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JD Degree and Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the Class of 2019 and 2020

Graduation Requirements

The degree of Juris Doctor (JD) will be awarded to candidates who have:

  1. successfully met the course requirements for graduation, set forth infra;
  2. successfully completed 85 semester credits;
  3. achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at the time of graduation;
  4. been in full-time residence (at least 9 credits) for 5 semesters;
  5. completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the law school;
  6. successfully completed 61 credit hours of “in-class” coursework1;  and
  7. fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

 

Required Courses for Graduation

Students who matriculated in May 2016 or later have the following course requirements to be eligible to graduate:

  1. Required Core Courses
    1. LAW 550S Torts: 4 credits
    2. LAW 552S Contracts: 4 credits
    3. LAW 554S Civil Procedure: 4 credits
    4. LAW 565S Legal Methods I: 3 credits
    5. LAW 568S Introduction to Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling: 1 credit
    6. LAW 558S Criminal Law: 4 credits
    7. LAW 560S Constitutional Law: 5 credits
    8. LAW 566S Legal Methods II: 3 credits
    9. LAW 830S Professional Responsibility: 3 credits
    10. LAW 556S Property: 4 credits
  2. Additional Required Courses
    1. Upper-Level Writing Requirement: At least one legal writing course designated in the registration materials as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement [WUL], or an approved and qualifying Law Review note.
    2. Statutory Requirement: At least one Statutory course, as designated in the registration materials.
    3. Professional Practice Requirement: One co-op (regular or intensive), or one clinic (field or in-house).
  3. Requirements for Concentrations

    The Kline School of Law offers optional concentrations in four areas: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Concentration requirements are listed on the school’s website, at http://drexel.edu/law/academics/concentrations/. If you have any questions about a concentration, please contact the appropriate concentration director:

    Business and Entrepreneurship Law
    Prof. Karl Okamoto, ko54@drexel.edu, 215.571.4761
    Criminal Law
    Prof. Emily Zimmerman, ebz23@drexel.edu, 215.571.4713
    Health Law
    Prof. Barry Furrow, brf26@drexel.edu, 215.571.4706
    Intellectual Property Law
    Prof. Amy Landers, amy.l.landers@drexel.edu, phone 215.571.4795

 


1. The following are not considered in-class coursework: the experiential component of co-ops and the Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Entrepreneurial clinics; independent study, Student-Faculty Colloquium, and Field Practicum courses; courses not offered by a law school; and co-curricular programs such as Law Review; Moot Court; Trial Team, and Transactional Competition Team. The Appellate Litigation Clinic and Community Lawyering Clinic are considered in-class credits.
 

Requirements for the Class of 2017 and 2018

Graduation Requirements

The degree of Juris Doctor (JD) will be awarded to candidates who have:

  1. successfully met the course requirements for graduation, set forth infra;
  2. successfully completed 85 semester credits;
  3. achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at the time of graduation;
  4. been in full-time residence (at least 9 credits) for 5 semesters;
  5. completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
  6. successfully completed 61 credit hours of “in-class” coursework1;  and
  7. fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

 

Required Courses for Graduation

  1. Required Core Courses
    1. LAW 550S Torts: 4 credits
    2. LAW 552S Contracts: 4 credits
    3. LAW 554S Civil Procedure: 4 credits
    4. LAW 565S Legal Methods I: 3 credits
    5. LAW 568S Introduction to Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (one-week course): 1 credit
    6. LAW 558S Criminal Law: 4 credits
    7. LAW 560S Constitutional Law: 5 credits
    8. LAW 566S Legal Methods II: 3 credits
    9. LAW 830S Professional Responsibility: 3 credits
    10. LAW 556S Property: 4 credits
    11. LAW XXXS First-Year Elective Course2: 2 credits
  2. Additional Required Courses
    1. Upper-Level Writing Requirement: At least one legal writing course designated by the registration materials as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement [WUL], or an approved and qualifying Law Review note.
    2. At least one Skills course, as designated by the registration materials. 
    3. Statutory Requirement: At least one Statutory course, as designated by the registration materials.
    4. Professional Practice Requirement: One co-op (regular or intensive), or one clinic (field or in-house). This requirement is effective for all students matriculating in 2014 or later, with the exception of students matriculating into the 2-Year Accelerated JD in May 2014.
  3. Requirements for Concentrations

    The School of Law offers optional concentrations in four areas: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Concentration requirements are listed on the school’s website, at http://drexel.edu/law/academics/concentrations/. If you have any questions about a concentration, please contact the appropriate concentration director:

    Business and Entrepreneurship Law
    Prof. Karl Okamoto, ko54@drexel.edu, 215.571.4761
    Criminal Law
    Prof. Emily Zimmerman, ebz23@drexel.edu, 215.571.4713
    Health Law
    Prof. Barry Furrow, brf26@drexel.edu, 215.571.4706
    Intellectual Property Law
    Prof. Amy Landers, amy.l.landers@drexel.edu, phone 215.571.4795

 


1. The following are not considered in-class coursework:  the experiential component of co-ops and the Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Entrepreneurial clinics; independent study and Student-Faculty Colloquium courses (i.e., LAW 800S and 801S); courses not offered by a law school; and co-curricular programs such as Law Review; Moot Court; and Trial Team.  The Appellate Litigation Clinic and Community Lawyering Clinic are considered in-class credits.

2.The Senior Associate Dean of Students may waive this course requirement for students who transfer in after their first year.

Requirements for the Class of 2015 and 2016

Graduation Requirements

The degree of Juris Doctor (JD) will be awarded to candidates who have:

  1. successfully met the course requirements for graduation, set forth infra;
  2. successfully completed 85 semester credits;
  3. achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at the time of graduation;
  4. been in full-time residence (at least 9 credits) for 5 semesters;
  5. completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
  6. successfully completed 61 credit hours of “in-class” coursework1;  and
  7. fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.


      Required Courses for Graduation

      1. Required Core Courses

        • LAW 550S Torts: 4 credits
        • LAW 552S Contracts: 4 credits
        • LAW 554S Civil Procedure: 4 credits
        • LAW 565S Legal Methods I: 3 credits
        • LAW 568S Introduction to Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (one-week course): 1 credit
        • LAW 558S Criminal Law: 4 credits
        • LAW 560S Constitutional Law: 5 credits
        • LAW 566S Legal Methods II: 3 credits
        • LAW 830S Professional Responsibility: 3 credits
        • LAW 556S Property: 4 credits

      2. Additional Required Courses

        1. At least one legal writing course designated as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement [WUL], as indicated by the course materials.

        2. At least one Skills course, as indicated by the course materials.

        3. At least one Statutory course, as indicated by the course materials. 

      3. Requirements for Concentrations

        • The School of Law offers optional concentrations in four areas: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law and Intellectual Property Law. Concentration requirements can be found here. If you have any questions about a concentration, please contact the appropriate concentration director:

          • Criminal Law
            TBD
          • Business and Entrepreneurship Law
            Prof. Karl Okamoto, ko54@drexel.edu, 215.571.4761
          • Health Law
            Prof. Barry Furrow, brf26@drexel.edu, 215.571.4706
          • Intellectual Property Law
            Dean Daniel Filler (interim director), dmf55@drexel.edu, 215.571.4705

      1The following are not considered in-class coursework: the field component of co-ops; the practice component of field clinics and the practice component of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic; independent study and Student-Faculty Colloquium courses (e.g. LAW 800S and 801S); courses not offered by a law school; and co-curricular programs such as Law Review; Moot Court; and Trial Team. In-house clinics are considered in-class credits.

       

      Requirements for the Class of 2014

      The degree of Juris Doctor (JD) will be awarded to candidates who have:

      1. have successfully met the course requirements for graduation, set forth infra;
      2. have successfully completed 85 semester credits;
      3. have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at the time of graduation;
      4. have been in full‐time residence (at least 9 credits) for 5 semesters;
      5. have completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
      6. have successfully completed 61 credit hours of “in‐class” coursework1; and
      7. have fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

      First Year Required Courses

      • LAW 550S Torts (4 cr)
      • LAW 552S Contracts (4 cr)
      • LAW 554S Civil Procedure (4 cr)
      • LAW 558S Criminal Law (4 cr)
      • LAW 560S Constitutional Law (5 cr)
      • LAW 565S Legal Methods I (3 cr)
      • LAW 566S Legal Methods II (3 cr)
      • LAW 568S Intro to Interviewing, Negotiation & Counseling (1 cr)

      Upper Level Required Courses

      • LAW 830S Professional Responsibility (3 cr)
      • LAW 556S: Property (4 cr)
      • At least one legal writing course designated as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement [WUL], as indicated by the course materials
      • At least one Skills course, as indicated by the course materials
      • At least one Statutory course, as indicated by the course materials

      1The following are not considered in-class coursework: the field component of co-ops; the practice component of field clinics and the practice component of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic; independent study and Student-Faculty Colloquium courses (e.g. LAW 800S and 801S); courses not offered by a law school; and co-curricular programs such as Law Review; Moot Court; and Trial Team. In-house clinics are considered in-class credits.