Doctor of Jurisprudence

To qualify for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD), a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student must have completed a period of resident study equivalent to at least three academic years.
  2. The student must have completed and passed all courses required by the faculty of the School of Law at the time of the student's initial enrollment, except those that have been removed from the list of required courses since the student's initial enrollment. The student must pass at least one seminar as described in the section "Seminars" on the Curriculum page.
  3. Eighty-six semester hours are required for graduation. With the permission of the dean, a student may enroll in a course in another school or college of the University. To count toward graduation from the School of Law, the course must be related to a course of study offered in the School of Law. If the course is in a foreign language, it may be either undergraduate or graduate; in all other fields, only graduate courses may be counted. (Except in the College of Pharmacy and the School of Law, graduate courses at the University are identified by numbers with "8" or "9" as the second digit.) No more than 12 semester hours of such work may be counted. Students who complete undergraduate foreign language courses may apply one credit hour toward the JD degree per two and a half credit hours earned.
  4. Dual degree students must have 65 regularly scheduled law courses completed to graduate, not including: Directed Research and Study, Internships, Advanced Clinic, and non-law courses.
  5. The student must have a grade point average of at least 1.90 on all work taken in the School of Law.


Required First-Year Courses

Required Advanced Courses

  • One of the following:

Law 251K or 351KCriminal Procedure: Investigation
Law 270M or 370MCriminal Procedure: Prosecution

Law 283C or 383C, Criminal Procedure: Bail to Jail

Law 278R or 378R, Capital Punishment
Law 181C281C381C, or 481CConstitutional Law II

  • Law 285 or 385Professional Responsibility
  • Law 397SLaw Seminar: Writing
  • Six credits from a list of experiential learning courses approved each semester by the Dean
  • Such other courses as the Dean and Faculty of the School of Law may specify