Degree Requirements

The J.D. Program

To receive the J.D. degree, a student must be in residence for nine full quarters, must maintain satisfactory academic standing, and must complete 105 course hours. To qualify for residence for a full quarter, a student must take and complete nine or more course hours in the quarter. A student must complete a course in professional responsibility and must receive credit for two substantial pieces of writing beyond those required in the first-year course in Legal Research and Writing.

All courses are elective after the first year with the exception of 1) a professional responsibility course that all students must take, and 2) one or more of the skills courses or clinics provided in the list approved by the Law School's Committee on Professional Skills Development. Both the professional responsibility course and the skills course must be taken prior to graduation in order to meet requirements set by the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association. 

Requirements Summary: 

The LL.M. or M.Comp.L. Program 

The LL.M. or M.Comp.L. degree is awarded to students who have been in residence for three full consecutive academic quarters and have completed their studies with a minimum average of 170. To qualify for residence for a full quarter, the student must take and complete the equivalent of nine or more course hours. Credit for twenty-seven course hours and the maintenance of satisfactory academic standing are necessary to qualify for the degree. 

Requirements Summary:

  • 27 Credits Total
  • 9 Credits Minimum Per Quarter 
  • 170 Minimum Average Grade

 

The J.S.D. and D.Comp.L. Program 

The degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence or of Doctor of Comparative Law will be awarded to students who have been in residence for three full consecutive academic quarters and have submitted a dissertation that is accepted by the faculty as a creditable contribution to legal scholarship.

The dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee within five years after admission to the J.S.D. or D.Comp.L. Programs and must be in publishable form, and must comply with form requirements established by the Graduate Studies Committee and the Dissertation Secretary of the University. Two copies must be deposited with the Committee on Graduate Studies not later than five weeks before the date of the convocation at which the degree is to be awarded.