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. Completion of a total of 18 seminar hours of professional development programming;
  4. An overall cumulative grade point average of two grade points for each quarter hour of credit received for all courses;
  5. 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.
    1. Satisfactory completion of all courses designated as required.  Additionally, a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in the following core required courses is required for graduation.
       

      Students who matriculated Summer 2019 and after are required to take the following requirements in lieu of the five hour constitutional law requirement.

      Required Courses Credit Hours
      9101, LARC 1: Introduction to Legal Writing, Pt.1 1
      9103, LARC 2: Introduction to Legal Writing, Pt.2 1
      9203, LARC 3: Persuasive Communications 2
      9405, Civil Procedure 4
      9407, Contracts 1 4
      9408, Contracts 2 4
      9303, Criminal Law 3
      9356, Criminal Procedure 3
      9315, Legislation, Administrative Power & Procedure 3
      9411, Property 1 4
      9312, Property 2 3
      9207, Taxation & Accounting Principles for Lawyers 2
      9413, Torts 1 4
      9314, Torts 2 3
      9104, LARC 4: Transactional Drafting 1
      9105, LARC 5: Litigation Drafting 1
      9521, Business Organizations 1 5
      9504, Trusts & Estates 5
      9326, Remedies 3
      9527, Practice Court 1 5
      9520, Practice Court 2 5
      9528, Practice Court 3 5
      9229, Professional Responsibility 2
      Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2019 must take the following requirement:
      9524, Constitutional Law 5
      Students who matriculated Summer 2019 and after are required to take the following requirements in lieu of the five hour constitutional law course:
      9204, Constitutional Law: Structure & Power 2
      9301, Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties 3
       

       

      Additional Required Courses

      Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.4 or lower at the end of the third quarter of law school (when all grades are completed) are required to take five of the following seven courses prior to graduation.  These courses are not included when calculating the cumulative grade point average in the required courses for purposes of determining eligibility for graduation.

      Course Name Credit Hours
      9235, Administration of Estates 2
      9350, Advanced Criminal Procedure 3
      9360, Civil Liberties**OR** Constitutional Law: Free Speech 3
      9342, Comm Law: Secured Transactions 3
      9370, Family Law 3
      9332, Wealth Transfers 3
      9340, Commercial Law: Negotiable Instruments**OR** 3
      9383, Conflict of Laws (if planning to sit for the UBE)** 3
To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher and make reasonable progress toward satisfying the requirements for graduation. Students whose GPA falls below 1.9 are subject to the Rules on Academic Probation & Dismissal (see Student Catalog).