Graduation Requirements

Requirements For J.D. Degree

To be eligible for the award of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, a student must:

  • Successfully complete at least three academic years of full-time study or at least four academic years of part-time study;
  • Successfully complete all required courses;
  • Successfully complete at least 90 semester credit hours of course work, 60 credits of which must have been completed at this law school;
  • Satisfy all writing requirements;
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.00 for all courses taken; and,
  • Be approved by the College of Law faculty.


All students must complete the following courses and requirements:

  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure I & II
  • Clinical Program or Professional Skills Requirement *
  • Constitutional Law I & II
  • Contracts I & II
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Introduction to Analytical Skills I & II
  • Legal Methods I & II
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property I & II
  • Torts I & II
  • Upper-Level Writing Requirement**


All students are required to obtain substantial instruction in professional skills. A student may satisfy this skills requirement by participating in and satisfactorily completing either one of several available clinical offerings or by successfully completing two of the courses designated as professional skills courses or certified as a professional skills course by the Dean or the Dean’s designee.

  • Advance Appellate Advocacy
  • Advance Legal Research Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Contract Drafting
  • Domestic Violence Workshop
  • Environmental Practice Workshop
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation
  • Law Office Management
  • Mediation Theory & Practice
  • Pre-Trial Practice Workshop
  • Trial Practice
  • Legal Drafting
  • Legislative Drafting


In addition to completing Legal Methods I and Legal Methods II, students must also satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Students may complete the Upper-Level Writing Requirement paper as a part of a seminar or through an approved two-credit independent research project. Independent research projects must be supervised by a member of the full-time faculty who is not a member of the faculty in the Legal Methods Program or the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program. Adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise independent research projects.

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 faculty supervisor of the paper:

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

Under no circumstance can a student satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement without satisfactorily completing Legal Methods I and II.