If approved, LLM's may take up to six (6) credits and second- or third-year JD students may take up to twelve (12) credits outside of the Law School and apply these credits to their degrees. In general, only graduate-level non-law courses at the University of Michigan are approved (with exception for foreign language courses). For JD students, a maximum of six out of these twelve may be taken at another ABA approved law school. All students must obtain approval from the Office of Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) PRIOR to enrolling in the class. Grades earned in these classes are not factored into Law School students’ GPAs and they do not count toward graded units for honors eligibility.
A default grading basis of NDC (Not for Degree Credit) is automatically assigned for non-law classes. The NDC will remain on the transcript until the Law School reviews the final grade and removes the NDC indicator. In order to receive Law School credit, all grades must be the equivalent of a B- (minus) or better. Removing the NDC is a manual process that typically takes place after the Law School’s grading period. If the credit is needed earlier, contact the Law School’s Office of Student Records.
In order to receive Law School credit for an approved non-law course, students must receive a B- (minus) or higher grade. Grades less than that receive no law credit and the letter grade earned is posted on the transcript. The default grade for a non-law course is the letter grade earned. Law students may elect to have an "S" (mandatory pass) grade posted on their transcript for a non-law course by requesting this in advance in the Law School’s Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall). Requests must be completed in person before the beginning of the exam period for the department, school, or college offering the course.
To take a course outside The University of Michigan, students must complete and submit a Request for Approval of Course Taken at Another University Form in the External Enrollment system. The Office of Student Life will review the form and render its decision by email. The Office's approval is required to apply law degree credit.
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