Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of varies 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 Environmental Science), J.D./M.S.T. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science, Telecommunications), J.D./M.U.R.P. (Juris Doctor/Master of Urban and Regional Planning), and J.D./Ph.D (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in environmental science).
The Law School offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, international law, juvenile law, labor law, litigation, media law, securities law, tax law, torts and insurance, natural resources, civil rights law, constitutional law, health/medicine law, Indian law, legal ethics, public interest law, and trial law. In addition, clinics are available for either a year or 1 semester and a maximum of 14 credits may be awarded. Clinics include American Indian Law, Appellate Advocacy, Entrepreneurial Law, Juvenile Law, Wrongful Conviction, Civil Practice, Criminal Defense, Natural Resources Litigation, and Technology Law and Policy. A minimum of 1 seminar must be chosen from a variety of subjects. Externships allow students to earn up to 4 hours of academic credit for work in a governmental agency, private nonprofit institution or a private law office. Independent study is permitted for 1 credit. Field work is offered through some seminars, externships, and clinics. Special no-credit lectures are offered to all students on a variety of topics. A tutorial program is open to all first-year students who wish to participate. Students on academic probation are furnished with tutors. Students may study abroad in Oxford, England; St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Florence, Italy. The most widely taken electives are Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Business Law, and Government and Public Law.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 89 total credits, of which 40 are for required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Appellate Court Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Writing, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of a seminar and practice requirement, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. The required orientation program for first-year students is 3 days and includes class registration, legal writing exercises, social activities, and an introduction to faculty, law school, and university facilities.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 72.0, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and submit a paper of publishable quality for the required seminar.