Graduation Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE

    • To be eligible for the award of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, a student must:
    • Successfully complete all required courses;
    • Successfully complete at least 90 semester credit hours of course work;
    • No more than 30 semester credit hours may be earned at any other law school;
    • Satisfy the upper-level writing requirement;
    • Satisfy the experiential learning requirement;
    • Earn a cumulative and semester grade point average of 2.00 or higher;
      • Successfully complete at least 64 credits hours in courses that require attendance in Regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction; and
    • Be approved by the College of Law faculty.

REQUIRED COURSES

All students must pass all the courses and requirements listed below:

    • Business Organizations
    • Civil Procedure I & II
    • Constitutional Law I & II
    • Contracts I & II
    • Criminal Law
    • Evidence
    • Experiential Courses (Simulation Courses, Law Clinics or Field Placement) *
    • Introduction to Analytical Skills I & II
    • Legal Research and Writing I & II
    • Professional Responsibility
    • Property I & II
    • Torts I & II
    • Upper-Level Writing Requirement** Graduation Requirement

*EXPERIENTIAL COURSES REQUIREMENT

All students entering are required to satisfactory complete one or more experiential courses totaling at least six (6) credit hours. An experiential course must be a simulation course, a law clinic, or a field placement. A student may therefore satisfy this experiential course requirement by participating in and satisfactorily completing either one of several available clinical offerings or by successfully completing six (6) credits or courses designated as experiential courses or any courses the Dean or the Dean’s designee may certify as experiential course(s), Field placements (“internships”) for credit also count toward the experiential course requirement.

Designated Experiential Courses:
    • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Advanced Trial Practice
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Contract Drafting
    • Domestic Violence Workshop
    • Environmental Practice Workshop
    • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
    • Law Office Management
    • Mediation Theory and Practice
    • Pretrial Practice Workshop
    • Trial Practice

** UPPER-LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT

In addition to completing the required courses, students must satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

All students must complete the Upper-Level Writing Requirement as a part of a two (2)-credit seminar or approved two (2)-credit independent research project. A Florida A&M University College of Law full-time faculty member must supervise independent research projects. The faculty certification must be approved in the semester the grade is recorded for the seminar or independent research project.

In order to satisfy the requirement, the research paper must be a minimum of twenty-five (25) pages in length including footnotes; earn a grade of B- or above; and the paper must meet all of the standards listed below, as certified by the full-time faculty supervisor of the paper in the semester the paper is to be completed:

    • Significant analytical paper;
    • Reflects substantial legal research;
    • Contains original thought;
    • Displays proper writing style; and
    • Uses correct citation form.

The Upper-Level Writing Requirement may not be satisfied at any other institution under any circumstances.