Independent Study

  1. A student may take one Independent Study course per semester.
  2. An Independent Study course may be for one, two or three credits.
  3. An Independent Study course does not satisfy the Seminar requirement for graduation.
  4. A student may register for no more than two Independent Study courses for a maximum of four (4) credits.
  5. A student may take an Independent Study only from a Supervising Professor. A Supervising Professor must be either a resident or adjunct Dickinson Law faculty member. Professors from other units of the University are not within this definition. Graduate level Individual Studies (596) credits will not be applied to the J.D. degree.
  6. Before a student may register for an Independent Study course, the student must submit a written course proposal to the Supervising Professor. The course proposal must state the student’s goals for the course and work the student will undertake as part of the course. The Supervising Professor must approve the course proposal.
  7. Each Supervising Professor sets his or her standards and expectations each student must satisfy for course credit. In other words, Independent Study credit is not confined to a singular research project that results in a research paper of a specific length. Instead, the Supervising Professor will determine and designate the appropriate assessment tool or tools, including, but not limited to, assigned readings, intermediate formative assessments, and final examination, for each Independent Study.
  8. For every credit of an independent study, you should expect the amount of work to be equivalent to one hour in class and two hours of work outside of class per credit.

Note: A student may not earn academic credit more than once for the same or similar work (“double-dipping”).  For example, a student may not submit the same or similar work to satisfy the requirements for membership on a law journal and for credit in a seminar course or independent study. See Dickinson Law Honor Code Appendix 12 (defining “plagiarism” as including “the re-submission of work originally completed for another course . . .” ).