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Course Requirements (Registrar)

Greetings from the Office of Academic Services! Below you will find the J.D. degree requirements. For a more detailed explanation of degree requirements and registration information please read the Academic Regulations and Requirements Guide and Year-Long Registration Guide.

REQUIREMENTS FOR JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE

Please note that you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill each of these requirements prior to graduation. The Offices of Records and Registration and Academic Services are not able to monitor the transcripts and the curricular choices of every student. Especially prior to registration for your final term, review these requirements to ensure that you will have satisfied all of them. It is of course highly advisable to have the requirements in mind as you make your course selections each term. If you have any questions about the requirements, you should consult an advisor in the Office of Academic Services.

Full-Time Status

The Law School maintains no part-time program in the J.D. Division. Candidates for the J.D. degree are required to register for a full-time program, 12 credits minimum, unless ermission of the Vice Dean or the Executive Committee (a joint committee of law professors, students and administrators) is secured. Such permission will be considered only for reasons of health,family-care responsibilities or other unusual cases of personal hardship.

Additionally, students may take no more than fifteen credit hours per semester, except by advance permission (through a Credit Load Permission Form) of the Office of Academic Services, the Vice Dean, or the Executive Committee, once the bidding cycles are completed.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Refer to the following chart to determine your J.D. graduation requirements. You are encouraged to use the Degree Progress Checklist as a guide to meet your requirements (see form at http://www.law.nyu.edu/academicservices/forms/index.htm).

Number of Credits to Graduate First Year Curriculum Upperclass Required Courses Writing Requirements
83
  • Legislation and Regulatory State
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Lawyering
  • Procedure
  • Torts
  • First Year Elective*

Constitutional Law**
Property**
Professional Responsibility

 

(Courses which satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement appear under the
course topic “Professional
Responsibility” in the Schedule
of Classes.)

One Substantial Writing may be satisfied by writing a paper in connection with a seminar or through Directed Research.

*First-year elective: Constitutional Law, Corporations, Income Taxation, International Law, Property
(Note: Not all courses listed are offered each year)

**Constitutional Law or Property: If taken as a first year elective, the requirement is satisfied. (These two classes must be taken prior to graduation.)

Number of Credits Required for JD degree:
Students must earn at least 83 credits for the JD degree. The following credit restrictions apply.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASS SESSIONS

Of the 83 credits for graduation at least 65 credits must be earned in regularly scheduled class sessions at the Law School which includes the following:

Course Type Credit Cap
Law School courses and seminars N/A
Law School courses and seminars that are cross-listed between the Law School and other units of NYU when the student is registered under the Law School class number N/A
Seminar portion of a clinic (i.e Clinical Seminars) N/A
Clinic fieldwork taught solely by full-time faculty Taken from the overall cap of 12 credits for clinic fieldwork. You may not have more than 12 credits of clinical fieldwork.

NON-CLASSROOM CREDIT CAPS

Of the 83 credits for graduation no more than 18 credits may be earned in non-classroom activities which include the following:

Course Type Credit Maximum For Each Category
Clinical Fieldwork solely taught by adjunct faculty. (see courses with an “NCF” footnote in
the Schedule of Classes.)
Taken from the overall cap of 12 credits for clinic fieldwork. You may not have more than 12 credits of clinical fieldwork.
Directed Research/Fellowship (two semesters)

8

Journals/Moot Court Boards (2 credits for certain 3L editorial work)

2

Marden Competition ( 1 credit per semester)

4

Non-Law Graduate Credits (which are not cross-listed) counted towards the J.D.

12 

Teaching Assistantships

2

NOTE: *If you take more than 18 non-classroom credits, you will have to compensate by taking additional classroom credits.

OVERALL CAPS

Credit/Fail Courses: Students may elect to take up to two courses on a credit/fail basis. Lawyering, Teaching Assistant, Journal, Moot Court and Marden credits do not count towards this cap. For a list of courses offering a credit/fail option please see http://www.law.nyu.edu/recordsandregistration/creditfailjdauditing/index.htm or refer to the course descriptions of specific courses.

Adjunct Faculty Courses (8 Credit Cap): In computing and completing the 83 credits that count toward graduation, students may not
count more than a total of eight credits (in their second and third years combined) in courses taught by certain adjunct faculty. Adjunct courses included in this cap are indicated with an “A” footnote in the Schedule of Classes. Not all adjuncts taught courses are counted toward the maximum cap of eight adjunct credits. Directed Research, writing credits, and non-law courses taught by adjunct faculty counts towards the adjunct cap. It is your responsibility to comply with this limit. If you take more than eight credits in this category, only eight credits can count toward graduation requirements, you will have to compensate by taking additional course credits.

Clinical Fieldwork (12 Credit Cap): In computing and completing the 83 credits that count towards graduation, students may not
count more than 12 credits of clinic fieldwork taught by full and/or adjunct faculty. The clinic seminar is not included in this cap. Clinic fieldwork which falls under this cap has a footnote “NCF” in the Schedule of Classes.