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Credit Hour Definition

Northern Illinois University College of Law utilizes a definition of credit hour that is consistent with Federal guidelines and ABA standards. A credit hour is defined as an amount of work that reasonably approximates (1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work per week for fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in subparagraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities—including simulation, field placement, clinical, co-curricular, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours—as determined by the College of Law.

For purpose of this definition, fifty minutes suffices for “one hour” of classroom or direct faculty instruction, but sixty minutes is required for “one hour” of out-of-class student work. The fifteen-week period includes one week for courses with a final examination.

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