Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 12 hours credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), J.D./M.D. (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Medicine), J.D./M.P.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration), J.D./M.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in agriculture economics), J.D./M.S.A.C. (Juris Doctor/Master of Accounting), J.D./M.S.B.T. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in biotechnology), J.D./M.S.E.T. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in environmental toxicology), J.D./M.S.F.F.P. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in family financial planning), J.D./M.S.P.F.P. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in personal financial planning), and J.D./M.S.P.S.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in crop science/horticulture).
The School of Law offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, intellectual property law, international law, and litigation. We have certificate programs in Business Law, Health Law and Law and Science. Second- and third-year students may take clinics including Low Income Tax (2 credits), Civil Litigation (4 credits), and Criminal Justice (4 credits). There are numerous seminars for second- and third-year students who have completed prerequisites. A number of externships are available to second- and third-year students for credit. Independent research programs are available for advanced students and in conjunction with the 3 Centers of Excellence. There are various special lecture series including the Sandra Day O’Connor Lecture Series. There is a Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico and an exchange program in Lyon, France, Sevilla, Spain, and Melbourne, Australia. There is an Academic Success Program available for students needing tutorial help. Minority student organizations regularly sponsor programs for their members and the larger community. There are more than 50 special interest student groups that sponsor programs. The most widely taken electives are Texas Pretrial Procedure, Texas Trial and Appellate, and Family Law.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 90 total credits, of which 55 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, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Practice I and II, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Business Entities, Commercial Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Income Taxation, Professional Responsibility, and Wills and Trusts. The required orientation program for first-year students is 3 1/2 days. The program introduces students to professionalism and to basic legal skills, ethics and analysis.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement.