To be eligible to receive the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from Drake University Law School, a candidate must have completed 90 semester hours for law credit within 84 months of entering law school (including a minimum of 69 semester hours in regularly scheduled class sessions); must have completed all required courses, including the advanced writing requirement and a designated professional skills course; must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all law work attempted; and must have earned six residence credits. For a complete list of graduation requirements, see Student Handbook § 5.2.
ADVANCED WRITING REQUIREMENT - Student Handbook § 5.2.2
All graduates must earn a minimum of two credits through completion of a writing requirement, in addition to the first-year research, writing and appellate argument program.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENT - Student Handbook § 5.2.8
Each student is required to take at least one of the courses listed below prior to graduation:
- Advanced Criminal Defense Trial Clinic
- Advanced General Civil Practice Clinic
- Appellate Advocacy Clinic
- Children’s Rights Clinic
- Contract Drafting
- Criminal Defense Clinic
- Criminal Motions Practicum
- Domestic Violence Immigration Clinic
- Elder Law Clinic
- Employment Discrimination Litigation
- Environmental Practice
- Estate Planning
- General Civil Practice Clinic
- Health Care Practicum
- Income Tax Clinic
- Juvenile Delinquency Clinic
- Legal Interviewing and Counseling
- Legislative Practice
- Pretrial Advocacy
- Real Estate Transaction Drafting
- Trial Advocacy
- Transactional Clinic
- Will Drafting
A student may not count one course towards both the skills requirement and the advanced writing requirement.
69 CREDIT HOUR MINIMUM: REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASS SESSIONS - Student Handbook § 5.2.7
Drake Law School requires that each student must successfully complete a course of study in residence of not fewer than 90 credit hours of instruction time, including a minimum of at least 69 credit hours of instruction time in regularly scheduled class sessions. The following courses will not count toward the 69 credit-hour “regularly scheduled class session” minimum, but will count towards the 90 credit-hour graduation requirement:
2. Independent Study, Law 615;
3. Interdisciplinary and Joint Degree Credit;
4. Drake Law Review and Agricultural Law Journal;
5. Moot court, mock trial competitions, and related competitions.
INTERNSHIP/CLINIC RULE - Student Handbook § 5.2.3
A maximum of 15 hours of internships and 15 hours of clinics may be applied toward graduation.
RESIDENCE CREDITS – Student Handbook § 5.2.6
Students need 6 residence credits to graduate. One residence credit is earned in each Fall or Spring semester in which a student is enrolled for at least 10 credit hours. If a student enrolls for less than 10 credit hours in the fall or spring, the student will earn the number of credits enrolled divided by 10 (e.g. – 5 credits = ½ residence credit). In the summer, students can earn ½ residence credit for 5 or more credits and ¼ residence credit for 3 or 4 credits. No more than ½ residence credit can be earned in any summer.
Students must submit a completed Graduation Checklist to Krista Magill in the Deans' Suite prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to use the applicable Graduation Checklist to monitor their graduation requirements as they progress through law school.
1. Students commencing law school prior to 2013 should use Graduation Checklist 2011 & 2012.
2. Students commencing law school in 2013 or after should use Graduation Checklist 2013.
This is merely a summary of graduation requirements. For a complete and binding explanation of the requirements, please see the applicable Law School catalog.