J.D. Program

Our reimagined J.D. program merges theory, doctrine, and experiential learning to produce practice-ready lawyers. Our 1L curriculum introduces both lawyering skills and extra-legal competencies. Then, your upper-level “The Lawyer As…” curriculum begins to shape your career with a concentrated focus on specific areas of legal practice. Courses are taught by a full-time faculty with extensive practice experience, along with sitting judges and practicing attorneys.

J.D. Requirements

  • Earn at least 88 credits, including all first-year required courses. The maximum number of credits permitted per semester is 17.
  • Full time students must be in residence for at least six semesters. To be in residence, the full time student must enroll in at least 12 credits, at full tuition, and not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester. Credits earned through the Semester-in-Washington Program, the Semester-in-Harrisburg Program and the International Justice Internship Program and authorized Dickinson Law semester-long study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement. Credits earned during the summer months may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • A first-year student who receives an F in Problem Solving II may not enroll in Problem Solving III and must repeat Problem Solving II in the following academic year. A second-year student who receives an F in Problem Solving III loses credit for Problem Solving II, irrespective of his or her grade in that course, and must repeat Problem Solving II and III in the following academic years.
  • Complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course.
  • Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility.
  • Complete with a grade of at least C the course on Practicing Law in a Global World: Competencies.
  • Complete with a grade of at least C, or a grade of Pass in Pass/Fail courses, 12 credits in Experiential Learning from the upper level curriculum. The student must earn at least 6 of the required 12 credits by practicing law in an in-house legal clinic, an internship, or a semester-in-practice. The student may earn remaining experiential learning credits by enrolling in courses designated as experiential learning simulation courses.

Contingent J.D. Requirements

  • Students who rank in the bottom quarter of their law school class after the second semester of law school and who earned a grade below C in any first year course, must take and pass at least six bar courses in order to graduate. (A "bar course" is a course listed in LionPath with the prefix "BAR.")

Each student is responsible for fulfilling the above graduation requirements. Students should track their academic record and progress using their assigned faculty advisor, the academic dean, the office of the Law School registrar, and other administrative personnel.