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Graduation Requirements (J.D. Degree)

To be eligible for the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.), a student must meet the residency requirements of the School of Law by having:

  1. Successfully completed 90 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
  2. Attended as a "full time" students (as defined below);
  3. Completed all required courses and academic requirements within five years of initial matriculation, unless a written extension of this period is granted by the Academic Standing Committee or the Dean;
  4. Completed the 50-hour pro bono requirement (as defined in this handbook).

"Full-time" study requires completion of 12 or more hours per fall or spring semester. A student may not enroll in more than 18 hours per fall or spring semester. A student may take less than 12 credits in his or her last semester if he or she obtains prior approval from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

When a student is out from school for any reason (for example, leave of absence, dismissal, visiting other schools), he or she will be obligated to meet the requirements in place at the time the student is readmitted to the Law School.

Degrees are ordinarily conferred upon students who meet the prescribed academic requirements. The Law School reserves the right, however, to withhold a degree whenever it appears that a student's character, conduct, or the quality of work completed will prevent acceptable representation of the school or compromise the standards of the legal profession.

St. Thomas University considers the graduation ceremony to be an academic event. Only students who have completed all requirements for graduation prior to the date of the ceremony, and those students who have registered for the summer session to complete 9 or fewer credits remaining toward graduation, will be allowed to participate.

Please note that requisites for graduation are subjected to change by the faculty. Students must meet the requisites for graduation in existence in the semester in which they would otherwise graduate.

Required Courses*

First Year (Fall)

Civil Procedure
Legal Research and Writing

First Year (Spring)

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Advanced Legal Research and Writing

Upper-Level Required Courses

Appellate Advocacy
Business Associations
Professional Responsibility
Bar Prep I (2L Year)
Bar Prep II (3L Year)

* Applicable to students entering in the Fall of 2016 and thereafter.

Student must also complete the Senior Writing Requirement.

Students must complete 50 hours of pro bono hours.

Skills Requirement

All students are required to satisfy the Professional Skills Requirement prior to graduation. The Professional Skills Requirements may be satisfied by successful completion of any one of the following 34 courses and no others. Appellate Litigation Externship, Bankruptcy Externship, Civil Practice Externship, Criminal Practice Externship, Cyberlaw, Drafting of International Moot Court Competition Problems, Elder Law Externship, Environmental Law Practice, Environmental Litigation Practicum, Environmental Negotiations, Family Court Externship, Federal Appellate Project, Florida Civil Practice, Florida Criminal Practice, Florida Supreme Court Internship, Human Rights Lawyering, Immigration Clinic, International Arbitration, International Moot Court Classroom Component, International Moot Court Team, Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation, Judicial Internship, Law Office Management, Mock Trial Classroom Component, Mock Trial Team, Moot Court Classroom Component, Moot Court Team, Pax Romana Internship at the United Nations, Pretrial Practice, Real Estate Development and Finance, Real Estate Transactions, Tax Clinic, Transnational Litigation, Trial Advocacy Practice, and U. S. Supreme Court Advocacy.

Courses Recommended for Florida Bar

Sales, Remedies, Family Law, Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Practice and Procedure, Commercial Law Survey, Florida Criminal Procedure, Commercial Law Survey and Guardianship Law