If approved, second- or third-year JD students may take up to twelve (12) credits and LLM's may take up to six (6) credits outside of the Law School and apply these credits to their degrees. For JD students, a maximum of six out of these twelve may be taken at another ABA approved law school. Generally, credit for non-law courses at the University of Michigan will only be approved if at the graduate level (with an exception for foreign language courses). 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 flag. 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 elective "Pass/Fail" period. If the credit is needed earlier, contact the Law School's Office of Student Records.
(Applies to J.D. students only.) In order to receive Law School credit for an approved non-law course, students must receive a grade of a B- (minus) or higher (or the equivalent). Grades less than that receive no law credit and the grade earned is posted on the transcript. The default grade for a non-law course on the transcript is the grade posted by the non-law department. Students who would like to "Pass/Fail" a non-law class must request to do so in the External Enrollment system by the Law School's "Pass/Fail" deadline. That deadline will be posted on this page and in MLawLive messages after all Law School grades have been posted for a term. Once the "Pass/Fail" deadline has passed, no changes to the grading basis can be made. Electing to change an eligible non-law course grade to "S" does not count against a J.D. student's allotted two Letter Grade Conversion to "P" elections in law courses.
Law School students can officially audit non-law classes. The grade that appears on the unofficial transcript for a successful non-law course audit is "VI" (for "visit"). Students who wish to take a non-law course with the "AUD" grading option must receive permission from the professor and forward documentation of that to email@example.com. Submit an External Enrollment request for the class in the External Enrollment system, checking the boxes which indicate that you are auditing and not seeking Law School credit. Enrolling in audit credits beyond the term credit limit (15) is subject to approval by the Office of Student Life in accordance with ABA standards (if approved, this will be noted in the External Enrollment system). Deadline for electing to audit a non-law class in W21: Monday, February 8, 2021.
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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