J.D. Program

J.D. Degree Requirements

Each student is responsible for fulfilling the J.D. degree requirements. Students should track their academic record and progress by consulting with their assigned faculty advisor, the Registrar’s Office, and other administrative personnel.

To earn the Dickinson Law J.D. degree, a student must:

  • Earn at least 88 credits;
  • Complete with a passing grade all first-year required courses;
  • Complete with a grade of at least C the course labeled Problem Solving II;
  • Complete with a grade of at least C the course labeled Problem Solving III;
  • Complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course (“SEMNR”);
  • Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility;
  • Complete with a grade of at least C, or a grade of Credit in Credit/No Credit courses, 12 credits in Experiential Learning from the upper level curriculum. The student must earn at least 6 of the required 12 credits in an in-house legal clinic (“EXPCL”), an internship (“EXPIN”), or a semester-in-practice (“EXPIN”). The student may earn the remaining experiential learning credits in an in-house legal clinic (“EXPCL”), an internship (“EXPIN”), a semester-in-practice (“EXPIN”), or in courses designated as simulation courses (“EXPSK”); 
  • Comply with the Semesters-in-Residence Requirement; and
  • Comply with the Academic Standing Rules.

Contingent J.D. Degree 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, have the following additional requirements for graduation:

  • must take and pass at least six substantive doctrinal bar courses (“BAR”) in order to graduate; and
  • must take and pass the Fundamental Skills for the Bar Examination during the final semester of law school.

J.D. Degree Requirements for Transfer Students

As part of the transfer admission process, the admissions committee and academic deans will evaluate transferable credits and completion of the J.D. degree requirements. For more information on the J.D. degree requirements for transfer students, click here.