Juris Doctor (J.D.)
The J.D. curriculum provides a strong foundation that has proven to be fundamental to the practice of law in every American jurisdiction, while giving students the opportunity to tailor coursework to particular career aspirations.
To earn a J.D. degree, students must:
- Successfully complete a minimum of 90 credit hours, at least 70 of which must be earned in regularly scheduled classes taught in the law school.
- Successfully complete the courses required in the first year
- Engage in full-time law study for six semesters in residence. Each student shall be required to take at least 14 hours in every semester in order to qualify for status as a full-time student.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000.
Nine months after graduation, 18 members of the Class of 2012—9% of the class—report having secured federal clerkships. With that percentage, Notre Dame stands in a tie for 10th place among all law schools nationwide, according to data reported to the American Bar Association.View All News
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