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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Posted 3:44 PM by Joshua Claybourn
Law Reviews
Below is a letter sent by 1L Phil Greg to all of the LARC faculty. I post it here at Phil's request because it may be useful to you. My only contention with the analysis below is that there are many 2 credit courses available that don't seem to be taken into account. Perhaps I'm just reading it wrong though; you can decide for yourself.


It is my understanding after attending the informational meetings and open houses [of law reviews] that there may be an unforeseen problem for a large amount of next year's candidates. We were informed that due to the introduction of LARC III / Moot Court the note submission deadline [for law review notes] has been moved well into second semester. While this is greatly appreciated by those of us that plan to take the moot court option it also will prevent many of us from being able to apply to the legal clinics or being certified as interns by the Indiana Supreme Court in the following spring semester.

Current first year law students are scheduled 31 credit hours by the school. There is a 45 credit hour requirement by the Court to become certified. This should require a 14 hour commitment in the fall to accomplish this requirement. Currently all of the fall law review semesters are 2 graded credit hours based primarily on the note grade. By moving the due date of the note to the second semester there will not be anything to base the grade on. I was told that we would receive an incomplete for the class until the notes are graded after spring break. If this is done it will leave those students who are not able to take summer school short of the credits required to apply for certification. Otherwise a student would need to take 16 credit hours including the fall law review (and most likely LARC III / moot court) to be eligible for this.

A student should not have to take such a heavy load to achieve these common goals (16 hours, Law Review, LARC III / Moot Court). I have a possible solution that should solve this problem. By switching the semester credit distribution a student would receive 1 credit pass fail in the fall and two credit graded in the spring when the note is due. By receiving the 1 credit P/F in the fall students would only have to take 14 hours in the fall (1 credit P/F for Law Review) to equal the 45 credit hour total.

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