Juris Doctor Degree Requirements

In order to be eligible for graduation, all candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must meet the following requirements:
  1. Completion of a course of study for the J.D. degree no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after commencing law study at Baylor or a law school from which Baylor has accepted transfer credit [ABA Standard 311(b)];
  2. Completion of 126 quarter hours of credit;
  3. Satisfactory completion of all courses designated as required;
  4. An overall cumulative grade point average of two grade points for each quarter hour of credit received for all courses;
  5. A cumulative grade point average of two grade points for the quarter hours of credit received for all required courses;
  6. Completion of a total of 18 seminar hours of professional development programming;
  7. Students with a grade point average of 2.4 or lower after grades are in for the first year curriculum (including LARC 3) are required to take five (5) of the seven (7) courses listed at below prior to graduation.
Course Number Course Name
9235 Administration of Estates
9350 Advanced Criminal Procedure
9360 Civil Liberties
9340 Commercial Law: Negotiable Instruments
9342 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
9370 Family Law
9332 Wealth Transfers

Each student must make reasonable progress toward satisfying the requirements for graduation, but may not, under any circumstances, take more than 17 hours of credit in any given quarter.