Outside Study and Study Abroad

A student who is a candidate for the degree of juris doctor is not permitted to enroll in any other school, college, or course of instruction while attending the University of Dayton School of Law unless he or she first obtains the permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dayton Law students can petition for permission to take up to a total of six semester hours of credit at another law school. Graduate level courses in the other schools and the College of the University of Dayton are included within this six credit limit. Outside and study abroad courses will be recorded on the law school transcript as a “K” (pass), and will not affect the calculation of the student’s cumulative grade-point average.

Criteria used in deciding whether to grant permission include:

  • the uniqueness of the educational experience desired by the student; e.g., study abroad;
  • the availability at the University of Dayton School of Law of the course(s) that the student desires to take elsewhere;
  • the overall educational value of the graduate level course or study at another law school;
  • whether the student has transferred to UDSL from another law school, and has already taken courses at a different institution; and whether permission is sought for a summer term or a regular semester.



Study in Absentia

A student who is a candidate for the degree of Juris Doctor will be permitted to earn more than six semester hours of credit at another law school as a transient student studying in absentia. The student must seek approval from the associate dean for academic affairs regarding the school/program at which the student desires to earn credit and the individual course schedule the student plans to take. Other limitations on eligibility to study in absentia are found in the Policy Manual. An administrative fee of $750 will be charged for each semester of study at another law school. Approval for study in absentia will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, such as:

  • a job transfer is mandated by the employer of the student’s spouse;
  • the student must live elsewhere because of the serious long‐range illness of a close family member; or
  • participation in a Fall/Spring semester-long study abroad program

Permission to earn more than six semester hours of credit at another institution will not be granted for the reason that the student desires to complete his or her law studies closer to home or in the geographic area where he or she intends to practice following graduation.