McGeorge School of Law

JD Degree Requirements

The varied curriculum at McGeorge gives students an opportunity to explore many areas of law and master critical lawyering skills. The rigor of the core curriculum prepares students for the bar exam and legal practice. Electives allow students to explore specialized areas, and you may choose to add a certificate of concentration to your JD program to gain expertise in a particular practice area. The Experiential Curriculum prepares you for legal practice through hands-on active learning where you are placed in the role of an attorney under careful supervision in one of our pioneering legal clinics or intensive field placements.

We're Changing with the Times

Recently McGeorge's faculty has undertaken a comprehensive review of the law school's curriculum, to restructure the JD program to prepare law students for law practice of the future. These changes are being phased in over a several year period; during this period, the graduation requirements will vary from one graduating class to the next. Below is an overview of the most up-to-date list of graduation requirements. Current McGeorge students should refer to the specific degree requirements for their graduating class to ensure they are on track.

Overview of the Graduation Requirements

To earn a Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from McGeorge School of Law, students must satisfactorily complete the following graduation requirements:

Requirement Description
Units 88 units minimum, 72 of which must be graded units.
Required Courses Analytical Skills Lab (1)
Civil Procedure (4)
Constitutional Law (4)
Contracts (4)
Criminal Law (4)
Evidence (4)
Principles of Legal Analysis I (1) – if applicable
Global Lawyering Skills I (2,2)
Legal Profession (1)
Legislation & Regulation (3)
Professional Responsibility (2)
Property (4)
Torts (4)
Upper Division Writing Requirement Global Lawyering Skills II (2,2) or Comment Staff Writer on the The University of the Pacific Law Review
Experiential Curriculum Externship or Legal Clinic (three (3) units minimum; students who work full time during normal business hours may seek a waiver through the Office of Student Affairs) and eight (8) units of Simulation and Practicum Courses, including at least one (1) Simulation Course and one (1) Practicum Course.
Directed Study Program (students in the lower 50% of their division after first year) Academic advising each year through the Office of Student Affairs
Principles of Legal Analysis II (1)
Business Associations (4)
Remedies & Principles of Law (3)
PASS I (2 P/F)
At least one (1) of the following bar courses: Community Property (2), Criminal Procedure (3), or Wills & Trusts (3)
Good Academic Standing Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.33.
Period of Study Complete the JD Degree within 84 months of matriculation.
Bar Exam A JD degree candidate may not sit for any bar exam prior to completion of all degree requirements. An exception may be made for a student who wishes to sit for the Delaware or North Dakota bar exam, which are offered only one time per year.
Application for Graduation File an Application for Graduation Form with the Office of the Registrar no later than the Add/Drop Deadline of your final term.


This webpage is a summary of the degree requirements set forth in the McGeorge Catalog and Grading and Advancement Committee Rules, Regulations, and Procedures ("G&A Rules") (pdf) and explained in the Student Handbook (a.k.a., Black Book) — JD (pdf) (pages 18 and 20). All students are responsible for reading those documents, and for ensuring that they comply with all graduation requirements. Any student who anticipates that he or she will graduate earlier or later than expected is advised to seek academic advising with the Office of Student Affairs and must notify the Office of the Registrar of any changes to your expected graduation date.

McGeorge may require a leave upon specified terms, terminate a student's enrollment, or decline to award a degree if the Administration determines that this is in the best interests of the law school or that a student is not qualified for admission to the legal profession because of factors other than academic standing. Determinations about academic standing are made in accordance with the G&A Rules (pdf). Determinations about the conduct described in the Code of Student Responsibility (pdf) are made in accordance with the Code. Copies of both documents are available online and from the Office of Student Affairs.


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