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School of Law Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the Class of 2015 and 2016

Graduation Requirements

The degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) 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 (J.D.) 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.

      Requirements for the Class of 2013

      The degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) will be awarded to candidates who have:

      1. Fulfilled all first year and upper-level course requirements (see below);
      2. Completed 85 semester credits;
      3. Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at time of graduation;
      4. Completed five (5) semesters in residence, i.e., registered for at least nine (9) semester credits;
      5. Completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
      6. Completed 61 semester credits of “in class” coursework1;
      7. Fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

      First Year Required Courses

      • LAW 550 S Torts
      • LAW 552 S Contracts
      • LAW 554 S Civil Procedure
      • LAW 556 S Property
      • LAW 558 S Criminal Law
      • LAW 560 S Constitutional Law
      • LAW 565 S Legal Methods I
      • LAW 566 S Legal Methods II
      • LAW 568 S Intro to Interviewing, Negotiation & Counseling

      Upper Level Required Courses

      • LAW 830 S Professional Responsibility
      • At least one upper-level writing course, marked [WUL] in the registration materials
      • At least one upper-level skill course, marked [Sk] in the registration materials
      • At least one upper-level statutory course, marked [St] in the registration materials

      1 The 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 2012

      The degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) will be awarded to candidates who have:

      1. Fulfilled all first year and upper-level course requirements (see below);
      2. Completed 85 semester credits;
      3. Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at time of graduation;
      4. Completed three (3) quarters and three (3) semesters in residence (i.e., registered for at least nine credits);
      5. Completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
      6. Completed 61 semester credits of “in class” coursework1;
      7. Fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

      First Year Required Courses

      • LAW 601 Legal Methods I
      • LAW 603 Legal Methods II
      • LAW 604 Torts I
      • LAW 605 Torts II
      • LAW 606 Contracts I
      • LAW 607 Contracts II
      • LAW 608 Civil Procedure I
      • LAW 609 Civil Procedure II
      • LAW 610 Property I
      • LAW 611 Property II
      • LAW 612 Criminal Law
      • LAW 614 Constitutional Law I
      • LAW 616 Introduction To Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling

      Upper Level Required Courses

      • Professional Responsibility (LAW 622 or LAW 830 S)
      • At least one upper-level writing course, marked [WUL] in the registration materials
      • At least one upper-level skill course, marked [Sk] in the registration materials
      • At least one upper-level statutory course, marked [St] in the registration materials

      1 The 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 2011

      The degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) will be awarded to candidates who have:

      1. Fulfilled all first year and upper-level course requirements (see below);
      2. Completed 85 semester credits;
      3. Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.20 at time of graduation;
      4. Completed six (6) quarters and one (1) semester in residence (i.e., registered for at least nine credits);
      5. Completed all graduation requirements within 72 months of the date the candidate first matriculated at the School of Law;
      6. Completed 61 semester credits of “in class” coursework1;
      7. Fulfilled 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

      First Year Required Courses

      • LAW 601 Legal Methods I
      • LAW 603 Legal Methods II
      • LAW 604 Torts I
      • LAW 605 Torts II
      • LAW 606 Contracts I
      • LAW 607 Contracts II
      • LAW 608 Civil Procedure I
      • LAW 609 Civil Procedure II
      • LAW 610 Property I
      • LAW 611 Property II
      • LAW 612 Criminal Law
      • LAW 614 Constitutional Law I
      • LAW 616 Introduction To Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling

      Upper Level Required Courses

      • Professional Responsibility (LAW 622 or LAW 830 S)
      • At least two upper-level writing courses, marked [W1], [W2], or [WUL] in the registration materials, at least one of which must be a [W1]
      • At least one upper-level skill course, marked [Sk] in the registration materials
      • At least one upper-level statutory course, marked [St] in the registration materials

      1 The 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.