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.

2014 Matriculants

For students who entered in Fall 2014, please click here for your Graduation Requirements.

2015 Matriculants

For students who entered in Fall 2015, please click here for your Graduation Requirements.

2016 Matriculants

For students entering in Fall 2016, and thereafter, your Graduation Requirements are as follows:

Required Courses

First Year (Fall)

Civil Procedure (4)
Contracts (4)
Torts (4)
Legal Research and Writing (3)

First Year (Spring)

Criminal Law (3)
Constitutional Law (4)
Property (4)
Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3)
Legal Skills (1)

Second Year

Appellate Advocacy (2)
Advanced Legal Skills (4)

Additional Required Courses

Business Associations (4)
Evidence (4)
Professional Responsibility (3)
Bar Prep Skills (4)
One Seminar Class (2 credits)
Skills Requirement (Advanced Legal Writing (3 credits) plus at least 3 additional Skills credits)

Pro Bono Requirement

50 hours (at least 25 hours legal).

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 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, U. S. Supreme Court Advocacy, How Lawyers Get Paid, and Trademark and Branding Law.

90 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Courses Recommended for Florida Bar

Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, Sales, Remedies, Family Law, Commercial Law Survey, Guardianship Law, Juvenile Law, Complex Litigation, Conflicts of Law, Products Liability, First Amendment, Wills and Trusts, Civil Procedure Focus, Electronic Discovery, Federal Courts, Secured Transactions, Advanced Torts, Advanced Evidence, Land Use, Payment Systems, Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Practice and Procedure, Florida Criminal Procedure.