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​Independent Study permits a student to pursue an area of interest in-depth under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The student must produce a research paper of publishable quality on a topic not substantially covered by a currently-offered course. Independent Study fulfills the JD advanced writing requirement. A student may enroll for a maximum of two independent studies during law school.

To register for Independent Study, a JD student must have completed 28 credit hours and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The student must make supervisory arrangements with a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Application forms for Independent Study are available on the College of Law website. Completed forms should be turned in to the Office of Student Affairs.