Graduation Requirements

  1. Required Courses

    1. The following first-year courses are required for graduation:
      • Civil Procedure
      • Contracts
      • Criminal Law
      • Introduction to Legal Research & Writing
      • Introduction to Advocacy
      • Perspectives on Law or Legislation & Regulation
      • Property
      • Structures of the Constitution
      • Torts
    2. The following second- or third-year course is required for graduation:
      • Professional Responsibility
    3. Each student is required to prepare during his or her second or third year a substantial paper of satisfactory quality. Details are listed in the Curriculum Section, Section II.G.
    4. Each student must fulfill the Professional Skills Requirement. Details are listed in the Curriculum Section, Section II.H.
  2. Credit Hours

  3. The number of credits required for graduation is 90. Credits for a course repeated under Section III.F will be counted only once toward the number of credits required for graduation.

    A maximum of 4 hours of Directed Research will be allowed toward graduation.

    A maximum of 21 hours of cumulative credit will be allowed toward graduation for courses of the types listed in ABA Standard 311, Interpretation 311-1(b). These courses currently include Externships, Clinical Alliances, Co-Curriculars, courses involving other moot court or trial advocacy competitions, and credits received in non-law classes, including joint degree credits. The Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum is authorized each year to determine which courses currently offered fall under this limitation, and courses shall be designated as such on student registration materials.

    A maximum of 12 hours of Clinical Alliance (780R) and Externship (599R) credits will be allowed toward graduation, subject to the exception for full-time externships outside the state of Utah in a program approved by the law school in Section II.I.2.H.4.

    A maximum of 6 hours of Co-Curricular credit from Law 792R and Law 793R will be allowed toward graduation.

  4. Residence/Years of Study

  5. The course of study for the J.D. degree may be completed no earlier than five fall or winter semesters and no later than 60 months after a student has commenced law study at an ABA approved law school. A student may petition the Dean’s designee for an exception to the 60-month maximum time limit, but the decision to grant or deny such petition, or to impose conditions, shall be final. In no event may the Dean’s designee approve the completion of a law degree later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study. A University rule requires that during the final semester or term before graduation a graduate student must either register or pay an equivalent registration fee to the Office of Graduate Studies for at least 2 semester hours of credit.

  6. Grade-point Average

  7. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.7 is required for graduation.

  8. Employment During School

  9. A student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours. More generally, students should avoid employment that would detract from their course work. Given the foundational nature of the first two semesters of law school, students are strongly discouraged from engaging in employment during these semesters.

  10. Graduation Interview

  11. A graduation interview must be held with the Law School Registrar four months prior to graduation.

  12. Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

  13. It is permissible for students who expect to complete their graduation requirements after the spring convocation to participate in the ceremonies either before or after that completion. However, a student cannot participate in spring graduation ceremonies before his or her graduation unless there is a good faith expectation that graduation will occur no later than the following December.