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 (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.

Pass/Fail Credit

Of the required 90 credit hours, the following limitations apply:

  • For students who entered prior to January 2021, no more than 12 credits may be from pass/fail courses, absent written approval from the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee.
  • For students who enter in January 2021 and thereafter, no more than 10 credits may be from pass/fail courses, absent written approval from the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee.

Of the allowed number of 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).

 

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.

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