Juris Doctor (JD)

The Juris Doctor (J.D.), or law degree, is a three year post-baccalaureate program. Students must complete 89 credit hours of law courses, roughly one-half of which are required courses.

Upon favorable recommendation of the Faculty of Law, the degree of Juris Doctor will be conferred upon a student who:

  1. Has pursued, in residence, the full-time study of law for at least three academic years (or the equivalent), two of which must have been completed in this School. A full-time student is one who is registered for credit in 12 or more hours in a semester or six or more hours in a summer session. A student registered for less than 12 hours in a semester or less than six in two summer sessions, will receive proportional residence credit. The maximum number of residency credits obtainable in any one summer session shall be seven, provided that for purposes of accelerated graduation (in less than three academic years) no more than twelve residency credits may be obtained in summer sessions.
  2. Has received a passing grade in all required courses, except required courses which have been waived.
  3. Has received passing grades in law courses aggregating at least 89 credits and has a numerical grade point average of at least 77.5; and
  4. Has received an undergraduate degree before or concurrently with his or her graduation from law school.
  5. Has pursued a course of study for no fewer than 24 months and, only in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after having commenced law study at the School of Law or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit, pursuant to ABA Standard 311.