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Courses in Other Divisions of the University; Dual Degrees

With the permission of the Dean, a student other than a dual-degree candidate may normally apply toward the requirements for the JD degree [see Rule 2-1] courses of suitable academic rigor totaling not more than three credits offered in other divisions of the University. [See Rule 3-1(3) with respect to grading of such a course.] For purposes of interpretation of the phrase "suitable academic rigor," only courses above the 500 level (graduate/professional school) may be applied as credit toward the JD or JD-LLM degree. With the approval of the appropriate dean or faculty director, law students may enroll in a 400-level or lower course (undergraduate course) as a course overload, but the course will not count toward any graduation requirement. JD and JD-LLM students must be enrolled in the minimum course load of 12 credits as a prerequisite to enrolling courses numbered 400-level or lower. Selected graduate-level courses are offered concurrently with their undergraduate-level counterparts. Law students enrolled in these courses must complete the requirements and meet the rigor delineated on the graduate-level syllabi, which must be distinct from—and more rigorous than—the requirements for undergraduate credit. In 500-level or higher courses, the student must earn a grade of “C” or higher for credit to be applied toward the JD or JD-LLM. The grade earned in a non-Law course will show on the student’s transcript but will not be calculated into their Law GPA. Students may petition the Administrative Committee for permission to apply not more than an additional three credits toward the JD requirements under this rule. Such application must be accompanied by supporting documentation demonstrating that the entire group of courses taken in other divisions contributes substantially to the student's legal education.

Courses in Other Law Schools

Courses in Other Law Schools: With the permission of the Dean and subject to Rule 2-1, a student may take for credit regular and summer school courses offered by any other law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. For courses taken at schools other than the University of North Carolina School of Law (UNC) or the North Carolina Central University Law School (NCCU), a student may apply no more than six credit hours earned under this Rule toward the JD For courses taken at UNC or NCCU, the total credits applicable to the JD are not limited, but a student may take and apply to the JD no more than two courses at either institution per semester. This Rule does not limit the number of credit hours a student may take and apply to a JD degree for courses taken pursuant to a Duke-approved semester abroad (see Rule 3-26) or visits at other law schools (see Rule 3-23.1). [See Rule 3-1(3) for grading of non-Duke courses.]

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