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.
  6. 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.
     
    Course Name 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
    9207, Basic Taxation Principles for Lawyers 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
    9413, Torts 1 4
    9314, Torts 2 3
    9205, LARC 4: Litigation Drafting 1
    9204, LARC 5: Transactional Drafting 1
    9521, Business Organizations 1 5
    9504, Trusts & Estates 5
    9524, Constitutional Law 5
    9326, Remedies 3
    9527, Practice Court 1 5
    9520, Practice Court 2 5
    9528, Practice Court 3 5
    9229, Professional Responsibility 2
     

    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 3
    9340, Comm Law: Negotiable Instruments 3
    9342, Comm Law: Secured Transactions 3
    9370, Family Law 3
    9332, Wealth Transfers 4