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Graduation Requirements
The following requirements come from the College of Law Faculty Rules. The Rules are found in pertinent part under Academic Regulations here. When in doubt, consult the Rules.

Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete six semesters of full-time law study and 90 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects.  The course of study at the College of Law is designed to be completed in six successive semesters of academic residence or, under an accelerated program, in five semesters and two eight-week summer sessions, allowing graduation in December of the student’s third year.  See the College’s rules on withdrawal and re-admission for further information.

    Normally a student will take 14 to16 credit hours per semester.  A “full-time” course load is no less than 10 hours.

  2. Graduate with a GPA of 2.0 or better

  3. Satisfactorily complete the following required courses

    --All first year courses:  Torts (4 hours), Property (4 hours), Contracts (6 hours), Civil Procedure (6), Criminal Law (3 hours), Constitutional Law I (3 hours), Legal Research and Writing (3 hours 4 hours effective fall 2011).

    --Professional Responsibility

    --Substantial Writing Requirement satisfied through completion of a seminar

    --A Professional Skills offering consisting of at least one of the following:
    824 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
    856 - Business Planning
    906 - Child Advocacy Today Externship*
    973 –Children’s Law Center Externship*
    907 - Civil Pretrial Practice & Procedure
    974 - DPA Externship*
    866 - Estate Planning Skills
    903 – Federal Appellate Advocacy
    971 - Innocence Project Externship
    936 - Intellectual Property Transactions
    926 - International Business Transactions
    964 – Judicial Externship*
    976 - Kentucky Energy/Environment Cabinet Externship*
    972 - Legal Clinic
    826 - Legal Drafting
    821 - Litigation Skills
    825 - Negotiating Process
    967 - Prison Externship*
    965 – Prosecutorial Externship*
    864 - Real Estate Transactions
    970 - U S Attorney’s Office Appellate Section Externship*
    975 – UK Health Care Externship*
    * denotes courses offered on a pass-fail basis

  4. Pass/Fail hours limits:

    -- No more than 6 hours of p/f credits outside the College of Law in other graduate level courses from other University of Kentucky disciplines previously approved by the College of Law faculty. 
    -- No more than 6 hours of pass/fail credits within the College of Law curriculum
    -- No more than a total of 9 hours of pass/fail credits, whether taken outside or inside the College of Law curriculum.

    The requirements for students enrolled in joint degree programs differ in some respects.  Students in joint degree programs must ensure that they meet the degree requirements established by those programs, and should be sure to consult the appropriate officials at the other College in addition to the College of Law. 

    Students who have questions about whether they will meet graduation requirements should contact the Registrar or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

If you have any questions about whether you have fulfilled the requirements to graduate, do not hesitate to see the Registrar or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 


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