JD Supervised Research
2015 Fall Semester: Monday, August 31, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
2016 Spring Semester: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Submit this completed form to: Office of the Registrar, 315 McDonough Hall
Phone 202-662-9220, Fax 202-662-9235
JD SUPERVISED RESEARCH APPLICATION
The faculty augments the Law Center's seminar offerings by providing a Supervised Research option, through which students work independently on a writing project under the supervision of a faculty member for 2 graded credits. Supervised Research projects provide faculty guidance to students in areas where there is no curricular offering or where a student wishes to explore a subject in greater depth than would be possible in an existing course. Supervised Research projects must meet the requirements of the upperclass legal writing requirement (see the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement on p. 5 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook), and the professor and student must establish a calendar of at least four meetings that allows for the kind of interaction contemplated for writing seminars.
To be eligible to apply to undertake a Supervised Research project while enrolled at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, the project must first be approved by the Assistant Dean for Graduate and Transnational Programs.
To apply for a Supervised Research project, a student must complete an application form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline for the relevant semester (see Application Deadlines above). All requests to undertake a Supervised Research project must be approved by the Associate Dean for the J.D. program. The Associate Dean for the J.D. Program will be receptive to proposals meeting the goals of Supervised Research Projects and expects to approve most proposals for supervision by full-time faculty, however, approval is not automatic. Students should consider the following rules applicable to Supervised Research projects when submitting a proposal:
The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a C (2.00/4.00) in Law Center courses.
Students must demonstrate that they have a well-developed topic suitable for a substantive scholarly paper satisfying the upperclass legal writing requirement. Students must indicate the four scheduled meeting dates with the professor, the deadlines for submission of the outline, first draft, and final draft, and list the semester(s) in which the project is to be completed.
Because the time demanded of the professor is substantial, it is expected that students ordinarily will seek sponsorship from full-time faculty. Where a student makes a good-faith effort to obtain sponsorship by a full-time faculty member and is unable to do so, sponsorship by an adjunct faculty member may be approved.
A student ordinarily may not undertake a Supervised Research project more than once. Students proposing to take Supervised Research for a second time must disclose this on their application.
A Supervised Research project will not be approved when the proposal repeats work for which credit is currently being or has previously been granted in another course or for which the student has been compensated during employment.
Proposals may call for research to be completed in one or two semesters and students may assign the associated credits to one or both semesters (i.e., they may receive 1 credit in each semester or 2 credits in either semester). Only 2 credits, however, will be awarded and credit allocations must be finalized before the end of the add/drop period.
The final Supervised Research paper must be submitted through the Georgetown Law Online Paper/Exam Management System, at http://apps.law.georgetown.edu/exams/. Credit for the upperclass legal writing requirement will be given for papers receiving a passing grade.
UPPERCLASS LEGAL WRITING REQUIREMENT
Students must complete the upperclass legal writing requirement as follows: (1) by successfully completing a seminar or clinic designated in the Curriculum Guide as meeting the upperclass legal writing requirement (i.e., see the "WR" notation in the Curriculum Guide); or (2) by successfully completing a Supervised Research project that has been approved by the Associate Dean for the J.D. Program, described above.
The upperclass legal writing requirement is intended to provide students with the opportunity to refine research and writing skills learned in the first year, and to develop the skills necessary to undertake writing projects on their own following graduation from law school. Students choose topics, submit outlines, prepare and submit a first draft, and complete the final paper in consultation with faculty members in approved seminars, clinics, and Supervised Research projects.
In the course of completing the upperclass legal writing requirement, students show their mastery of the in-depth research undertaken and demonstrate how they have organized, clarified, or advanced this body of knowledge in resolving the issues raised by the paper.
The following are the technical requirements for the upperclass legal writing requirement, which must be completed in accordance with the professor's instructions and schedule:
(1) use of legal forms of citation (when appropriate)
(2) submission of an outline
(3) submission of a first draft of at least 6,000 words (excluding footnotes)
(4) submission of a revised final paper of at least 6,000 words (excluding footnotes) based on the professor's comments.
Papers of 6,000 words (excluding footnotes) in length are approximately 25 typewritten pages using customary margins and spacing. All work must be that of the student in consultation with the supervising professor or must be cited for attribution to others. Students will receive a grade for both the course and the paper portions of the course. Both grades will be reflected on the student's transcript, however, only the course grade is calculated in the student's overall grade point average.
Final papers must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, and a copy of the paper must also be submitted to the professor if requested, by the deadline announced by the professor. Final papers must be submitted through the Georgetown Law Online Paper/Exam Management System, at http://apps.law.georgetown.edu/exams/.
Because a paper that meets the upperclass legal writing requirement should be a product of the student's own work in consultation with the supervising professor, students who are interested in using their final paper for other purposes (such as a law journal note) may do so only: (1) after the paper has been submitted for grading; and (2) to the extent the student has not received comments, edits, or other feedback on the paper from individuals other than their grading professor (or in connection with classroom discussion as overseen by such professor) prior to the time it is submitted for grading.
ONE PAPER FOR TWO SEMINARS
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