Juris Doctor (J.D.) Requirements

Each applicant is advised that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and the applicant is encouraged, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which you intend to practice.   

Graduation Requirements: 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:

*67 credits have to be earned by completing  “regularly scheduled class sessions at the law school” (Law Classroom Units or LCUs) – click here to view courses that do and do not count towards this 67 credit requirement (stated another way, students who graduate exactly with the required 86 credits must not take more than 19 credits outside this category.)

**Based on all courses taken, whether or not credit is earned.

Graduation Rate: For the entering class of 2008, 94.4% of the students graduated in 2011. When adjusted for students transferring into and out of our institution, the graduation rate was 98.1%.

First-Year Courses

Click here for a more detailed list of JD course requirements.

  • Civil Procedure (4 credits) 
  • Constitutional Law I (4 credits) 
  • Contracts (4 credits) 
  • Criminal Law (4 credits) 
  • Legal Practice I: Objective Analysis and Reasoning (2 credits) [view site
  • Legal Practice II: Advocacy (2 credits) [view site
  • Legal Research Methodologies (1 credit for year; posted to spring semester)
  • Negotiation (1 credit) 
  • Property (4 credits) 
  • Torts (4 credits) 

Upper-level Courses

Upper-level students fulfill the remaining 56 credit hours by tailoring their studies to fit their individual interests. With the exception of the upper-class writing requirement, and the required completion of an ethics and applied lawyering skills courses, students choose their own courses. Faculty members and administrators provide guidance about course selection. Students are encouraged to take courses from the following areas: clinical education & trial advocacy program; corporate, commercial & business law; intellectual property; and international law.