JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION*

Students Entering in the Fall of 2014 and Thereafter

1. Successful completion of 88 academic credits.
2. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.33 or above.
3. Successful completion of all required courses taken in sequence.
4. Successful completion of 6 experiential learning credits.
5. Successful completion of 5 units of writing skills.
6. Successful completion of 20 hours of pro bono law.
7. Student must be in good standing.

Students Entering in the Fall of 2013

1. Successful completion of 88 academic credits.
2. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.00 or above.
3. Successful completion of all required courses taken in sequence.
4. Successful completion of 5 units of professional skills.
5. Successful completion of 5 units of writing skills.
6. Successful completion of 20 hours of pro bono law.
7. Student must be in good standing.

Students Entering Before Fall 2013

1. Successful completion of 88 academic credits.
2. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.00 or above.
3. Successful completion of all required courses taken in sequence.
4. Successful completion of 1 professional skills course (qualifying courses will begin with prefix LAWS or QWCS).
5. Successful completion of 1 qualified writing course (qualifying courses will begin with prefix QWC or QWCS).
6. Successful completion of 20 hours of pro bono law.
7. Student must be in good standing.

Students entering in the fall of 2013 or before have the option to satisfy Juris Doctor Degree Requirements from the requirements listed under Students Entering the Fall of 2013 or Students Entering in the Fall of 2014 and Thereafter. Approval from Associate Dean of Academics Affairs is required.

Pro Bono Requirement

Any student who began their law studies in fall 2012 or thereafter must complete 20 hours of pro bono law­‐related service in the period between the end of the first semester of law school and the beginning of their last semester of law school.

Pro bono service must be both uncompensated and not for academic credit. For purposes of this requirement, pro bono service is defined as the provision of law‐related services to: (1) Persons of limited means, (2) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means, (3) individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, (4) charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources, (5) activities for improving access to the law, improving the legal system or improving the legal profession, and (6) educational activities for improving the public’s understanding of the law, the legal system, or the legal profession. All pro bono placements must be pre-­approved by the Office of Career Services to receive credit towards this requirement. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is authorized to grant variances from the time limitations for completion of the pro bono requirement, but not the requirement itself, in cases of substantial hardship or exceptional merit. Further details about the pro bono requirement are available at the Office of Career Services. Students are responsible for checking Pro Bono requirements in the state(s) in which they plan to take the bar exam after graduation.

* Please refer to the Academic Standards section of the Student Handbook for complete details.

   
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