The Juris Doctor Degree program is a full-time day curriculum requiring three academic years of study. A complete description of all the JD degree requirements is available in the Academic Regulations section of the JD Student Handbook. Please use the Graduation Requirements Worksheet to assist you with your course selection to fulfill all graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of the following JD degree requirements is mandatory for graduation:

  • Earn at least 85 passing credits.
  • Elect and complete a minimum of 26 credits in any one year and a minimum of 12 credits in any one semester.

First-Year Requirements

Complete and achieve a passing grade in all first-year courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Lawyering Lab
  • Property Law
  • Torts

Second- and Third-Year Requirements

Beyond the required curriculum, you may choose from approximately 200 elective courses, seminars, and clinical programs. After the first year, you may earn up to 12 semester credits toward the JD degree by taking courses in another graduate or professional school at Boston University or at Boston College School of Law. With permission, you may also take courses at other universities and schools of law. You are expected to comply at all times with Academic Policies and Disciplinary Regulations of both the law school and of Boston University.