ABA Standard 305 - Study outside of the Classroom

(a) A law school  may grant credit toward the J.D. degree for courses or a program that permits  or requires student participation in studies or activities away from or outside  the law school or in a format that does not involve attendance at regularly  scheduled class sessions.
(b) Credit granted shall be commensurate with the time and effort required and  the anticipated quality of the educational experience of the student.

(c) Each student's  academic achievement shall be evaluated by a faculty member. For purposes of  Standard 305 and its Interpretations, the term "faculty member" means  a member of the full-time or part-time faculty. When appropriate a school may  use faculty members from other law schools to supervise or assist in the  supervision or review of a field placement program.

(d) The studies or  activities shall be approved in advance and periodically reviewed following the  school's established procedures for approval of the curriculum.

(e) A field  placement program shall include:

(1) a clear statement of the goals and methods, and a demonstrated  relationship between those goals and methods to the program in operation;

(2) adequate instructional resources, including faculty teaching in and  supervising the program who devote the requisite time and attention to satisfy  program goals and are sufficiently available to students;

(3) a clearly articulated method of evaluating each student's academic  performance involving both a faculty member and the field placement supervisor;

(4) a method for selecting, training, evaluating, and communicating with  field placement supervisors;

(5) periodic on-site visits or their equivalent by a faculty member if  the field placement program awards four or more academic credits (or equivalent)  for fieldwork in any academic term or if on-site visits or their equivalent are  otherwise necessary and appropriate;

(6) a requirement that students have successfully completed one academic  year of study prior to participation in the field placement program;

(7) opportunities for student reflection on their field placement  experience, through a seminar, regularly scheduled tutorials, or other means of  guided reflection. Where a student can earn four or more academic credits (or  equivalent) in the program for fieldwork, the seminar, tutorial, or other means  of guided reflection must be provided contemporaneously.

Interpretation 305-1:      
Activities covered by Standard 305(a) include field placement, moot court, law  review, and directed research programs or courses for which credit toward the  J.D. degree is granted, as well as courses taken in parts of the college or  university outside the law school for which credit toward the J.D. degree is  granted. (August 2004)

Interpretation 305-2:      
The nature of field placement programs presents special opportunities and  unique challenges for the maintenance of educational quality. Field placement  programs accordingly require particular attention from the law school and the  Accreditation Committee. (August 1999)

Interpretation 305-3:      
A law school may not grant credit to a student for participation in a field  placement program for which the student receives compensation. This  interpretation does not preclude reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket  expenses related to the field placement. (August 2004)

Interpretation 305-4:
(a) A law  school that has a field placement program shall develop, publish and  communicate to students and field instructors a statement that describes the  educational objectives of the program.

(b) In a field  placement program, as the number of students involved or the number of credits  awarded increases, the level of instructional resources devoted to the program  should also increase. (August 1999)

Interpretation 305-5:      
Standard 305 by its own force does not allow credit for Distance Education  courses. (August 2002)