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Academic Requirements

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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 on p. 2 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook - Juris Doctor Degree Requirements)
LL.M. Program Degree Requirements (starting on p. 42 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook)

J.D. Degree Requirements

In order to earn a J.D. degree, a student must successfully complete the following academic requirements:

*85 credits; including

  • The required first-year program1,2:

    • Curriculum A: Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law I: The Federal System; Contracts; Criminal Justice*; Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis; Property; Torts; First-Year Elective (courses that meet this requirement are announced in the Fall semester)

    • 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

  • The upperclass legal writing requirement;

  • A course in Professional Responsibility;

  • For students who matriculated at the Law Center in Fall 2016 or later, a minimum of 6 credits must be earned in experiential courses; and

  • A minimum of 54 of these credits must be earned at the Law Center.

*The minimum program length
*A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least a C (2.00/4.00) in Law Center courses

Students are responsible for monitoring their progress to ensure they meet all degree requirements by their anticipated graduation date.  J.D. students approved to visit away or study abroad in their final semester are responsible for ensuring that the Registrar receives all final transcripts by the Law Center's grades deadline; late submission could affect graduation clearance and/or bar exam eligibility.

1Students 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.

2 Optional First-Year Week One Course - All first-year students will have the opportunity to request a seat in an optional, 1-credit simulation course during Week One, which takes place January 9-12, 2017.  A list of Week One courses available to first-year students can be found in the Curriculum Guide and at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/go/weekone.  A lottery will be conducted in the Fall semester for interested students.  Students can learn more and enter the lottery at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/go/weekone.  Enrolled students must attend every class session and are graded on a pass/fail basis.  Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2015 are required to complete the course and if they failed to complete this requirement in their first year, they will be automatically enrolled in their upperclass years.

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.

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