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student status
Students must elect either full-time or part-time status for both semesters of each academic year. The Assistant Dean and Registrar may approve a change in status during an academic year for exceptional changes in circumstances.

Full-time Students
The following requirements for full-time students must be met to be eligible for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree:

  • Must take a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work each fall and spring semester
  • Must not be employed more than 20 hours per week
  • Are discouraged from accepting any employment during the first year
  • Must successfully complete the following required courses in the following basic sequence, although the order of courses will be slightly different for spring admittees, those attending summer sessions and those with approved waivers for extraordinary need:

First Semester, Full-time

Legal Research and Writing I (2)
Contracts I (3)
Torts I (3)
Civil Procedure (4)
Criminal Law (3)
Total hours 15

Second Semester, Full-time

Legal Research and Writing II (2)
Contracts II (3)
Torts II (3)
Constitutional Law (4)
Property I (3)
Total hours 15

Third Semester, Full-time

Property II (3)
Evidence (3)
Federal Income Taxation (3)
Total hours (plus electives) 15

  • Must take the Professional Responsibility course before completion of the 60th credit hour
  • Must complete a substantial research paper as a condition of graduation
  • Must complete at least a two-hour professional skills course

part-time students

The following requirements for part-time students must be met to be eligible for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree:

  • Must take a minimum of eight to a maximum of 1 1 semester hours of course work each fall and spring semester
  • Must successfully complete the following required courses in the following sequence, unless a waivers for extraordinary need is approved:

First Fall, Part-time

Legal Research and Writing 1 (2)
Contracts 1 (3)
Torts 1 (3)
Total hours 8

First Spring, Part-time

Civil Procedure (4)
Criminal Law (3)
Property I (3)
Total hours 10

First Summer, Part-time

Contracts II (3)
Torts II (3)
Total hours 6

Second Fall, Part-time

Constitutional Law (4)
Evidence (3)
Property II (3)
Total hours 10

Second Spring, Part-time

Federal Income Taxation (3)
Legal Research and Writing II (2)
Total hours (plus electives) 8

  • Must take the Professional Responsibility course before completion of the 60th credit hour
  • Must complete a substantial research paper as a condition of graduation
  • Must complete at least a two-hour professional skills course

 


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