At its meeting on December 2, 2015, the Faculty voted to adopt various changes that are relevant to adjunct-taught courses at the Law School. As background, candidates for a J.D. degree are required to complete 83 course credits. The Faculty has voted to abolish the so-called “adjunct cap” for all J.D. students effective for the class of 2017. In place of the adjunct cap, all candidates for the J.D. degree, beginning with the class of 2017, are required to complete a minimum of 64 in-class credits of which 52 credits must be in courses taught by members of the tenured or tenure-track faculty (hereinafter, “regular courses”) and may choose all other courses from among a pool of 31 credits. Regular courses include courses taught by visitors and by members of the adjunct faculty whose courses are deemed to be “regular courses” for this purpose. The following adjunct taught courses will be deemed regular courses:
1. Courses taught by emeritus faculty;
2. Courses co-taught by adjunct faculty with full-time members of the academic and clinical faculty;
3. Courses taught by adjunct faculty who are full-time members of another law school;
4. Courses required for Law School graduation or by another school of the University with which the Law School has a joint degree program in which a student is then enrolled, including tax courses taken by students who are in the joint J.D./LL.M. tax program;
5. Clinical courses;
6. Courses taught by an adjunct whose primary professional affiliation is with the Law School and who will be present at the Law School during the time of the adjunct appointment on a full-time basis; and
7. Courses designated as core by the Vice Dean and other courses designated in accordance with governance processes of the Faculty.
In determining how the 31 credits may be used, consistent with requirements of the New York Court of Appeals and the ABA, we refer students to the J.D. Academic Regulations and Requirements Guide, and in particular, pages 4 and 5 regarding non-classroom credit caps. You may not exceed these individual credit caps in any particular area listed.
As you select classes it may be helpful to speak with faculty regarding your course selection and plans. You may also find it useful to talk with administrators in the Office of Academic Services and Registration, the Office of Student Affairs, the Public Interest Law Center, the Office of Academic Careers and Judicial Clerkship, and the Office of Career Services.
You may also find the following diagram useful: