Academic requirements are described in the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies and can be found at the following links below:
JD Program Degree Requirements (starting at p. 3 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook - Juris Doctor Degree Requirements)
J.D. Degree Requirements
In order to earn a J.D. degree, a student must successfully complete the following academic requirements:
o Students who matriculated at the Law Center in August 2008 or thereafter: 85 credits;
o Successful completion of all required first-year courses:
Curriculum A: Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law I: The Federal System;
Contracts; Criminal Justice*; Legal Research and Writing; Property; Torts; a
course designated as meeting the first-year elective requirement**; Week One:
Law in a Global Context**.
Curriculum B: Bargain, Exchange, and Liability; Democracy and Coercion;
Government Processes; Legal Justice Seminar; Legal Practice, Writing, and
Analysis; Legal Process and Society; Property in Time; Week One – Law in a
o A minimum of 54 academic credits must be earned at the Law Center;
o A course in Professional Responsibility;
o A course designated as meeting the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement;
o The Required Time in Residence requirement (or the "residency requirement");
o A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00/4.00 in Law Center courses.
*Students who transfer to the Law Center after their first year are not required to complete
Criminal Justice. However, Criminal Justice or Criminal Procedure is a prerequisite for clinics
and some upperclass courses.
**Students who transfer to the Law Center after their first year are not required to take a course
designated as meeting the first-year elective or Week One: Law in a Global Context.
Please schedule an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor, in the Office of J.D.
Academic Services, at 202-662-9041 or 352 McDonough Hall, for course scheduling assistance
and to discuss your plans to complete your degree requirements.
LL.M. Program Degree Requirements (starting at p. 39 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook)