Degree and Residency Requirements

Juris Doctor Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are as stated in the College of Law catalog in effect at the time of enrollment. For students who entered in fall 1994 or thereafter, requirements are as follows.

  • Completion with a passing grade of courses totaling at least 88 semester credit hours, of which at least 59 must have been completed in this law school. No more than four of these credits can be earned through co-curricular activities. With permission from the Associate Dean for Students, upon good cause, work up to 29 semester hours from another ABA-accredited law school may be counted.
  • Completion of the following courses with a passing grade: Legal Research (LAW 5803), Legal Writing (LAW 5792), and Appellate Advocacy.
  • Completion of the following courses with a passing grade: Introduction to Lawyering (LAW 5755), Professional Responsibility (LAW 6750), and Legal Drafting (LAW 6955).
  • Achievement of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all graded work attempted in the college.
  • Fulfillment of prescribed course requirements.
  • Satisfaction of Advanced Writing Requirement through the completion of a seminar (LAW 6936), an approved advanced course, an Independent Research—Advanced Writing Requirement course, an approved masters thesis or doctoral dissertation certified by a College of Law faculty member or through a note accepted for publication in a co-curricular law school journal as certified by the faculty adviser for the journal.
  • Compliance with ABA Length of Study Rule: Standard (304c) requires that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no sooner than 24 months and no longer than 84 months after the student has commenced law study.

Juris Doctor Residency Requirements

ABA Standard 304(c) requires that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no sooner than 24 months and no longer than 84 months after the student has commenced law study.

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