Every student must ensure that he or she meets all graduation requirements. The Registrar’s Office will provide students with the information it has, but responsibility for verifying that the requirements are met remains solely with the student. Students should access the on-line degree audit in Novasis to help them verify degree requirements.
All regular J.D. students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 must satisfactorily complete 88 credits over the course of three years of full-time study and must complete six consecutive full-time semesters to be eligible for the Juris Doctor degree.
All regular J.D. students beginning with the class of 2017 must satisfactorily complete 91 credits over the course of three years of consecutive study. Except for leaves of absence granted for good cause shown, the degree must be completed in three years. In no case will the period of time in which to complete the degree be extended beyond five years from the original matriculation.
The first-year required curriculum consists of 34 credit hours of study. In addition, the following upper level courses are required:
Several courses, though not required, are considered basic foundation courses, and students are advised to take them:
These courses provide the conceptual building blocks upon which other areas of legal study and legal practice build.