Juris Doctor (J.D.) Requirements
To earn the Juris Doctor, students must complete six semesters of study, earn 86 law semester credits, pass all required classes, complete the required writing project, and have a minimum cumulative 2.0 (C) grade-point average.
All students must complete at least 68 credits in regularly scheduled Law School classes. "Regularly scheduled Law School classes" include:
Regularly scheduled Law School classes do not include:
Students must pass all UCI Law School first-year courses, or their substantial equivalents, with a cumulative law GPA at the end of the second semester of 2.0 (C) or higher. The Assistant Dean for Student Services will determine whether classes taken at another law school are sufficient for transfer students to meet the UCI first-year coursework requirement. If not, the student will be notified which courses are needed to complete the requirement.
1. Writing Requirement
Students must complete at least one course where they are required to produce a major writing project with frequent feedback from a faculty member. This might include seminars, independent studies, or other work, so long as it involves substantial original analysis and research, multiple drafts, and is certified by the faculty members as meeting this requirement.
2. Clinical Requirement
All students are required to complete at least one semester of clinical education, either in a Law School clinic or at a clinical placement that is approved by the Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Service Learning. This shall involve a live client or other real-life practical experience, appropriately supervised and designed to encourage reflection by students on their experiences and on the values and responsibilities of the legal profession, and the development of one’s ability to assess his or her performance and level of competence.