(for students entering Penn State Law (University Park) in and after Fall 2015)
To earn a J.D. degree a student must:
- Earn at least 88 credits, including all first-year required courses. The maximum number of credits permitted per semester is 17.
- Be in residence for six semesters. To be in residence, the student must enroll in at least 12 credits, at full tuition, and not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester. Credits earned through the Semester in Washington Program, the Semester in Harrisburg Program, the Externships Everywhere Program, and authorized Penn State Law semester-long study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement. Credits earned during the summer months may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
- A first-year student who receives an F in Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I may not enroll in Applied Legal Analysis Writing II and must repeat Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I the following academic year. A first-year student who receives an F in Applied Legal Analysis and Writing II loses credit for Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I, irrespective of his or her grade in that course, and must repeat Applied Legal Analysis Writing I and II the following academic year.
- Complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as an Upper Level Writing Seminar course.
- Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility.
- Experiential Learning Credit. Complete with a grade of at least a C one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six credit hours.
- Each student is responsible for fulfilling the above graduation requirements. Students should track their academic record and progress using their Degree Audit (Academic Requirements report), and should seek clarification as needed from the faculty, deans, registrar and other administrative personnel.