»JD Degree Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to the JD program at Chapman University's Fowler School of Law shall complete the following minimum requirements to earn a JD degree:

  • 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • 88 Units
  • 6 Residency Credits

 First Year Required Curriculum

  • Civil Procedure I and II, Contracts I and II, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Property I and II, Torts I and II, and Criminal Law

Degree Requirements Beyond First Year Curriculum

  • Federal Income Tax (must take in the 2nd year; fall or spring)
  • Corporations OR Business Associations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • A Lawyering Skills Course (see class schedule for approved courses each semester)
  • Substantial (Scholarly) Writing Requirement
  • Practice-Oriented (Practical) Writing Requirement (note that students entering in Fall 2013 and thereafter are required to take two practice-oriented classes)
  • Students entering in Fall 2013 and thereafter may be required to take Practice Foundations-Transactions for graduation

Professionalism Requirement

All students entering in Fall 2013 and thereafter are required to complete at least 9 hours of professionalism and related subjects. This professional development training will be administered by the Office of Career Services. Of the 9 hours required for graduation, the six mandatory program hours identified by the Career Services Office (CSO) must be completed by the end of the first year of legal study. The remaining nine hours of professional development training may be satisfied from a list of training sessions identified by the CSO.  Any student who is unable to attend all six mandatory sessions during their 1L year may petition to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who in his/her discretion may, upon a showing of good cause, allow the student to complete the remaining mandatory sessions in their second year of law school.    

Additional Requirements (based on cumulative first year GPA)

  • Legal Writing Skills course
    • Students must take this course if LRW I OR LRW II grade is below 2.0 OR if determined by the LRW Professor
    • Required courses if cumulative GPA is below 2.6 at the end of the first year (full time and part time students):
      • Criminal Procedure/Police Practice
      • Remedies
      • Wills & Trusts

Additional Requirement (based on class rank)

  • Any student entering their final year of law study ranked in the bottom 25% of their class MUST take Legal Analysis Workshop AND Selected Topics in American Law in order to graduate.  Both of these courses are designed to prepare students for the bar exam.

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