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Graduation Requirements

Students in dual degree programs must ensure that they meet the degree requirements established by those programs, and should be sure to consult the appropriate officials at the other College in addition to the College of Law. Students who have questions about whether they will meet graduation requirements should contact the Registrar or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.


Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete six semesters of full-time law study and 90 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects.  The course of study at the College of Law is designed to be completed in six successive semesters of academic residence or, under an accelerated program, in five semesters and two eight-week summer sessions, allowing graduation in December of the student’s third year. 

    Normally a student will take 14 to16 credit hours per semester.  A “full-time” course load is no less than 10 hours.

  2. Graduate with a GPA of 2.0 or better
  3. Satisfactorily complete the following required courses

    --All first year courses:  Torts (4 hours), Property (4 hours), Contracts I-II (6 hours), Civil Procedure I-II (6), Criminal Law (3 hours), Constitutional Law I (3 hours), Legal Research and Writing I-II (4 hours).

    --Professional Responsibility

    --Substantial Writing Requirement satisfied through completion of a seminar or other course specifically designated to meet the requirement

    --A Professional Skills offering consisting of at least one of the following:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Advanced Estate Planning
    Advanced Legal Research
    Business Planning
    Child Advocacy Today Externship
    Children’s Law Center Externship
    Civil Pretrial Practice & Procedure
    DPA Externship
    Fayette County Attorney Externship
    Federal Appellate Advocacy and Procedure
    Immigration Law Externship
    Innocence Project Externship
    Intellectual Property Transactions 
    International Business Transactions
    Judicial Externship
    Kentucky Energy/Environment Cabinet Externship
    Kentucky Refugee Ministries Externship
    Legal Clinic
    Legal Drafting
    Lexington City Attorney Externship
    Litigation Skills
    Negotiating Process
    Prosecutorial Externship
    Real Estate Transactions
    UK Health Care Externship
    UK Office of Legal Counsel Externship

  4. Pass/Fail hours limits:

    -- No more than 6 hours of pass/fail credits outside the College of Law in other graduate level courses from other University of Kentucky disciplines previously approved by the College of Law faculty.  
    -- No more than 9 hours of pass/fail credits within the College of Law curriculum
    -- No more than a total of 12 hours of pass/fail credits, whether taken outside or inside the College of Law curriculum.