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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.
 

  1. Graduate with a GPA of 2.0 or better
     
  2. 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

-- For Students who first began law studies before Fall, 2016: 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
 

For students who first began law studies in Fall, 2016 or later: at least six credit hours of experiential courses from the following list:

Advanced Estate Planning

Advanced Legal Research

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Business Planning

Child Advocacy Today Externship

Civil Pretrial Practice

Department of Public Advocacy Externship

Depositions

Fayette County Attorney Externship

Federal Administrative & Tax Research

Federal Appellate Advocacy and Procedure

Federal Government Externship

Foreign & International Legal Research

Immigration Law Externship

Innocence Project Externship

Institute for Compassion in Justice Externship

Intellectual Property Transactions

Judicial Externship

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Externship

Kentucky Legal Research

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Externship

Law and Business of Intellectual Property Management

Legal Accounting

Legal Clinic

Legal Drafting

Lexington City Attorney Externship

Litigation Skills

Negotiating Process

Prosecutorial Externship

Regulation of Big Data

Supreme Court Decision Making

UK Healthcare Risk Management Office Externship

UK Office of Legal Counsel Externship

U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Paducah Project Office Externship

  1. 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.