Academic Programs

Degree Requirements

The J.D. program is a full-time day curriculum requiring three academic years of study. First-year students are enrolled only in the fall. First-year students must complete six basic courses and a legal research and writing seminar, which includes a moot court experience. Upperclass students must take Professional Responsibility during either their second or third year; a course, seminar or clinic that satisfies the Professional Skills requirement; and must satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement either in conjunction with a course or seminar, a supervised research and writing project (independent study) or by a paper written in connection with co-curricular activities approved by the Faculty.

A total of 84 semester credits must be completed with a final weighted grade of at least 2.3 (C+) for all courses taken. Beyond the required curriculum, students choose from approximately 150 elective courses, seminars and clinical offerings and are allowed considerable academic choice outside the law school.

After the first year, they may earn up to 12 semester credits toward the J.D. degree by taking courses in another graduate or professional school at Boston University or at Boston College School of Law. With permission, students may also take courses at other universities and schools of law. Students are expected to comply at all times with Academic Policies and Disciplinary Regulations of both the law school and of Boston University.