Academic Services

Program Requirements

A. Full-Time Status

B. Required Courses

C. Overall Caps

D. Regularly Scheduled Class Sessions (at the Law School)

E. Non-Classroom Credit Caps


Please note that you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill each of these requirements prior to graduation. The Office of Records and Registration is 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, FH 400.


A. 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 permission of the Vice Dean or the Executive Committee 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, FH 400, the Vice Dean, or the Executive Committee, a joint committee of law professors, law students, and administrators.


B. Required Courses:

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 here).

Number of Credits to Graduate First Year Curriculum Upper Class Required Courses Writing Requirements
  • Administrative and Regulatory State
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Lawyering
  • Procedure
  • Property*
  • Torts
  • First Year Elective**

Constitutional Law***

Professional Responsibility

One Substantial Writing is required for students graduating January 2008 and forward.

*Property, although a required course, may be taken in either the first year in the spring semester or second year (but may not be taken in the third year). If Property is not elected in the first year, a student must take one of the four first-year electives listed below.

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

***Constitutional Law: If taken as a first year elective the requirement is satisfied.

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


C. Overall Caps:

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 adjunct taught courses are counted toward the maximum cap of eight adjunct credits. Directed Research, Writing Credits, and non-law courses count towards the adjunct cap.  It is your responsibility to comply with this limit. While you may take more than eight credits in this category, only eight credits can count toward graduation requirements.


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.



D. Regularly Scheduled Class Sessions (at the Law School):

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 as specified by the Office of Academic Services in the Online Curriculum Update. Taken from the overall cap of 12 credits for clinic fieldwork. You may not have more than 12 credits of clinical fieldwork.



E. 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.

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 (no more than 3 credits per semester).


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


Marden Competition ( 1 credit per semester).


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

10 (12 for joint degree students)

Teaching Assistantships.



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