MSU College of Law

Enrollment Level by Number of Credits

Enrollment and the number of credits a student takes each semester can affect financial aid eligibility, especially for veterans and any student attending summer. The chart below is provided as a guide for students so they can determine the number of credits required to be full-time, 3/4-time and half-time during fall, spring and summer. Figures indicate number of law credits required per semester. Please note that students must be half-time to receive federal aid including Unsubsidized and GradPLUS loans as well as Work-Study.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@law.msu.edu

Fall and Spring Enrollment Chart

Full-Time 3/4-Time Half-Time Less Than Half-Time
J.D. 13 or more 9-12 5-8 1-4
LL.M./M.J.* 6 or more 4-5 3 1-2
LL.M./M.J.** 9 or more 6-8 4-5 1-3
LL.M./M.J.*** 5 or more 4 3 1-2

Summer Enrollment Chart

Full-Time 3/4-Time Half-Time Less Than Half-Time
J.D. 7 or more 5-6 3-4 1-2
LL.M./M.J.(* and **) 5 or more 4 3 1-2
LL.M./M.J.*** 3 or more N/A 2 1

* American Legal System (3306, 3347), Intellectual Property (3329, 3344) (Beginning program prior to Spring 2016)

** American Legal System (3306, 3347), Intellectual Property (3329, 3344) (Beginning program Spring 2016 or later)

*** Global Food Law (3345, 3346)