Law

Degree Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

A. Completion of All First Year Courses

B. Second Year Required Courses

Legal Ethics Client Counseling **

C. Seminar Requirement

Every student must successfully complete one seminar.

D. Writing Requirement

Every student must successfully complete a writing requirement. You may select one of the following options: 

  • a casenote or comment for a law review or journal, 
  • the writing requirements for the Intramural Moot Court Competition, 
  • a Drafting course, 
  • an Individual Research Project, or 
  • a second seminar.

E. Classroom Credit Requirement

It is a requirement for graduation that a student complete, in an aggregate of 90 semester hours, at least 77 classroom credit hours. All required and most elective courses and seminars are classified as classroom credit offerings. Non-classroom credit offerings include: Individual Research Project, law reviews and journals, Extern Program field placements, Moot Court, field placements for clinics, and a few other classes.

F. Grade Point Average

You must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate.

G. Residence Period

You must have completed a residence period of three academic years or its equivalent.

** Students may satisfy this requirement by completing the Ohio Innocence Project course sequence in the second year. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking the Domestic Violence & Civil Protection Order Clinic - 2L Experience in the second year (note: this class may not be offered every year).

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

* For first-year and transfer J.D. students entering the College of Law during the 2015/2016 academic year, and transfer J.D. students entering the College of Law during the 2016/2017 academic year.

A. Completion of All First Year Courses

B. Second Year Required Courses Legal Ethics Client Counseling **

C. Seminar Requirement

Every student must successfully complete one seminar.

D. Writing Requirement

Every student must successfully complete one of the following options:

  • a casenote, comment, or a series of shorter works of the same quality and aggregate quantity expected of longer papers for a law review or journal,
  • the writing requirements for the Intramural Moot Court Competition,
  • a Drafting course,
  • an Individual Research Project, or
  • a second seminar.

E. Professional Development Requirement

Every student must: • attend an annual professional planning meeting with the Center for Professional Development; and • implement a professional development plan in conjunction with the Center for Professional Development.

F. Lawyering Requirement

In their second or any subsequent year of law school, students will complete one of the following lawyering learning opportunities involving actual legal work under appropriate supervision:

  • Ohio Innocence Project,
  • Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic,
  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic,
  • Indigent Defense Clinic, • Sixth Circuit Clinic,
  • Legal Externship,
  • Judicial Externship,
  • Brandery or other summer entrepreneurship experience,
  • Summer Internship through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program or the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, or
  • Paid law or law-related work meeting law school requirements.

G. Classroom Credit Requirement

It is a requirement for graduation that a student complete, in an aggregate of 90 semester hours, at least 77 classroom credit hours. All required and most elective courses and seminars are classified as classroom credit offerings. Non-classroom credit offerings include: Individual Research Project, law reviews and journals, Extern Program field placements, Moot Court, field placements for clinics, and a few other classes.

H. Grade Point Average

You must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate.

I. Residence Period

You must have completed a residence period of three academic years or its equivalent.

** Students may satisfy this requirement by completing the Ohio Innocence Project course sequence in the second year. Students may also satisfy this requirement by taking the Domestic Violence & Civil Protection Order Clinic - 2L Experience in the second year (note: this class may not be offered every year).