Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
LAW 501Foundations of Law2
LAW 505Contracts I3
LAW 506Contracts II3
LAW 511Torts I3
LAW 512Torts II2
LAW 515Property I2
LAW 516Property II3
LAW 521Civil Procedure I3
LAW 522Civil Procedure II2
LAW 525Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 526Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 531Constitutional Law I3
LAW 532Constitutional Law II3
LAW 535Criminal Law3
LAW 541Criminal Procedure3
LAW 545Evidence 13
LAW 561Business Associations4
LAW 565Professional Responsibility 22
LAW 571Lawyering Skills III2
LAW 572Lawyering Skills IV2
LAW 575Wills, Trusts & Estates3
LAW 591Taxation of Individuals 33
LAW 595Law Skills V - Trial Advocacy3
Total Hours62

Must be taken in the second year


Must be taken in the second year or during intensive session


Must be taken fall or spring semester of second year or fall semester of third year

Lawyering Skills VI
Choose one of the following:2-3
Estate Planning 1
Business Planning 1
Real Estate Transactions & Dev
Public Policy Lawyering Skills
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy 1
Constitutional Litigation Clinic
Total Hours2-3

This course will be applied to both the Lawyering Skills VI section and the Second Writing Requirement.

Free Electives
Choose 19-24 credit hours of LAW Electives19-24
Total Hours19-24
Jurisprudence Requirement2-3
Choose one of the following:
Jurisprudence 1
Law and Economics
Legal History 1
Total Hours2-3

This course will be applied to both the Jurisprudence Requirement and the Second Writing Requirement.

Second Writing Requirement 1
LAW Elective0-3
Total Hours0-3

The following courses can fulfill this requirement: LAW 581 Jurisprudence (3 c.h.), LAW 585 Legal History (3 c.h.), LAW 605 Children & the Law Seminar (2 c.h.), LAW 621 Estate Planning (3 c.h.), LAW 645 Business Planning (3 c.h.), LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits (2 c.h.), LAW 665 Entertainment Law (2 c.h.), LAW 705 1st Amendment Seminar (2 c.h.), LAW 725 School Law Seminar (2 c.h.), LAW 732 Race and the Law (2 c.h.), LAW 743 International Human Rights (3 c.h.), LAW 745 International Business Transactions (2 c.h.), LAW 747 Immigration Law (2 c.h.), LAW 755 Bioethics and the Law (3 c.h.), LAW 761 Public Policy Survey (2 c.h.), LAW 781 Employment Law (3 c.h.), LAW 831 Appellate Advocacy (2 c.h.), or LAW 871 Independent Study (1-3 c.h.)

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 90 hours
  • Of the 90 credits required for graduation, no more than 12 credits may be through independent studies, clinics, externships (maximum of 4 credits may be applied towards graduation) and co-curricular activities
  • The completion of six semesters (excludes both summer and inter-term sessions) in residence (or equivalent) as a full-time student
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years

Program Offered in Residential Format

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