Graduate Level & Foreign Language Credits
J.D. students who are not enrolled in a joint degree program may apply up to 6 credits of Penn State University graduate-level courses, or undergraduate-level foreign language courses toward their J.D. degree.
Eligible Graduate-Level Courses
- 500-level or higher courses; or
- 400-level courses, but only with the advance approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs upon a showing that the course is sufficiently rigorous to justify credit toward the J.D. degree.
Note: In some cases, graduate-level courses have been assigned a law course code (900 number). Law students should register for the law course code. Courses with a law course code are not considered co-curricular credits. All graduate-level courses without a concurrent law course code are considered co-curricular credits.
Eligible Undergraduate-Level Foreign Language Courses
- A student must obtain the advance approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs upon a showing that he or she intends to use the undergraduate-level course to acquire proficiency in a foreign language as part of his or her legal career objective.
Generally Applicable Rules
- Both graduate-level course credits and undergraduate-level foreign language course credits are considered co-curricular credits.
- Students may not apply less than all the credits earned in a course toward the six credits permitted under this rule.
- Students may take courses at either Penn State University Park or Penn State Harrisburg.
- Credits a student earned prior to matriculation to the J.D. program are not eligible.
- Graduate level Individual Studies (596) credits will not be applied to the J.D. degree.
- Credits will count toward the J.D. degree only if the student earns a grade of at least a B. Credits earned are not calculated into a student’s GPA. Note: this rule does not apply to a graduate-level course that has a concurrent law course code. See note above regarding student enrollment in graduate-level courses that are concurrently listed with a law course code.
- If a course is concurrently listed, having both a Law (900-level) and a graduate (500-level) course code, J.D. students are required to register for the course with the law course code.