Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) are required to complete at least 86 semester hours of credit, including all first-year required courses and Professional Responsibility, and fulfill the Upperclass Writing Requirement. Beginning with the Fall 2008 incoming class, at least one upper class skills course is required. The degree is awarded upon recommendation by the faculty of the law school. Eligibility for the degree requires compliance with all rules and regulations, which are set out in the Student Regulations Handbook provided to each student at the beginning of the academic year. For students' general guidance, however, the requirements to obtain the Juris Doctor degree are summarized here.
To meet the attendance requirement of the American Bar Association for admission to the bar, a full-time student must complete the degree requirements by regular attendance for six semesters of a minimum of 10 credits per semester and a maximum of 16 credits per semester. A part-time student must complete the degree requirements by regular attendance for eight semesters of a minimum of 8 credits per semester and a maximum of 12 credits per semester.