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Juris Doctor Academic Requirements

To receive a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and successfully complete the following:

  • 85 semester credit hours from law courses. Up to five semester-equivalent credits can be taken from University of Oregon graduate program with pre-approval. Students admitted to concurrent masters / JD programs must complete 75 semester credits for the JD, and meet all masters requirements as outlined by the respective department.  No more than 12 credits of distance education courses may be applied towards the JD.
  • Of the 85 credits, 70 semester credits must be graded.  Students admitted to concurrent masters / JD programs must complete 67 graded credits.
  • Of the 85 credits, 65 semester credits must come from scheduled courses.
  • All required courses
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Procedure
  • Legal Research and Writing I
  • Legal Research and Writing II
  • Professional Planning
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Writing Requirement
  • Skills Requirement
  • Six full-time semesters in residence at an ABA accredited Law School

Writing Requirement

During the second or third year of law school each student must satisfactorily complete a rigorous faculty-supervised writing experience.  The writing experience must be completed
as (1) a requirement for a course listed as satisfying the Writing Requirement; (2) independent writing, or
(3) a publishable note or comment for one of the law school’s journals, Oregon Law Review, Oregon Review of International Law or the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.

The writing experience must demonstrate extensive research and analysis, original thought, good organization, thorough editing, and a sound understanding of the topic.  

Skills Requirement

Each student must meet the law school’s skills requirement by participating in a clinic or externship or by completing a course that meets the skills requirement.  The list of courses that satisfies the skills requirement for the current academic year is available at http://law.uoregon.edu/academics/skills/.


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