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|The LL.M. courses follow the Law School calendar. Courses taken in departments outside the Law School generally follow the MU Calendar.|
Fall Semester 2014
|August 18-19||Orientation for new international students -- MU International Center|
|August 22||Orientation for new LL.M. students|
|August 25||Classes Begin|
|September 1||Labor Day. University holiday; no classes|
|November 24-28||Thanksgiving Recess|
|December 1||MU Classes Resume|
|December 5||Last Day of Law School Classes|
|December 8||Law School Stop Day - No Classes/Exams|
|December 9||Law School Exams begin|
|December 11||Last Day of MU Classes|
|December 12||MU Reading Day - No Classes/Exams|
|December 15||MU Exams begin|
|December 19||Exams end for all|
|December 19-20||December Graduation Weekend|
Spring Semester 2015
|January 15||Law School Classes Begin|
|January 19||MLK Day. University holiday; no classes|
|January 20||MU Classes begin|
|March 23-27||Spring Break|
|March 30||Classes Resume|
|May 1||Last Day of Law School Classes|
|May 4||Law School Stop Day - No Classes/Exams|
|May 5||Law School Exams begin|
|May 7||Last Day of MU Classes|
|May 8||MU Reading Day - No Classes/Exams|
|May 11||MU Exams Begin|
|May 15||Exams end for all|
|May 17||Law School Graduation|
Check the Law School web site for updates on the law school calendar.
The University will confer the Master of Laws degree upon students who successfully complete all graduation requirements and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0) for all graduate courses taken at MU. Students must complete 24 credit hours to receive the LL.M. degree. The credit hours for the courses listed below are in parentheses. The curriculum is subject to change from year to year.
Each student will be able to choose electives according to his/her interests and statement of purpose for enrolling in the LL.M. program. The following are some recommended electives because of their obvious relevance to the dispute resolution field. Some courses may not be offered in some years.
* course graded on satisfactory-unsatisfactory (S/U) basis
** courses offered by the Truman School of Public Affairs
*** course offered by the Department of Theatre in odd-numbered years
No more than nine (9) credits may be counted toward the LL.M. degree for any combination of Practicum, Externship, and Independent Study courses.
Students may apply to the LL.M. graduation requirements up to six (6) graduate credits of university or college courses from outside the MU Law School. Details on non-law courses and dual-degree programs are described below. Also, based on a student's prior course work, training, and/or experience, the Director of the LL.M. Program may waive graduation requirements. The policy is outlined below.
The faculty advisor for all LL.M. students is Prof. Paul Ladehoff, Director of the LL.M. Program. Students should consult him about any questions regarding their program or courses. Karen Neylon, the Coordinator of the Program, is especially helpful with questions about course and graduation requirements.
The current curricular requirements and a current schedule are in the Curriculum section of this web site. Please note: The curriculum and graduation requirements are subject to change.
WAIVER OF LL.M. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The Director of the LL.M. Program may waive graduation requirements of taking LL.M. courses (except for the LL.M. Major Research Project) for individual students based on their prior course work, training, and/or experience. Students eligible to waive an LL.M. graduation requirement normally are encouraged to take our LL.M. course because usually there is worthwhile new material in our course. To apply for a waiver, students must provide documentation of the course work, training, or experience as appropriate. If a graduation requirement is waived, the student would not take the course in our program and would not receive credit for the required course. In other words, the student would still need to complete 24 credits but, in lieu of a required course, the student would take another course.
There are several situations where students would not be eligible to receive transfer credit but where it would be appropriate to waive a requirement. The most common situations include:
CREDIT TOWARD LL.M. REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-LAW COURSES / TRANSFER CREDIT
With approval of the Director of the LL.M. Program, students may apply to the LL.M. graduation requirements up to six (6) graduate credits of university or college courses from outside the MU Law School. This limit includes independent study courses supervised by faculty in units other than the MU Law School. Credit toward the LL.M. degree for a non-MU-Law School course will be granted only under the following conditions:
(a) Institution, course name, number, and instructor;
(b) Description how the course relates to the student’s program of study.
DUAL DEGREES IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND JOURNALISM
Students may enroll in dual degree programs with the School of Journalism to obtain a M.A. or Ph.D. in journalism as well as an LL.M. in dispute resolution. These dual degree programs allow students to complete two degrees by counting some credits from one degree toward the graduation requirements of the other degree. Thus students who enroll in these degree programs concurrently may be able to complete both degrees in one or two semesters less than if they participated in the degree programs consecutively. Dual degree students must apply and be admitted independently into both programs. The applications must include a statement requesting permission to pursue the dual degree program. While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should declare an intent to enter both programs before entering the University. Students interested in these dual degree programs should consult with Prof. Richard Reuben for advice.
OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT IN COURSES
Students must enroll in courses during the official registration or pre-registration period for each semester. After the official registration period ends, students may not enroll in a course without petitioning, or withdraw from a course without either petitioning or formally withdrawing from the University. Petitioning, more commonly referred to as Add/Drop, must be initiated by the student. Students who want to make a change in course selection, changes in status from credit to hearer or vice versa, or changes in number of credit hours for a particular course, must contact the LL.M. Program Coordinator, complete and sign the form (if necessary), and receive approval from the Director of the LL.M. Program. For information about deadlines and fees relating to enrollment changes, see the Program Coordinator or the University Registrar web site.
Students must either complete all courses for which they are registered or properly drop the course. This includes courses in which they are registered as a "hearer."
In individual cases where an admitted applicant requests deferral of enrollment, the Admissions Committee may decide to defer enrollment for a year without reviewing the application in the subsequent year. There is a presumption against deferral of enrollment. Enrollment will not be deferred for more than one year.
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE AT CLASS
Attendance is required except when there is good cause for a student’s absence. The instructors for each course administer the attendance policy for their courses. The instructors determine the number and nature of absences from each course that may cause sanctions to be imposed, as well as the sanctions which will be imposed, up to and including dismissal from the course. If instructors intend to attach a formal sanction (grade reduction or dismissal from the course) to inadequate attendance, they must announce to the class in writing at the beginning of the course what the rules governing attendance in that course will be, with appropriate provision for notice to late enrollers. Students who are in danger of accumulating excessive absences must be given notice by the instructor in advance of the absence that will give rise to a significant sanction (major grade reduction or dismissal from the course).
Enrollment in at least nine (9) credits in the fall and winter semester and four (4) credits in the summer session is considered full-time enrollment for graduate students. The maximum number of credits permitted by the Graduate School for a semester is sixteen (16) and nine (9) for a summer session. Students normally should not take the maximum possible course load as this would be extremely demanding. In very unusual cases, students may take more than the normal maximum course load with the approval of the Director of the LL.M. Program and Vice Provost/Dean of the Graduate School.
The grades recorded at the University Registrar's Office are the official grades and the determination of grade point averages (GPA) and satisfaction of LL.M. requirements is based on these grades. Grades in all courses counting toward an advanced degree may be reported as: A +/-, B +/-, and C +/-. Faculty members are not required to use a plus/minus grading scale; that decision should be based on the faculty member’s evaluation of student performance. Grade point averages are calculated as: A+ (4.0), A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), and C- (1.7). The Graduate School considers grades of C+, C and C- as passing grades; however, grades in the C range may result in the student being unable to maintain a 3.0 cumulative average. No D grade may be awarded to a graduate student, and a grade of F means the work has not satisfied the minimum requirements of the course. W denotes withdrawn passing and does not affect a student’s grade point average. An incomplete grade (I) may be recorded when the student's work is incomplete but otherwise worthy of credit, or when the instructor is unable to assign a grade at the end of the semester. (Note: please refer to the "Policy on Incomplete Grades" below.) Law School faculty teaching J.D. courses will be requested to submit letter grades for LL.M. students in these courses.
No more than nine (9) credits may be counted toward the LL.M. degree that are graded satisfactory-unsatisfactory. Graduate credit is given for satisfactory-unsatisfactory courses only in those courses designated as “graded on S/U basis only” in the Schedule of Courses.
No grade is assigned to a student who ceases, for any reason, to be a member of a course before the 26th day of a semester, or an equivalent period of time in a summer session. A student who officially drops a course on or after the 26th day and who is doing failing work is assigned the grade F. If the quality of the student's work is not judged to be failing at the time of the drop, the instructor may assign a grade of W (withdraw). Current regulations and time schedules for adding/dropping courses or changing status of enrollment are included in the Schedule of Courses each semester or session.
Note: If a student is enrolled in only one course and decides to drop that course, the student is withdrawing from MU for that term and will need to submit a Notice of Withdrawal form.
POLICY ON INCOMPLETE GRADES
Students are expected to complete their coursework by the assigned deadlines. Instructors normally do not give grades of "incomplete." When students believe that there is good reason why they cannot complete the assigned work by the deadline, they must request the instructor to give an incomplete, explaining the reason. Students do not have a right to receive an incomplete. Instructors have discretion whether to grant an incomplete and, if so, in setting a revised deadline for completing the required work. When instructors grant incompletes, they must send an e-mail to the student and the LL.M. program coordinator stating the revised deadline for completion of the required work. Under University policy, the maximum time allowed for the removal of an incomplete grade is one calendar year from the date of its recording.
Students may appeal grades by using the procedures and under the standards described in the Faculty Handbook Academic Regulations.
COMPUTATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
Grade point averages are based only on Law School and graduate courses taken at MU and only upon graded courses. A GPA is obtained as follows: The “grade points” for a graded course are obtained by multiplying the numerical value of the grade for the course by the credit hours for the course. The GPA is obtained by dividing the total grade points for all graded courses by the total number of credits for all graded courses. In computing GPAs, all graded courses are included. GPAs are computed for each student by semester and cumulatively.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY
Formal withdrawal from MU is arranged through the Graduate School using a Notice of Withdrawal form that is signed by the Director of the LL.M. Program and the Dean of the Graduate School. If the student is making a C or better at withdrawal time, a grade of W is recorded. If the student is doing failing work at withdrawal time, a grade of F is recorded. Students are responsible for notifying their instructors of their intention to withdraw and for determining if their work qualifies for a W grade. Students who leave MU without filing a statement of formal withdrawal are given a grade of F in all courses. If the reason is so urgent that an official withdrawal cannot be obtained, the student should notify the LL.M. Program as soon as possible and officially request to be withdrawn.
ACTIVE DUTY POLICY
Students who are called to active duty as part of a Reserve or National Guard unit call-up during an academic term and are unable to complete their work are governed by the Active Military Duty Policy.
The MU School of Law complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding rights to and privacy of student educational records. The Graduate School maintains the official records of LL.M. students. Students who wish to release information from the official records should contact the Graduate School. The LL.M. Program maintains unofficial records of LL.M. students. The LL.M. Program will release information about a past or present LL.M. student only in response to a written request and with the written consent of the student.
The procedures for obtaining an official transcript are described on the Registrar's web site. Students may ask the LL.M. Program Coordinator to provide an unofficial transcript.
For students who first enrolled in the LL.M. Program after January 1, 2001, the following are the standards of “satisfactory progress” in the LL.M. Program, subject to individual exceptions for good cause as approved by the Director of the LL.M. Program. Normally, students should complete all degree requirements within three (3) years of enrollment. By the end of the first year of enrollment, students must have completed at least eight (8) credits that satisfy requirements for the LL.M. degree. By the end of the second year of enrollment, students must have completed at least sixteen (16) credits that satisfy requirements for the LL.M. degree. By the end of the third year of enrollment, students must have completed at least twenty-four (24) credits that satisfy requirements for the LL.M. degree. Time spent in the armed services will not count toward the period for completing the degree requirements.
For students who first enrolled in the LL.M. Program before January 1, 2001, to achieve "satisfactory progress," students must complete an average of at least four (4) credits for every academic year since their initial enrollment in the LL.M. Program.
The Graduate School will be informed of all students who are not making satisfactory progress. When there is a question as to whether satisfactory progress is being made, the Director of the LL.M. Program will write to the student and recommend a face-to-face meeting with the student. If there is disagreement, the Director of the LL.M. Program will ask the student to submit a separate letter to him or her. Copies of both letters will be made available to the student, maintained in a departmental file, and forwarded to the Graduate School.
If difficulties persist and the Director of the LL.M. Program determines that probation is appropriate, the Director will notify the student in writing of the probationary period, which may be from 30 days to a full semester. The probation letter will state explicitly that the student is on departmental probation and state precisely what must be accomplished and by what date in order to enable the student to return to good standing in the Program and be removed from probation. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the probation letter, the student may submit a written request for a review of this decision by the LL.M. Admissions Committee, which may affirm or revise the probation letter or determine that probation is not appropriate.
If the student does not comply with the conditions of probation, a letter signed by Director of the LL.M. Program will be sent to the student (with a copy to the Graduate School) with notification of dismissal from the LL.M. Program. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the probation letter, the student may submit a written request for a review of this decision by the LL.M. Admissions Committee, which may affirm or revise the notification of dismissal or determine that dismissal is not appropriate (with a copy to the Graduate School). The Graduate School sends the official notice of dismissal from the Program.
A student may appeal a dismissal decision to the Graduate Faculty Senate only after completing the Program’s appeal process. The full text of the Dismissal Policy and Appeals Process for Graduate Students can be found in the Graduate School Catalog on its web site.
Each LL.M. student is assigned a Mizzou e-mail account, which can be accessed through the Law School web site, or the general MU e-mail web access site. Some official notices from the LL.M. Program and Law School are delivered to students' official Mizzou e-mail accounts. Students are expected to check these accounts at least several times a week, preferably at least once each weekday when classes are in session. These notices will not be sent to students' personal or work e-mail accounts unless the students can demonstrate that they cannot reasonably access their official Mizzou e-mail accounts.
The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and LL.M. Program publish a newsletter with official announcements and other information of interest to LL.M. students. This newsletter is distributed by e-mail and/or is posted on the web site. The newsletter is generally published each Friday when classes are in session.
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It is the policy of the University of Missouri, in accord with providing a positive discrimination-free environment, that sexual harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct. Sexual harassment is subject to discipline, up to and including separation from the University.
Sexual harassment is defined for this policy as either:
(a) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a condition for academic or employment decisions; or
(b) The purpose or effect of such conduct is to interfere unreasonably with the work or academic performance of the person being harassed; or
(c) The purpose or effect of such conduct to a reasonable person is to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
This policy also prohibits retaliation against any person who brings an accusation of discrimination or sexual harassment or who assists with the investigation or resolution of sexual harassment. Notwithstanding this provision, the University may discipline an employee or student who has been determined to have brought an accusation of sexual harassment in bad faith.
Members of the University community who believe they have been cruelly harassed may seek redress, using the following options: Pursue appropriate informal resolution procedures as defined by the individual campuses. These procedures are available from the campus Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Officer. Initiate a complaint or grievance within the period of time prescribed by the applicable grievance procedure. Faculty are referred to Section 370.010, “Academic Grievance Procedures;” staff to Section 380.010, “Grievance Procedure for Administrative, Service and Support Staff;” and students to Section 390.010, “Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students.”
Upon receiving an accusation of sexual harassment against a member of the faculty, staff, or member of the student body, the University will investigate and, if substantiated, will initiate the appropriate disciplinary procedures. There is a five-year limitation period from the date of occurrence for filing a charge that may lead to discipline.
An individual who makes an accusation of sexual harassment will be informed: