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The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Program

The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) is the degree required for admission to the bar in nearly all U.S. states and territorial jurisdictions. The J.D. program is designed to provide a general background in law. The law school curriculum is broad enough that students may, through their choice of electives, emphasize a particular area of the law. In addition to the certificate programs in business law, health law, and law and science, these areas include the following:

  • Administrative Law,
  • Commercial Law,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Planning,
  • International Law,
  • Judicial Administration and Procedure,
  • Litigation,
  • Property and Estate Planning,
  • Public Interest Law, and
  • Tax Law.

Graduation Requirements

STUDENTS ENTERING IN OR BEFORE FALL 2014: To be eligible for graduation, students must: (a) pass at least 90 semester credit hours (55 of which are required courses); and (b) have a cumulative grade average for all credits taken of 2.000 or better. A student must satisfactorily complete all required courses, an advanced research and writing requirement, and an advanced skills course requirement.

STUDENTS ENTERING IN JULY 2015 to JUNE 2016: To be eligible for graduation, students must: (a) pass at least 90 semester credit hours (55 of which are required courses); and (b) at the time of graduation have a cumulative grade average for all credits taken of 2.250 or better. A student must satisfactorily complete all required courses, an upper level writing requirement, and advanced skills course requirement. Students are also required to complete at least 30 hours of public service. At least 15 hours must be completed in law-related activities; the 15 remaining hours may be completed in either law- or non-law-related activities.

STUDENTS ENTERING IN OR AFTER JULY 2016: To be eligible for graduation, students must: (a) pass at least 90 semester credit hours (55 of which are required courses); and (b) at the time of graduation have a cumulative grade average for all credits taken of 2.250 or better. A student must satisfactorily complete all required courses, an upper level writing requirement, and 6 credit hours of experiential coursework. Students are also required to complete at least 30 hours of public service. At least 15 hours must be completed in law-related activities; the 15 remaining hours may be completed in either law- or non-law-related activities.


Course Load

A student may not take more than 17 or less than 13 hours in the fall and spring semesters without permission from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The School of Law considers 12-hours full time during the fall and spring semesters.

There is no minimum course load requirement for students during a summer session. Students may not register for more than 10 hours over the course of both summer session and no more than 6 hours in one summer term.

For more information, see the Normal Course Load Policy.

The School of Law offers a full-time program. A part-time program is not offered, and classes are held during the day.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is as follows:

A 4.00
B+ 3.50
B 3.00
C+ 2.50
C 2.00
D+ 1.50
D 1.00
F 0.00
CR Credit
NL No Credit
W Withdrew or dropped passing
WF Withdrew Failing

The School of Law does not issue grades of I (Incomplete), P (Pass), or PR (In Progress)