Graduation Requirements

    Every student must insure 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 online degree audit in Novasis to help them verify degree requirements.

Credits and Timing

To qualify for a Juris Doctor degree:

  • All regular JD students must satisfactorily complete 88 credits over the course of three years of full-time study.
  • Students must complete six consecutive full-time semesters in residence.
  • 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.

Required Courses

The first-year required curriculum consists of 32 hours of study.

In addition, the following upper-level courses are required:

  • Constitutional Law II
  • Legal Writing III
  • Legal Profession
  • A Research Paper Course, i.e. any class that is a 6000 level course
  • A Practical Skills Writing Course, i.e. any class that is a 5000 level course

Recommended Courses

The following courses, although not required to graduate, 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 practice build.

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Decedents' Estates and Trusts
  • Evidence
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Trial Advocacy

For more information on specific graduation requirements and procedures, please consult the Student Handbook or contact the Office of the Registrar.