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Clinic Deputy (Chief Counsel) Form: Deputies help supervise clinic students preparing client representation, and provide assistance in areas such as fact investigations and analysis, legal research and writing, litigation training, and court appearances. Deputies are selected by the clinic instructors; students may not enroll before being selected. Submit this form to register for Clinic Deputy.
Directed Research Form: A two (2) hour directed research paper with a full-time law faculty member will satisfy your General Writing requirement. You may register for a directed research using this form. You will need to include the name of the profession under whom you will undertake the directed research and the subject of the project. Please visit with the professor and obtain permission before submitting this form.
Government and Public Interest Externship Registration Permission Form: Submit this form after you have been chosen for an externship placement in the Government and Public Interest Externship Program. You must work 60 hours at the field placement for each credit hour for a total of no fewer than 120 hours for 2 credits or 180 hours for 3 credits.
Law Review Form: Students may register for a maximum of five (5) hours of ungraded academic credit for law review service. In the first year of law review, a student may register for a maximum of three (3) hours for work as a staff editor. Completing the law review writing requirements for credit (at least two hours) will fulfill the General Writing requirement. Students may register for the remaining two (2) hours in their second year for service on the law review board.
Mock Trial/Moot Court/Board of Advocates Form: Students who participate as members of mock trial and moot court teams representing SMU Dedman School of Law may be eligible to receive one (1) credit for each competition, up to a maximum of two (2) credit hours for each type of competition (i.e., mock trial or moot court). [Note that under the ABA rules, students must work for at least 45 hours on the competition in order to earn an hour of credit.] These credits, however, DO NOT count toward the Experiential Learning requirement. Students may request up to a total of four (4) hours ungraded academic credit for mock trial and moot court competitions. Students are allowed only one (1) hour total of ungraded academic credit for two semesters of BOA Executive Board service.
**Note: Students may not apply more than six (6) hours of upper-class elective courses taken on an ungraded (i.e., credit/no-credit) basis toward the 87 hours required for graduation. This limit includes law review hours, moot court hours, mock trial hours, BOA executive board service, and Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition hours. But this six- hour restriction does not include any hours obtained from externships (in other words, you can have up to six (6) ungraded hours not counting externships). Since clinics and simulation courses are graded, they also are not included in the six-hour maximum.
Request to Amend Law School Application or File: If you determine your law school application is inaccurate or incomplete, you may request the law school amend your application by completing this form. Similarly, you have an on-going obligation to the law school to report any incidents relevant to the character and fitness process that occur after you submit your law school application. Students who wish to amend their law school record may do so by completing this form.
Request to Withdraw from Course (1L): Students have until noon of the last day of instruction to drop a class and receive a grade of "W." After the deadline, a student may not drop a class. Note: Schedule changes are not complete for official University record purposes unless finalized in the University Registrar's Office. First-year students must receive permission from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the professor teaching the course from which they are withdrawing. This form will be routed directly to Dean Yeager and your professor for approval and then to the Registrar's Office for processing. A grade of “W” will appear on your transcript after the withdrawal has been processed.
Registration Form for Jackson Walker Moot Court Board: A student who works with the Jackson Walker Moot Court competition for two (2) years is eligible for one (1) hour of ungraded academic credit. During the two-year period, students should submit this form. Once approved, one (1) hour of Jackson Walker Moot Court Board (JWMCB) will added to the student's enrollment in my.SMU. Note: The grade will appear as an incomplete (a grade of “I”) until the student completes the two-year commitment. At that time, the student should submit the Completion form and the Registrar will update the incomplete to a grade of “P” (pass).
Completion Form for Jackson Walker Moot Court Board: Students who have completed their two-year commitment for JWMCB should submit this form to receive a grade of "P" (pass).
Please print, complete, and return these forms or petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office in Storey Hall, room 125, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Petition to Take Graduate Level Courses: Graduate level courses that are offered in other graduate or professional schools of SMU and are relevant to the student's program may be taken with approval of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, who shall also determine Dedman School of Law credit equivalents to be awarded for such study. No more than six (6) hours may be awarded toward Dedman School of Law hours required for graduation.