Go to the U of M home page.

Home > Prospective Students > Curriculum > J.D. Requirements

Juris Doctor Degree Requirements

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

* student must be registered for 12 or more credits for the semester to count toward residency

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

 

Class of 2014:

First-Year Requirements* (32 total credits):

Civil Procedure I: 4 credits (Fall)
Constitutional Law I: 3 credits (Spring)
Contracts: 4 credits (Fall)
Criminal Law: 3 credits (Fall)
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)
Practice and Professionalism: 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

LL.M. Requirements

In order to receive the LL.M. degree, a student must:

  • satisfactorily complete 24 semester credits with a grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • satisfactorily complete two semesters of residence* credit
  • satisfactorily complete the Introduction to American Law course (2 credits/August)
  • satisfactorily complete a Law School course or seminar for which a writing project is the basis of the grade

* LL.M. students must be registered for 9 or more credits in a given semester to count toward residency.