Credit Hours Policy

(Approved by the Faculty Council on May 4, 2017)

The standard class schedule at Maryland Carey Law consists of 55-minute class sessions over 13 weeks, followed by a two-week reading and exam period. ABA rules specify that law schools can count a 55-minute class as a class hour. In addition to time spent in class, Maryland Carey Law requires that students complete at least two hours of out-of-class work per week per credit for 15 weeks or the equivalent amount of work over a different period of time.

A three-credit course typically meets for three hours of class time per week for 13 weeks and requires approximately six hours per week of out-of-class work for 15 weeks. In recognition of the out-of-class time required to prepare a substantial paper, three-credit seminar courses normally meet for two hours of class time per week and require approximately seven hours per week of out-of-class work over 15 weeks. Student effort must total at least 42.5 hours of work per credit or a minimum of 127.5 hours for a three-credit course. This credit hours requirement complies with ABA Standard 310.     

“Simulation, field placement, clinical, co-curricular and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours” must require “at least an equivalent amount of work,” in accordance with Standard 310.

Clinical courses at Maryland Carey Law must include a classroom component. To receive credit for law clinics students must complete a minimum of 45 – 48 hours per credit. This may include class time, meetings with supervisors and work on behalf of a client.

To receive credit for externships, students must complete at least 52 hours of work for each credit hour. Externships must include either a classroom instructional component, regularly scheduled tutorials, or other means of ongoing, contemporaneous, faculty-guided reflection.

To receive credit for independent written work and co-curricular activities (law journals, moot court, and trial and other teams representing Maryland Carey Law in regional and national competitions), students must complete at least 42.5 hours of academic work for each credit hour.