Degree Requirements

Credit Hours

Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Law (J.D.) must satisfactorily complete seventy-eight (78) weeks of law study, eighty- four (84) semester credit hours, and 6 full semesters. The program and course of study must be completed no earlier than 24 months and no later than 60 months after commencement of all law study.

Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. To request permission to register for fewer than this, a student must petition using the Exception to Hours Form. To be considered full-time in the Law School, a student must enroll in at least 10 credit hours each semester, 9 of which must be in the Law School. The Law School does not have a part-time program.

First Year Program

Required first year courses are the following:

Fall CoursesCreditsSpring CoursesCredits
Civil Procedure 3Civil Procedure 3
Constitutional Law4Criminal Law3
Contracts4Elective3 or 4

Upper Class Courses

Particular upper-class courses are not required, but prior to graduation, a student must complete the writing requirement, one or more experiential learning course(s) totaling at least 6 credit hours, and a course of at least 2 credits in professional responsibility. Students may not satisfy more than one of these requirements with a single course. See ABA Standard 303(a) and Interpretation 303(1).