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J.D. Degree Requirements

To earn a J.D. degree a student must:

  1. Earn at least 88 credits, including all first-year required courses. The maximum number of credits permitted per semester is 17.
     
  2. Be in residence for six semesters.  To be in residence, the student must enroll in at least 12 credits, at full tuition, and not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester.  Credits earned through the Semester in Washington Program, the Semester in Harrisburg Program and the International Justice Externship Program and authorized Penn State Law semester-long study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.  Credits earned during the summer months may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
     
  3. A first-year student who receives an F in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I may not enroll in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II and must repeat Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I the following academic year. A first-year student who receives an F in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II loses credit for Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I, irrespective of his or her grade in that course, and must repeat Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I and II the following academic year.
     
  4. Complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course.
     
  5. Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility
     
  6. Complete with a grade of at least a C one course designated as a Professional Skills course.
     
  7. Each student is responsible for fulfilling the above graduation requirements.  Students should track their academic record and progress using the Degree Audit on e-Lion, and should seek clarification as needed from the faculty, deans, registrar and other administrative personnel.


Complete List of Required Courses

Semesters of Residence