The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Program

Introduction

The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) is the degree required for admission to the bar in nearly all U.S. states and territorial jurisdictions. The J.D. program is designed to provide a general background in law. The law school curriculum is broad enough that students may, through their choice of electives, emphasize a particular area of the law. In addition to the certificate programs in business law, health law, and law and science, these areas include the following:

  • Administrative Law,
  • Commercial Law,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Planning,
  • International Law,
  • Judicial Administration and Procedure
  • Litigation,
  • Property and Estate Planning,
  • Public Interest Law, and
  • Tax Law.

Graduation Requirements

To be recommended for the J.D. degree by the faculty, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 90 semester hours, normally accomplished in six semesters or five semesters and two summer sessions. A cumulative average of 2.0 is required for graduation. Other academic requirements for graduation and for maintenance of good standing are contained in the School of Law Student Handbook, given to students when they matriculate and posted on MyTechLaw.

Course Load

A student may not take more than 17 or less than 13 hours in the fall and spring semesters without special permission. The School of Law considers 12 hours full time during the fall and spring semesters.

There is no minimum course load requirement for students during a summer session, although 8 hours is considered full time. Students may not register for more than 10 hours over the course of both summer session and no more than 6 hours in one summer term.

The School of Law offers a full-time program. Part-time enrollment is not offered, and classes are held during the day.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is as follows:

A 4.00
B+ 3.50
B 3.00
C+ 2.50
C 2.00
D+ 1.50
D 1.00
F 0.0