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;
- Fulfilled the Proficiency Requirement (for students who entered in June 2019 and thereafter):
- 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.
For information on computing pass/fail credit: Computation of Graduation Credits: Pass/Fail Credit
Time to Complete Law Degree
Pursuant to Standard 311 of the American Bar Association’s Standards of Approval for Law Schools and Charleston School of Law policy, all graduation requirements must be completed no earlier than 24 months and, except in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after a student has commenced study at the Charleston School of Law or at a law school from which the School of Law has accepted transfer credit.