Independent Study, Supervised Research, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant
Students may earn credit for work completed under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Such work typically involves an expository research paper, creation of a brief, or, on occasion, faculty research assistance or teaching assistance. Student projects may also be based upon work a student has done in an employment setting during the summer or school year. However, such projects may not consist solely of work done directly as a part of that employment, but rather must include additional academic work based upon reflection on issues raised in the course of employment.
Students wishing to undertake work as a student project should complete a student project form, linked here and available at the Registrar’s Office. This form, when completed by the student and signed by the faculty member, should be returned to the Registrar’s Office. Please note that student projects supervised by an adjunct faculty member will require the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.
Independent Research Seminars
The purpose of these seminars, typically student initiated, is to permit an interested group of highly motivated second-and third-year students to pursue a subject in greater depth than might otherwise be possible in the regular course curriculum, without too great a diversion of faculty time from competing curricular demands. Thus, the students bear the primary responsibility for defining the subject, preparing the syllabus and reading list, conducting research and discussion meetings and completing and criticizing any written work. Each such seminar must be conducted subject to the ultimate supervision of a member of the law faculty, whose consent will have to be secured by the student participants. The responsibilities of the faculty supervisor are to assist in preparing the seminar syllabus and reading list, to assure that the goals and conduct of the seminar are of substantial educational value, and to evaluate student performance for the record. No such independent seminar may be taken for credit unless a faculty supervisor is found and his/her approval secured for the seminar syllabus.