Handout - Requirements

Course Selection

Graduation and Other Course-Related Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements.  Even though upper level students have a wide variety of electives to choose from, there are some specific course and credit hour requirements that every J.D. student must meet in order to graduate.  The requirements are as follows:
    • One course selected from the ethics curriculum (see Course Directory for a list);
    • One seminar (to satisfy the upperclass research and writing requirement); 
    • One applied lawyering skills course (beginning with the J.D. Class of 2013) from a list of applied lawyering skills courses designated as fulfilling this requirement;
    • At least 86 credit hours (beginning with the J.D. Class of 2010); and
    • At least six semesters as a full time law student (taking at least 12 credit hours per semester).
  • Student Practice Requirements. Many states, including both Missouri and Illinois, permit law students to appear in court on certain matters provided that they work for a not-for-profit entity, for the government or in the public service sector and under the supervision of a licensed attorney.  To become certified to appear in this way, students often have to meet certain course and credit hour-related requirements. The requirements for Missouri and Illinois are set forth below:
  • In Missouri the student practice rule is Rule 13.  To be eligible for Rule 13 certification, you must have completed one-half of your required hours for graduation. Missouri considers 43 credit hours to be one-half of 86.  Please note that in certain Law School clinics, Rule 13 certification is strongly preferred.The Illinois student practice rule is Rule 711.  To qualify to practice under Rule 711, you must have received credit for three-fifths of the total credit hours required for graduation, which is 52 credits at Washington University School of Law.
  • Pre-Requisites, Co-Requisites, Etc.  Certain classes have requirements that must be taken concurrently or that must be met before a student can enroll in them.  Other classes have course-related recommendations and/or give preference to students who have taken certain other courses.  These classes, together with their pre- and co-requisites, recommendations, and preferences are listed below. Students should thoroughly read the course descriptions in the Course Directory for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information, and should communicate directly with the professor if there are any questions regarding the pre/co-requisites or recommendations.  Students are responsible for making sure they’ve fulfilled any pre/co-requisites and recommended courses. 
  • Classes with Pre- or Co-Requisites:

    Advanced Practical Criminal Procedure: need Evidence as a pre-or co-requisite.
    Advanced Trial Advocacy: need Trial Practice as a pre-requisite.
    Advanced Trial Advocacy: Catastrophic Injuries: Medical Malpractice: Trial Practice is a pre-requisite.
    Business Acquisitions: need Corporations as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Business Planning and Drafting: need Corporations as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Civil Justice Clinic: need Evidence and a course from the Ethics Curriculum as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Civil Rights and Community Justice Clinic: need a course in the Ethics Curriculum as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Corporate Finance Planning & Drafting: need Corporations as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Family Wealth Planning and Drafting: need Estate & Gift Taxation as a pre-requisite (in addition, see recommendation list below).
    Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic: need Administrative Law and Environmental Law as pre- or co-requisites.
    International Moot Court Team: need International Law or International Legal Process as a pre- or co- requisite.
    Judicial Clerkship: need course from the ethics curriculum as a pre- or co-requisite.  Note: some Courts also demand that students have legal writing experience or have demonstrated scholastic excellence.
    Securities Law, Litigation and Arbitration: need Securities Regulation as a pre- or co- requisite
    Securities Regulation: need Corporations as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Theory of the Firm & Corporate Governance Seminar: need Corporations as a pre-requisite.
    Trial Practice & Procedure: need Evidence as a pre-requisite.   

    Classes that Encourage or Give Preference to Students Who Have Taken Other Courses:

    Business Acquisitions: It would be helpful to have had or be enrolled in Federal Income Tax.
    Censorship and Free Expression: An introductory Intellectual Property course is recommended but not required.
    Civil Justice Clinic: Family Law is preferred but NOT required.
    Civil Rights and Community Justice Clinic: in addition to pre- or co-requisites (see above), the following courses are highly recommended and may affect priority of placement: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Litigation Theory and Practice, Individual Rights and the Constitution  Evidence, ADR, and Immigration Law.
    Corporate Taxation: It is strongly recommended that students have had or are enrolled in Federal Income Taxation.
    Congressional/Administrative Law Clinic: must be taken in conjunction with Ethics in Lawyering in Government.  Administrative Law is highly recommended.
    Criminal Justice Clinic: preference will be given to students who have taken Evidence, Pretrial, Trial and/or a course from the ethics curriculum, CJA I or CJA II.  Third year students receive preference.
    Entertainment Law Planning & Drafting: taking Introduction to IP law, Trademarks & Unfair Competition and/or Copyright and Related Rights is recommended but NOT required.
    Estate and Gift Tax: Prior study in Federal Income Tax, Future Interests, Trust and Estates and Property would be helpful but is not a prerequisite.
    Family Law: this course is conducted on the assumption that students have taken or are taking Constitutional Law II or a similar course on individual constitutional rights and liberties.
    Family Wealth Planning and Drafting:   in addition to pre- or co- requisite (see above), Trust & Estates is recommended but NOT required.
    Intellectual Property Litigation: students wll find it helpful to have had or be enrolled in Evidence, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Copyright and Related Rights and/or Patent Law.
    Intellectual Property Moot Court-Patent & Copyrights: preference will be given to students who have taken or are enrolled in patent- or copyright-related courses.
    Intellectual Property Moot Court-Trademarks & Unfair Competition: preference will be given to students who have taken or are enrolled in trademark-related courses.
    International Courts and Tribunals-Practice and Procedure: Although not required it would be helpful to have taken International Law or International Legal Process.
    International Intellectual Property Law Seminar: Previous introductory IP course work is strongly recommended.
    Internet Law: It is highly recommended that students have taken or be concurrently enrolled in Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Copyright and Related Rights and Trademark Practice.
    Legal Issues in Reality and Non-Fiction Works: Students are strongly encouraged to have taken or be enrolled in either Trademarks and Unfair Competition or Copyright and Related Rights.
    Pass-Through Business Tax: Federal Income Tax is not a pre-requisite for this course but it is highly desirable to take Federal Income Tax before taking this course.
    Patent Drafting: a background in science or engineering is highly recommended.  Pretrial Practice & Procedure: Employment Litigation: classes in Ethics, Evidence, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination are recommended but NOT required.
    Reorganization Seminar: Bankruptcy in not required but is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
    Theory of Property Rights: It would be helpful if the student has taken one class in Price Theory or Micro-Economics.
    Trademark Practice: Enrollment in or completion of Trademarks & Unfair Competition is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

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    updated 10/28/10