another law school only if the student faces an unforeseen change of circumstances of an emergency nature that makes the student’s continued presence at DePaul an exceptional hardship. Such circumstances may include but are not limited to death or extreme illness in the student’s immediate family, which necessitates a move to another city in order to alleviate severe financial, medical or other such stress. A student must document his or her claim of extraordinary hardship to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. NOTE: Financial concerns or the need to accompany or join a spouse, without other significant factors, will not constitute an exceptional hardship; neither will a desire to work or study in another location constitute such a hardship.

In addition to demonstrating extraordinary hardship, a student who wishes to take courses at another law school must submit to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs an academic release form requesting that a letter of good standing be sent to the other law school, copies of the course descriptions of the courses the student proposes to take and a copy of the other law school’s grading system. The form requesting a letter of good standing may be obtained from the Law School web site, www.law.depaul.edu. A $25 fee is charged for each letter of good standing. Credit for courses taken at another school will only be awarded if the school is American Bar Association accredited and permission has been granted before the student registers for the courses.

All required courses must be taken at DePaul. Students may not visit another law school in the semester before they graduate. A DePaul student who is permitted to visit at another law school must be enrolled full-time at the other law school and may not take any DePaul courses during the visit.

If a student wishes to receive DePaul loans to cover the tuition costs at the other law school, he or she must see an adviser in the Financial Aid Office. Scholarships will be canceled if the student is not enrolled at DePaul.

Once the student completes the course work at the other law school, the student must arrange to have an official transcript with final grades sent directly from the other law school to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Credit will only be given for courses in which the student received a grade of C or higher. Grades from courses at other law schools will not be computed in the student's DePaul GPA, except for determining honors when the student graduates. A student may not take a course at another law school on a pass/fail basis.

Courses taken at another university or college that are not part of a regularly accredited law school curriculum will not be applied toward a law degree.

Study Abroad Programs Other Than DePaul Programs

Enrolling in a summer abroad program offered by a school other than DePaul is strongly discouraged. A student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 to attend a summer abroad program sponsored by another law school.

If a student wishes to attend a program sponsored by another law school, Associate Dean Greenberger must approve the request. The student must submit a cover letter to the Associate Dean requesting permission to study abroad, together with copies of the course descriptions of the courses the student proposes to take and the number of credits each course is worth. The cover letter must explain why the student’s goals cannot be attained by studying in one of the DePaul programs. Differences in curricula or locales between the programs offered by DePaul and those of other schools will not, without more, justify participation in another school’s program.

If Dean Greenberger approves the request, the student must request a letter of good standing from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs from the College of Law web site. The student will pay a nonrefundable $25 fee for each letter of good standing.

If a student’s application for summer abroad at another institution is approved, the Financial Aid Office may be contacted to arrange a consortium agreement between DePaul and the other law school. Once a consortium agreement is entered into, loan funds granted by DePaul may be used to pay tuition charges for the summer abroad program.

After a student completes the program, he or she must order an official transcript from the other American law school (not the foreign school) and have it sent directly to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean will forward the transcript to the University Student Records Office so that the credits will be entered on the student’s transcript.

A maximum of seven credits may be earned during a summer program sponsored by another law school. Credits will only be awarded if the program is approved by the American Bar Association. Grades earned in another law school’s summer abroad program do not count toward a student’s DePaul GPA and do not satisfy Certificate requirements.