Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 32 credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Criminal Justice), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), J.D./M.S.W. (Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work), J.D./Ph.D. (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in public policy), and J.D./Pharm. D. (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Pharmacy).
The School of Law offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, international law, juvenile law, labor law, litigation, securities law, tax law, health care law, public interest law, mediation, constitutional law, jurisprudence/legal theory, legislation/public policy, and human and civil rights. In addition, the Clinical Law Program offers 20 legal clinics that operate in a wide range of practice areas such as environmental law, disability law, family law, mediation, youth, education, healthcare, and community development. Approximately 55 seminars are offered. Externships are available in public agencies and nonprofit organizations for 1 to 13 credits. Externships are coordinated with classroom discussion and a writing requirement. Research may be undertaken through 4 legal journals, through independent research/writing under faculty supervision, by acting as research assistants for faculty, and in courses and seminars. Several annual lectures are sponsored by alumni gifts, student organizations, law school faculty/administration, and campus administration. Study abroad consists of an ABA-approved summer program in Aberdeen, Scotland, and semester-long foreign study or externship programs in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, and with the law reform commissions of a variety of commonwealth countries. The Academic Achievement Program enlists the assistance of upper-level students who, as teaching fellows, work directly with first-year students. The fellows lead seminars and work one-on-one with these students. In addition, the law school has an active Peer Advisor Program, where upper-level students provide additional support in this regard. Student teaching fellows in the writing program study the teaching of writing and provide support for other students by reviewing and commenting on writing assignments submitted by first-year students. These writing fellows also staff the law school’s writing center. Mentoring and social support is provided through a wide variety of student groups. First-year students are eligible to join any of the more than 30 student groups, which include the Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latino Law Students Association, and the LGBT Law School Alliance. The most widely taken electives are Business, Environmental, and Health Law related courses.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 85 total credits, of which 34 to 35 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law: Governance, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR I), Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR II), Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Advanced Legal Research, Advanced Writing Requirement, Cardin Requirement, Constitutional Law: Individual Rights, and Legal Profession. All students must take clinical courses. The required orientation program for first-year students lasts 2 days. During that time, students receive instruction in case briefing, attend a sample class, are introduced to the web and technology-based law school systems, learn about the honor code, have lunch with faculty and deans, and meet with upper-class peer advisers.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and meet the residency requirements of 6 semesters of attendance for full-time students, and 8 semesters for part-time students.