Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
To be eligible for the Juris Doctor degree, a student must complete a total of 87 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.25 and must pass all required courses. Required courses are as follows:
First Year Required Courses (33 credits):
* Passing Grade is C-
- Contracts I
- Civil Procedure
- 1L Seminar (students choose from several seminar courses)
- Lawyering I
- Contracts II
- Constitutional Law I
- Criminal Law
- Lawyering II
*Legal Methods May be required based on Fall GPA
Rising 2Ls will complete a Diagnostic Assessment prior to the start of their second year.
Second Year Required Courses:
* Passing Grade is C-
- Constitutional Law II: First Amendment
Other Upper-Level Courses Required to Graduate:
* Passing Grade is C-
Required for students whose GPA places them in the bottom quarter of the class at the end of the second semester:
Advanced Legal Analysis II (taken as a 3L), and 4 from the following list: Business Organizations; Conflict of Laws; Criminal Procedure: Investigation OR Criminal Procedure: Adjudication; Family Law OR Family Law Practicum OR Matrimonial Law; Sales, Secured Transactions; Commercial Law Survey; Trusts & Estates.
Legal Profession or Professional Responsibility Seminar
Administrative Law Elective from the following courses Administrative Law, Antitrust in the Health Care Industry, Antitrust: Market Structure, Antitrust: Trade Practices, Community Development Clinic, Election Law, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Practice and Procedure, Financial Crimes and Topics in Financial Market Regulation, Health Care Compliance, Healthcare Org & Finance, Health Law Clinic, Immigration Law & Policy, Immigration Law Clinic, Introduction to Government, Labor Law, Labor Law in the Public Sector, Labor Arbitration Seminar, Land Use Planning, New York Administrative Law & Policy, Privacy & Security of Health Care Information, Public Access to Government Information, Public Health Law, Public Health Policy: Law, Finance & Ethics, Securities Regulation, State and Local Environmental Law, State and Local Government, State and Local Gov’t Finance, State and Local Taxation, U.S. Refugee & Asylum Law.
International Law Elective from the following courses: Comparative Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, Federal Indian Law, International & Comparative Intellectual Property, International Business Transactions, International Child’s Rights, International Environmental Law, International Human Rights Law, International Labor Law, International Trade Law, International Law of War & Crimes, International Organizations, Law of Climate Change, National Security Law, Public International Law.
Experiential Requirement: Two courses (for a total of at least 6 credits) offering substantial skill instruction, with at least one course taken within the Clinic from the following list:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
In- House Clinics:
Practicum Courses with Placements: Entrepreneurship, Law, and Emerging Technologies
Upper Level Writing Requirement:
As a requirement for graduation, and by the end of his or her penultimate semester of law school, a student must produce a substantial legal research paper. A student may satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways:
- By successfully completing a legal research paper under the supervision of a full-time faculty member;
- By producing a publishable work as a member of one of the Law School’s eligible student-edited journals;
- By successfully completing a course taught by a full-time faculty member and designated as requiring for its completion production of a paper that satisfies the writing requirement;
- By producing a research paper in connection with any course taught by a full-time faculty member, if the faculty member determines that the paper is sufficient to satisfy the requirement.
- By producing a work product resulting from such substantial research and writing in a clinical course taught by a full-time faculty member that the product is the equivalent of a legal research paper. (Pursuant to ABA Standard 303, students cannot use the same course to satisfy both the experiential requirement and the upper level writing requirement)
- By producing a research report resulting from such substantial research and writing as a Sandman Fellow that the report is the equivalent of a legal research paper.