J.D. Degree Requirements

To be eligible for a Juris Doctor degree, a student must have:

  • Received course credit for at least 90 credit hours, with a minimum of 65 credit hours in regularly scheduled class sessions;
  • Satisfactorily completed all required courses;
  • Satisfactorily completed the Upper-Level Writing Requirement;
  • Satisfactorily completed at least one course designated as satisfying the Skills Course Requirement;
  • Satisfactorily completed at least one course designated as satisfying the Drafting Course Requirement;
  • Attained and maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for students who entered prior to June 2019 or, at least 2.1 for students who entered in June 2019 and thereafter;
  • Fulfilled the Proficiency Requirement;
  • Completed the Pro Bono Requirement: a minimum of 30 hours if the student matriculated before June 2019 or, a minimum of 50 hours if the student matriculated on or after June 2019;
  • Fulfilled the Professionalism Series Requirement; and,
  • Conducted himself or herself as a fit candidate for admission to the bar.

 

Pass/Fail Credit

Of the required 90 credit hours, no more than 12 credits may be from pass/fail courses, absent written approval from the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee.  Of the 12 pass/fail credits:

a) no more than a total of 4 credits may be in credit from Charleston Law Review, Moot Court/Mock Trial, or Independent Study; and,

b) no more than a total of 8 credits may be in credit from Externship Courses.

The following courses are excluded from the pass/fail limits: Academic Skills (899), Legal Skills (7990), Bar Prep (999), and Presidential Scholars Seminar (852).