Chapter 3361:50-81 College of Law

3361:50-81-14 College of law: advanced standing.

(A) Students attending law schools fully accredited by the "Association of American Law Schools" and the "American Bar Association" may be considered for admission with advanced standing.

(B) Law school work will be evaluated and credited toward the "Juris Doctor" requirements as determined by the associate dean. A maximum of two years of credit can be applied. The right is reserved not to grant credit for work done in another law school.

(C) A student should submit the transfer application and the application fee, a "Law School Data Assembly Service" report, law school transcript, recommendations from two law school professors, and a letter of good standing from the dean or registrar. No applicant will be admitted who is not in good standing with a law school previously attended.

Replaces: 3361:50-81-14

Effective: 8/23/1996
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3361
Rule Amplifies: 3361
Prior Effective Dates: 3/16/1978

3361:50-81-16 College of law: rules.

(A) Eligibility to continue study.

(1) In order to be eligible to continue study in the college of law, a student must attain a cumulative average of at least 2.0 honor points for each year of study completed prior to the student's final year or semester as the case may be. A year of study is two consecutive semesters of study neither of which was included in another year of study. To be eligible for graduation, the cumulative average for all semesters of study must be 2.0 honor points or better. For the purpose of applying this section and for no other purpose whatsoever, the honor points earned by a student in a course in which the student's provisional grade is an incomplete shall be credited to the semester in which the student completes the course.

(2) A student who fails to comply with the standards set forth in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule and whose cumulative average for the year of study is below 1.5 shall be notified in writing by the dean that the student is ineligible to continue study.

(3) A student who fails to comply with the standards set forth in paragraph (A) (1) of this rule and whose cumulative average for the year of study is 1.5 or higher shall be notified in writing by the dean that the student is ineligible to continue studies in the college of law but that the student will be granted one probationary semester if the student submits a written request within a time period specified in the notification. The student's exclusion shall be final if the student fails to submit the request within the time period specified.

(4) The student's courses for the probationary semester must be approved in advance by the associate dean and must be selected from a list of courses identified by the "Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee" and approved by the faculty.

(5) The exclusion of a student who submits a request for a probationary semester is final if the student's average for the probationary semester is below 2.6 honor points and the student's cumulative average is below 2.0. The student shall be notified in writing by the dean that the student is ineligible to continue study.

(6) Any student entering the college whose past performance indicates that the student may have difficulty in maintaining a satisfactory scholastic level, and any student whose cumulative average in the college is below 2.2 shall be notified of the opportunity of consulting with the "Committee on Student Petitions and Scholastic Review." If the student indicates a wish to utilize the services of the committee, the committee will analyze the particular problems and needs of the individual student. Based upon this analysis the committee will make specific recommendations including the possible use of any guided study programs that the college has adopted.

(B) Degree requirements.

(1) In order to be eligible for the degree of juris doctor, a student must have:

(a) Obtained a baccalaureate degree from an approved educational institution prior to commencing the study of law;

(b) Completed a residence period of three academic years or its equivalent;

(c) Completed the required subjects (including the writing requirement) and sufficient elective subjects to make an aggregate of ninety semester hours;

(d) Earned passing grades in ninety semester hours of work;

(e) Attained an over-all scholastic average of at least 2.0 honor points.

(2) The required subjects are as follows:

Advocacy

Two hours

Civil procedure

Six hours

Constitutional law

Six hours

Contracts

Four hours

Criminal law

Three hours

Introduction to law

One hour

Legal research and writing

Two hours

Professional responsibility

Two hours

Property

Four hours

Torts

Four hours

In addition, every student must successfully complete one seminar and one of the following options:

(a) A casenote or comment for law review; or

(b) The writing requirements for the Anderson moot court requirement; or

(c) A supervised writing project; or

(d) A drafting course; or

(e) An individual research project; or

(f) A second seminar.

For the purpose of this requirement, a seminar is a classroom course designated as such. Ordinarily, a course designated as a seminar has an enrollment limited to about fifteen students whose grades are based on the successful completion of a research paper no shorter than thirty pages and may also be based, in part, on class participation.

An "F" or "U" does not constitute successful completion.

(3) It is a requirement for graduation that a student complete, in an aggregate of ninety semester hours, at least seventy-seven classroom credit hours. Generally, the required and elective courses as well as the required seminars are classified as classroom credit offerings. Non-classroom credit offerings include: individual research, law review, extern program, moot court, fourth semester moot court, moot court editor, senior moot court, and supervised writing.

(C) Honor system.

The conduct of a student in connection with his/her law study, including the taking of examinations and the submission of seminar papers, shall be governed by an honor system adopted by the student bar association of the college of law and approved by the faculty.

Replaces: 3361:50-81-16

Effective: 7/14/2006
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3361
Rule Amplifies: 3361
Prior Effective Dates: 3/16/1978, 11/30/1983, 3/30/1984, 7/1/1985, 4/15/1986, 7/1/1987, 4/2/1993, 4/19/1995, 8/23/1996, 4/20/1998

3361:50-81-18 College of law: procedure for review of a claim that an individual student has been subjected to prejudice or capricious academic evaluation.

(A) Any student who has reason to believe that his final grade in any course or seminar was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice shall consult with the faculty member who determined the grade. A request for consultation shall be made within two weeks after the student receives the grade. If such request cannot be made because the student is unable to contact the faculty member personally or by telephone within that time, a written request mailed to the faculty member at the law school within the two week period shall satisfy this requirement.

The faculty member shall consult with the student promptly after receipt of a request. If the faculty member or the student is absent from the greater Cincinnati area at the time the request is made, the consultation shall occur within two weeks after both are in the area.

(B) If after such consultation the student has reason to believe that his grade was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice he may file a complaint with the dean of the college of law. The dean shall refer the complaint to the petitions committee and send a copy to the faculty member involved.

The complaint shall be filed with the dean within two weeks after the consultation described in A or within two weeks of the student's having discovered that consultation is not possible.

(C) The complaint shall contain a statement of facts indicating the basis for the student's belief that the grade was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice. Allegations that the grade was so determined that the grade was so determined or that the grade was low or failing, or both, will not alone suffice.

The complaint shall also contain an allegation that the consultation required in A has occurred or a statement of facts indicating the student's inability to comply therewith.

The committee shall review the complaint and on the basis of its factual allegations decide whether a hearing should be held. A hearing shall be held promptly if any two members of the committee so vote. Unless two members so vote, the complaint shall be dismissed and the matter deemed concluded.

(D) Hearings shall be before the committee. The committee shall arrange for the production of all documents considered in determining the grade. If requested by the committee, the student shall produce his notes for the course and, if the grade was based in whole or part on a paper or papers, the research materials assembled by the student preparatory to writing the paper or papers. Upon request the student shall be provided a copy of the examination questions and his answers thereto before the hearing.

The student shall appear at the hearing or his complaint shall be dismissed and the matter deemed concluded.

The faculty member involved may appear at the hearings. He shall appear if available, if the student so requests. The hearings should be scheduled so as to try to accommodate the availability of both the faculty member and the student.

The hearings shall proceed on an informal basis with a full presentation of all relevant evidence, including an analysis by the faculty member involved of the questions and answers. Expert witnesses may appear.

The student shall have the burden of persuading the committee that the grade was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice.

(E) If a hearing is held, the committee shall decide if the grade was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice. A majority vote of the members of the committee shall be necessary for a decision that the grade was so determined. It shall report its decision and the vote thereon to the dean who shall place the question on the agenda for the next scheduled faculty meeting.

At that faculty meeting the committee shall reports its decision for review. Thereafter the faculty member involved and the student member of the committee may make statements. They shall not be present during the faculty discussion and voting. A majority vote of those present shall be required to change the committee's decision. The faculty action shall be final.

If it is decided that the grade was determined as a result of prejudice or caprice, the committee, after consultation with the student and the faculty member involved, shall determine the appropriate grade. The grade may be higher, lower, or the same as the original grade or a grade of "S" may be given if deemed appropriate.

A reevaluation, when made, shall be final.

(F) If one of the members of the committee is the person who determined the grade, the dean shall appoint another full-time faculty member to sit in his place throughout any proceedings herein described. If the student member of the committee is the student complainant, another student shall be appointed to take his place in accordance with existing procedures.

The student member may disqualify himself from a case for cause at any stage of the proceedings described herein. In that event another student shall be appointed to take his place, in accordance with existing procedures, for purposes of the remaining proceedings in that case.

(C) These procedures shall take affect and apply to the final grades given for courses and seminars in the spring semester of nineteen hundred and seventy and thereafter.

Replaces: 3361:50-81-18

Effective: 3/16/1978
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3361
Rule Amplifies: 3361
Prior Effective Dates: 3/16/1978