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    Penn State Law offers dozens of joint degree programs and elective opportunities. The most popular is the J.D./M.B.A. offered with Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

J.D. Program

In academic year 2014-15, Penn State Law will operate as a unified, two-campus law school for current upper level students and first year students entering in August 2014. Beginning with students admitted in fall 2015, the two campuses will operate as separate law schools. The programs described on these pages are part of the unified Penn State Law program.

The J.D. program at Penn State Law is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in University Park, Pennsylvania and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The first-year curriculum and certain upper-level courses are required; all other courses are elective.

Required Courses

First Year- Fall

First Year- Spring

Second or Third Year

Professional Responsibility

Required Professional Skills Course

To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Professional Skills course, in addition to the other J.D. Degree Requirements.

The following courses satisfy the Professional Skills Course graduation requirement:

Required Seminar Course

To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course, in addition to the other J.D. degree Requirements.

All courses designated as "SEM" in the Course Descriptions satisfy the seminar course graduation requirement.