Wise Guide

Graduation Requirements

All degree candidates must meet the graduation requirements set forth in the Faculty Regulations. Briefly, these requirements are as follows:

  1. Credit Hours: Students who enter the Law School after August 1, 2011, must complete 88 credits including the following mandated courses in the first or second year depending on the program: Civil Procedure I, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law I, Legal Research and Writing (2 semesters in sequence), Torts, Property, Litigation Basics, Introduction to Transactional Skills and (for Full-Time students only) a Menu Course. Students who entered the Law School before August 1, 2011 are required to complete 87 credits. (Beginning in Fall 2010, Business Basics is no long part of the mandated curriculum.)

  2. Required Courses: The following courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better:

    1. Upper Level Writing Requirement: Students must meet this requirement by successful completion of two upper level writing units, one of which is the Serial Paper Component, and the other which is the Research Paper Component. For this purpose, successful completion means a grade of “C” or better.

      The acceptable methods of meeting the upper level writing requirements are:

      1. a 2 or 3 credit Guided Research or Writing Seminar (taken after all of the mandated courses listed in section a. above have been completed); and/or
      2. regarding the Research component, a substantial work of professional quality that meets the writing requirements of one of the four law journals, the Moot Court Honor Society, or the Jessup Moot Court Honor Society, and has been approved by the appropriate faculty advisor.
    2. Professional Responsibility: Students must meet this requirement by successful completion of a Professional Responsibility course.  In the event that a student receives less than a “C” when he or she initially takes a Professional Responsibility course, then he or she must take a Professional Responsibility course again and successfully complete it.  The student will also need to take additional credits above the number of credits normally required for graduation, and must consult the Office of Student Services for further information.
  3. Professional Skills Course: Students who enter the Law School after August 1, 2005 are required to successfully complete a Professional Skills course in order to graduate. Professional Skills courses are listed below and will be noted on the Law School web site in the Wise Guide under Graduation Requirements. Students may take such courses at any time provided they have completed the mandated First Year Curriculum and any other pre-requisite courses as applicable. For this purpose, successful completion means a grade of “C” or better in a graded course, and “S” or better in an ungraded course.

    The Faculty has designated the following courses as those that would satisfy the Professional Skills requirement:

    All Clinical Courses, and

    • Advanced Trial Advocacy – Civil
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy – Criminal
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy - Speechmaking
    • Advanced Trial and Litigation Strategy (Writing)*
    • Advising the Multinational Company on Global Legal Issues
    • Advocacy in Transactional Lawyering
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Appellate Advocacy (Writing)*
    • Criminal Procedure II (Writing)*
    • Drafting & Negotiating Real Estate Documents
    • East/West Negotiation (TUJ course)
    • Estate Planning I (Writing)*
    • International Contract Drafting (TUJ course)
    • Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling
    • Introduction to Trial Advocacy
    • Legal, Professional & Business Aspects of Law Practice
    • Mediation Advocacy
    • Negotiating and Documenting Corporate Transactions
    • Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Corporate Acquisitions Agreements (Writing)*
    • Pennsylvania Divorce Law and Practice
    • Role of In-House Counsel
    • Transactional Practice I
    • Transactional Skills Workshop
    • Trial Advocacy I
    • Trial Advocacy II
    • Trial Team – Evidence & Strategy
    • U.S. Business Planning for International Transactions
    *Writing courses taken to fulfill the Professional Skills requirement cannot also fulfill the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
  4. GPA: Attain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  5. Semesters-In-Residence: Satisfy the semesters-in-residence requirement by taking six full-time or eight part-time semesters. (Students who transfer between programs must consult with the Associate Dean to make sure this require-ment is met.) Part-Time students should see Semesters-In-Residence below with respect to Accelerated Graduation.
  6. Completion of Program: Complete all graduation requirements within six years. Those taking an authorized leave of absence for active military duty may exceed six years.