Admissions, Credits, & Grading

The Institute welcomes participation by law students enrolled at any law school in the world, graduates thereof and graduate students or persons holding graduate degrees in related disciplines.

Students seeking credit toward a J.D. degree must be enrolled in a state-accredited or ABA-accredited law school.


Acceptance of any credit or grade and their use for graduation or early graduation is subject to determination by each applicant's home school. As the program has been approved by the ABA, most ABA schools will accept credit. Students normally enroll in two courses for a total of six semester hours of credit. Externships are offered to 20 students for an additional two hours of credit.


The grades awarded in the courses not including the externship are indicative of the quality of work done: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Satisfactory, D=Barely Passed, F=Failed. Teachers may give pluses and minuses in awarding the final grades. The final grade for each student is determined by the teacher teaching the course. The grades for each course are reported to the home law school of the student.

Applicants for whom credit or a grade is important are advised to secure a prior written commitment from their schools.

It is unlikely that participation in the courses offered by the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute may be used to accelerate graduation. Students interested in acceleration should consult their home law schools before applying to the Institute to review the issue in light of Standard 303, Interpretation 304-4.

Students with questions about credit, grading or accelerated graduation should have their schools contact Director William MacPherson, at .