Juris Doctor Degree Requirements
In order to be eligible for graduation, all candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must meet the following requirements:
- completion of a course of study for the J.D. degree no earlier than 24 months and, except in extraordinary circumstances, no later than 84 months after commencing law study at Baylor or a law school from which Baylor has accepted transfer credit [ABA Standard 311(b)];
- completion of 126 quarter hours of credit;
- an overall cumulative grade point average of two grade points for each quarter hour of credit received for all courses;
- completion of required seminar hours of professional development programming (information below);
- a student may not use more than 12 hours of pass/fail credit to satisfy the 126 hours required to graduate;
- a student must make reasonable progress toward satisfying the requirements for graduation, but may not, under any circumstances, take more than 17 hours of credit in any given quarter;
- satisfactory completion of all courses designated as core required courses; and
- at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in the core required courses.
Core Required Courses
|LAW 9101||Legal Analysis, Research and Communication 1: Introduction to Legal Writing, Part 1||2|
|LAW 9103||Legal Analysis, Research & Communication 2: Introduction to Legal Writing, Part 2||1|
|LAW 9203||Legal Analysis, Research & Writing 3: Persuasive Communications||2|
|LAW 9207||Taxation & Accounting Principles for Lawyers||2|
|LAW 9405||Civil Procedure||4|
|LAW 9407||Contracts 1||4|
|LAW 9408||Contracts 2||4|
|LAW 9401||Constitutional Law: Structure, Power & Legislation||4|
|LAW 9301||Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties||3|
|LAW 9303||Criminal Law||3|
|LAW 9356||Criminal Procedure||3|
|LAW 9411||Property 1||4|
|LAW 9312||Property 2||3|
|LAW 9413||Torts 1||4|
|LAW 9314||Torts 2||3|
|LAW 9104||Legal Analysis, Research & Communication 4: Transactional Drafting||1|
|LAW 9105||Legal Analysis, Research & Communication 5: Litigation Drafting||1|
|LAW 9521||Business Organizations 1||5|
|LAW 9504||Trusts and Estates||5|
|LAW 9527||Practice Court 1: Pretrial Practice & Procedure||5|
|LAW 9520||Practice Court 2: Trial Evidence, Procedure & Practice||5|
|LAW 9229||Professional Responsiblity||2|
|LAW 9528||Practice Court 3: Trial & Post-Trial Practice, Procedure & Evidence||5|
Additional Required Courses
Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.4 or lower at the end of the third quarter of law school (when all grades are completed) are required to take five of the following seven courses prior to graduation. These courses are not included when calculating the cumulative grade point average in the core required courses for purposes of determining eligibility for graduation.
|LAW 9235||Administration of Estates||2|
|LAW 9350||Advanced Criminal Procedure||3|
|LAW 9342||Commercial Law: Secured Transactions||3|
|LAW 9383||Conflict of Laws||3|
|LAW 9360||Constitutional Law: Freedom of Speech||3|
|LAW 9370||Family Law||3|
|LAW 9332||Wealth Transfers||3|
To remain in good standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher and the student must graduate within seven years after matriculation. A student withdrawn for more than one year may not return without approval of the Faculty Academic Standards Committee. In no event will a student withdrawn for more than two years be allowed to continue legal studies. Such a student must seek readmission as an entering student.
Professional Development Requirement
Employers want graduates who are knowledgeable about the professional and business practicalities of practicing law. While in Law School, Baylor Law students are required to attend a number of seminar hours of professional development programming on such topics as client relations, law firm economics and financial management, legal billing and time management, legal marketing and networking, professional organizations and leadership opportunities, navigation through common ethical issues, job search strategies, and professional writing. Our goal is to produce professionals who are truly "practice ready" and prepared to succeed.
Students are not expected to attend any professional development sessions during the third quarter in the midst of moot court exercises, or during Practice Court quarters in the third year. For the remaining six quarters of law school, students should plan to attend approximately 3 hours each quarter to earn 21 hours (fall 2022 entering class) or 18 hours (students who matriculated prior to fall 2022) of attendance. Although students are welcome to attend as many seminar and workshops as they choose, no more than 5 hours of credit may be earned in one quarter, so it is important not to delay attendance. Although most offerings will not be mandatory, students must attend those which are mandatory. There is also a category of Introductory-level offerings (essentially "Day-in-the-Life" seminars) for which a maximum of 3 seminar hours may be credited, although students are free to attend as many of these offerings as desired.
Most seminars will be scheduled either during the afternoons, with occasional evening seminars. More popular seminars will be offered on a repeat basis more than once per year, in order to provide multiple opportunities for attendance. In order to track progress toward completing the requirement, the student will swipe their Baylor ID card through a card reader at the end of each seminar. Students will also be asked to turn in an evaluation form at that time to help the Law School evaluate the quality of each seminar speaker.
Additional information about the program, including the programming schedule, is available on the Professional Development webpage.