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. Effective for the Class of 2017 and thereafter, first-year students must complete the Lawyering Lab program. Upper-class 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. Effective for the Class of 2017 and thereafter students must complete and earn a passing grade on the non-credit online Business Fundamentals modules.
For the Classes of 2015 and 2016 a total of 84 semester credits must be completed with a final weighted grade of at least 2.3 (C+) for all courses taken. Effective for the Class of 2017 and thereafter a total of 85 semester credits must be completed. Beyond the required curriculum, students choose from approximately 150 elective courses, seminars and clinical offerings and are allowed considerable academic choice outside the School of Law. 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 School of Law and of Boston University.
Note: All students should familiarize themselves with the current Academic & Disciplinary Regulations, copies of which are on reserve in the BU Law Library.