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Juris Doctor Degree Requirements

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In order to receive the J.D. degree, a student must:

  • satisfactorily complete 88 semester credits of Law School work;
    • Note: all courses with a "LAW" course number at or above the 6000 level count toward the 88-credit minimum, as do all approved transfer credits and all approved off-campus study credits. However, only a limited number of courses that do NOT have a "LAW" course number count toward the 88-credit minimum. For more detail, see Academic Rule 3.3.
  • of the total credits completed, have at least 64 credits (63, for students who matriculated in or before 2012) in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions at the Law School, at an ABA-accredited law school from which transfer credit is granted, or in approved foreign study law courses or seminars. (A list of courses with a Law School course number that do NOT meet the requirement is available here.)
  • have six semesters of residence as a law student
    • Note: student must be registered for 12 or more credits for the semester to count toward residency
  • satisfactorily complete required courses
  • be in good academic standing

Class of 2017:

First-Year Requirements* (32 total credits):

Civil Procedure I: 4 credits
Constitutional Law I: 3 credits
Contracts: 4 credits
Criminal Law: 3 credits
Elective (Civil Procedure II, International Law, Corporations, OR Perspectives on the Law): 3 credits
Property: 4 credits
Legal Research & Writing/Statutory Interpretation: 4 credits
Law in Practice: 3 credits
Torts: 4 credits

Second-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Second-year writing requirement:
(either Journal or Moot Court)
Credits vary

Third-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility
3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Third-year writing requirement:
(through qualifying seminar, Independent Research paper, journal editorship, or moot court directorship)
Credits vary

 

Class of 2016:

First-Year Requirements* (32 total credits):

Civil Procedure I: 4 credits (Fall)
Constitutional Law I: 3 credits (Fall)
Contracts: 4 credits (Fall)
Criminal Law: 3 credits (Spring)
Elective (Civil Procedure II, International Law, Corporations, OR Perspectives on the Law): 3 credits (Spring)
Property: 4 credits (Spring)
Legal Writing: 1 credit (Fall)
Legal Writing/Statutory Interpretation: 3 credits (Spring)
Law in Practice: 3 credits (Spring)
Torts: 4 credits (Fall)

Second-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Second-year writing requirement:
(either Journal or Moot Court)
Credits vary (Fall/Spring split)

Third-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility
3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Third-year writing requirement:
(through qualifying seminar, Independent Research paper, journal editorship, or moot court directorship)
Credits vary

 

Class of 2015:

First-Year Requirements* (32 total credits):

Civil Procedure I: 4 credits (Fall)
Constitutional Law I: 3 credits (Fall)
Contracts: 4 credits (Fall)
Criminal Law: 3 credits (Spring)
Elective (Civil Procedure II, International Law, Corporations, OR Perspectives on the Law): 3 credits (Spring)
Property: 4 credits (Spring)
Legal Writing: 1 credit (Fall)
Legal Writing/Statutory Interpretation: 3 credits (Spring)
Law in Practice: 3 credits (Spring)
Torts: 4 credits (Fall)

Second-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Second-year writing requirement:
(either Journal or Moot Court)
Credits vary (Fall/Spring split)

Third-Year Requirements:

Constitutional Law II 3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Professional Responsibility
3 credits (may be completed during 2nd OR 3rd year)
Third-year writing requirement:
(through qualifying seminar, Independent Research paper, journal editorship, or moot court directorship)
Credits vary