Minimum Credit Requirement - JD Students

(Effective since Fall 2016)

A J.D. student may seek a one-time waiver of the per-semester credit minimum from an academic advisor for compelling reasons.  See "Permission to Underload" (p. 8 of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook).  A waiver is required for full-time students earning fewer than 10 credits and part-time students earning fewer than 6 credits in a semester.  A student who does not receive approval for a waiver will have their graduation date extended by one semester.

Per-Semester Credit Minimum Waiver Form PDF/WORD

Setting up an appointment with an advisor:  Call the Office of J.D. Academic Services at 202-662-9041 or the Office of the Dean of Students at 202-662-4066, or email the Experiential Education advisors at to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

Financial Aid:  J.D. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in the Fall or Spring to remain eligible for financial aid.  Students borrowing federal loans should review the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and/or talk with a financial aid advisor to discuss any questions related to the specific application of the policy.

Student Health Insurance:  Students registered for fewer than 8 credits in a Fall semester may not be eligible for Student Health Insurance.  Students should review the information found on the Student Health Insurance website and email with any questions.

International Students:  Students on F-1 student visas, who must complete their degree in three years, should consult with the Visa Coordinator.

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