Office of the Law School Registrar
Requirements for the J.D. Degree
1) Course Requirements - The candidate for the J.D. degree must complete
the following required courses:
A) All first year courses prescribed for the year in which the candidate
B) One course from the Ethics Curriculum; and
C) One Seminar
2) Academic and Residence Credit and Averages - Candidates for the J.D.
A) Earn a total of 85 or more credit hours;
B) Earn a cumulative and a yearly grade point average of at
least 75 based upon all courses taken, whether or not credit is earned;
C) Complete 6 semesters of residence. In order to obtain residence
credit for a semester, a candidate must examine* in a minimum of 12
hours of work and must obtain final credit in a minimum of 10 hours
of work. Partial residency may be given for summer school course work.
* For courses in which no examination is given (e.g.,
seminars, supervised research, clinical courses, etc.), "examine in" should
be read to mean "completed."