Short Course Registration FAQs

Intensive short course offerings enable students to take a course in a particular area of law in an intensive format. Additionally, these short course offerings allow the law school to bring some of the best and brightest professors and practitioners to Miami Law.

Q: What is the registration process for short courses?
A: Students may register for a short course during the normal registration period. In addition, students may register for a short course, so long as the course is open, up until the first day the course begins.

Q: What is the drop/add process for short courses?
Please See Above. Also, due to the course’s short duration a student may not add the course if the student misses the first day of the course. Students may drop the course through the second-class session.

Q: What if a short course is full? Is there a waiting list similar to the one used for other courses?
Yes, if a short course is full there will be a waiting list similar to other courses.

Q: How many short courses can a student take?
There is no set limit as to how many short courses a student may take so long as they fulfill their other graduation requirements.

Q: When are short courses offered?
Typically, throughout the semester period during the lunch hour. Usually Friday afternoon or weekend meetings will be required. Please refer to the course description booklet for specific course schedules and check updates.

Q: Do short courses have a separate grading scale?
No, short courses are graded in the same manner as other upper level law school course offerings.

Q: Can these short courses be taken Honors/Pass/Fail?
 Short courses are not offered Pass/Fail

Q: Can the short courses satisfy a writing or skills requirement?
Not generally. Exceptions may apply for certain two credit short courses. Please check course description booklet

Q: What is the method of evaluation for short courses?
Like all other courses offered by the law school there may be an examination, a paper, a presentation, or several short assignments. The method of evaluation is at the professor’s discretion and will be described in the course description booklet.

Q: When are exams, papers, and presentations due for the short courses?
Typically the examination or presentation will be given near the end of the course meeting times. On the other hand, a course graded solely on a paper may be due shortly after the course ends or some professors allow for the paper to be handed in by semester’s end. Please note due dates are at the professor’s discretion.

Q: Given that these courses only meet for a short period of time what is the attendance policy for these courses?
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory.   Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts. 


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