Juris Doctor Degree


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.

See Article 4 of the Hoynes Code for details about the J.D. Program, or Choosing your Curriculum, prepared by our faculty.


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Katie Jo Luningham, 3L, has been named a Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award Winner, one of the highest national awards for student legal writing. Her paper Resisting Rulemaking: Challenging the Montana Settlement’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Blueprint, was published last year in the Notre Dame Law Review.

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