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Graduation Requirements

For Friends and Family

Please see Graduation Information for information about spring convocation and graduation ceremonies.

For Students

The School of Law graduates students in February, May and October. Students planning to graduate in May must submit a Graduation Application in February. Students planning to graduate in February or October should contact the Registrar.

Each candidate for the Juris Doctor degree must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Attain satisfactory completion of not fewer than 90 credit hours consisting of not less than 58,000 minutes of instruction time in residence;
  2. Earn credit in each of the required courses: Civil Procedure (I & II), Constitutional Law (I & II), Contracts (I & II), Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Law and Justice, Lawyering Process (I & II), Moot Court, Professional Responsibility, Property (I & II), and Torts (I & II);
  3. Earn credit in at least three core courses: one of either Business Organizations I, Business Organizations II, Commercial Law (UCC), or Federal Taxation; one of either Administrative Law, Family Law or Wills and Estates; and one of either Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts or Remedies;
  4. Earn credit in at least two (2) semesters of seven (7) credit client service clinical courses, at least one of which is a direct client service clinic;
  5. Achieve satisfactory completion of the two-part Upper Level Writing Requirement;
  6. Achieve satisfactory completion of 40 hours of community service;
  7. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and
  8. Satisfy all financial obligations to the School of Law.
These standards are explained more fully in the Student Handbook.
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