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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- The supervising professor shall provide written comments concerning the student's outline, draft(s) and if appropriate the final draft.
Non-Moot Court Program Competitions
With respect to moot court directed studies (that is, competitions for which students receive credit but which are not part of a school- sponsored moot court program), the following policies apply:
- Students must find a faculty member to sponsor the moot court directed study;
- Moot court class is a prerequisite for any student wishing to participate in a moot court directed study (unless the type of competition makes a different course prerequisite more appropriate);
- Participating students must produce a paper (which could be a brief and which will not necessarily be subject to the 20-page minimum for other directed study papers);
- Successful completion of a moot court directed study is reflected on students' transcripts as directed study credit;
- It is within the discretion of the Law College's administration to fund moot court directed studies; and
- No student may participate in any competition where the law school, through one of its programs, will be sending selected representatives to compete
The directed study form is available at the Registrar's Office (Room 309) or online at: http://www.law.msu.edu/registrar/directed_study.pdf (PDF)