Required Courses and Requirements to Visit Another Law
A student may take cross-listed courses at other law schools
that have a cross-listing agreement with DePaul College of Law. Students who
take such courses shall continue to be registered at, and pay tuition to, the
DePaul College of Law. The course instructor shall send the student’s final
grade to the College of Law.
Except for the cross-listed courses reference above, or an
approved summer study abroad visit at another law school, which is strongly
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 to alleviate severe financial,
medical or other stress. A student must document his or her claim of
extraordinary hardship to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The student must have at least a 3.00
DePaul GPA. 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
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 website, 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 if 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
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. With the
exception of cross-listed courses with other law schools, transfer 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 and only
if the student earned at least 12 credits at the other school. 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.
Abroad Programs Other Than DePaul Programs
Enrolling in a semester or summer abroad program offered by
a school other than DePaul is strongly discouraged. A student must have a
minimum GPA of 3.00 to attend a summer abroad program sponsored by another law
If a student wishes to attend a program sponsored by another
law school, Associate Dean Brian Havel must approve the request. The student
must submit a cover letter to Associate Dean Havel 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 Associate Dean Havel approves the request, the student
must request a letter of good standing from the Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs through the College of Law website. 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, which will
post the credits to the student’s transcript. The transcript will not list
grades. Instead, all courses will be listed as “T” or transfer.
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.