MSU College of Law

Directed Study

A student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to take an initial one (1) or two (2) credit Directed Study. To take a three (3) or four (4) credit Direct Study or a second Directed Study: i) a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and ii) the student must obtain the professor's approval in writing confirming the directed study merits the number of credits desired before; iii) obtaining approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. A student must not earn more than four (4) credit hours of Directed Study.

The following are accepted guidelines for directed studies:

  1. The participating student shall produce a paper that is a maximum of 20 pages long, not counting endnotes, except in so far as the paper is done to fulfill the Upper Level Writing Requirement. In the latter instance, the policy regarding the Upper Level Writing Requirement governs the length of the paper.
  2. During the course of the directed study, the supervising professor shall engage in regular meetings with the participating student and review the student's work at each step in the process; and
  3. During the course of the directed study, the participating student shall submit at least three documents to the professor: an outline, a rough draft, and a final draft.
  4. The supervising professor shall provide written comments concerning the student's outline, draft(s) and if appropriate the final draft.

The directed study form is available online or at the Registrar's Office (Room 309).

Revised June 8, 2016