UMKC Catalog


J.D. Degree Requirements - Graduation Requirements

The requirements for the J.D. degree:

  1. Completion of 91 credit hours, 80 of which must be classroom credits.
  2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (see Administrative Rules and Regulations, Scholastic Probation and Dismissal, in this section).
  3. Six semesters in residence carrying not less than 10 classroom credit hours each semester.

    Acceleration. For purposes of being considered “in residence”, two UMKC summer sessions may count together to form one semester in residence (except with respect to the School's summer abroad courses). Thus, students taking five regular semesters and two summer sessions at the Law School having at least ten classroom credit hours may graduate in 2 1/2 years. A student desiring to attend a summer abroad program offered by another school should check with the Associate Dean for Students to see if the program may count as 1/2 of an in-residence semester.

  4. Completion of all required courses (see Required Courses in this section).

  5. Fulfilling the school's research and writing requirement. This requires students to have a rigorous writing experience evidencing legal analysis resulting in a paper of professional quality.
  6. Fulfilling the school's professional skills requirement.
  7. Regular and punctual class attendance.
  8. Successful completion of all coursework within five years from the day students began their course of studies leading toward the degree. A student will not be allowed to enroll in any course after the five-year period.