Academic Services

Program Requirements

A. Full-Time Status

B. Required Courses

C. Overall Caps

D. Non-Classroom Credit Caps

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


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 JD Division. Candidates for the JD 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 JD 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
83
  • Administrative and Regulatory State
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Lawyering
  • Procedure
  • Torts
  • First Year Elective*

Constitutional Law**
Property** (New as of 2014 must be taken anytime before graduation.)

Professional Responsibility

(Courses which satisfy the Professional Responsibility requireemnt appear under the course topic "Professional Responsibility" in the Schedule of Classes, unless otherwise noted.)

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

*First-year elective: Constitutional Law, Corporations, Income Taxation, International Law or Property.

(NOTE: Not all courses listed are offered each year.)

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

Additional Note on Property: While you have the option to take Property in your third year, we do hope that many of you will continue to take the class in your second year. The faculty still feel that it is an important foundational class for many upper level courses across areas of study. Property, like Constitutional Law, may be a prerequisite for some upper-level courses that you wish to take. As such, we encourage you to consult with faculty regarding why it may be more advantageous to take Property (or even Constitutional Law) early in your law school career/studies.

Number of Credits Required for JD degree: Students must earn at least 83 credits for the JD 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.

In exceptional circumstances, when a student who has elected to pursue a Professional Pathway is unable to take an adjunct-taught course within the Pathway because it is not exempt from the adjunct cap and the student would thereby exceed the adjunct cap, the vice dean, after consulting with and obtaining the agreement of the relevant Pathways Advisor, can waive the adjunct cap for that student for that course, provided that no more than 4 additional credit counting towards the J.D. degree may be added in this way.

Clinical COURSES AND Fieldwork (30 Credit Cap):

For J.D. candidates, the total number of credit hours granted for law school clinical courses, field placement programs and externships, including classroom components, may not exceed 30 of the 83 credit hours required for graduation.

Additionally, of the 83 credits for graduation no more than 19 credits may be earned in “non-classroom” activities, which include some clinics and externships. In determining whether credits earned in a clinic or externship are subject to the 19-credit maximum for “non-classroom credits,” the following rules apply:

(1) Credits earned in the seminar component of a clinic or externship are treated like any other seminar and thus do not count against the 19-credit maximum for “non-classroom credits.”

(2) Credits earned in the fieldwork component of an externship are “non-classroom credits” for purposes of the 19-credit maximum for non-classroom credits.

(3) Credits earned in the fieldwork component of a clinic qualify as in-class credits and do not count against the 19-credit maximum for “non-classroom credits” if (a) the clinic’s fieldwork involves actual clients and includes opportunities to advise or represent a client and (b) a full-time or adjunct faculty member directly supervises the fieldwork. If the fieldwork does not satisfy these criteria, then credits earned in the fieldwork count against the 19-credit maximum for non-classroom credits.

D. Non-Classroom Credit Caps:

Of the 83 credits for graduation no more than 19** credits may be earned in non-classroom activities which include the following:

Course Type

Credit Maximum for Each Category

Clinical Fieldwork if Clinical Courses and Fieldwork items 3(a) and 3(b) are not satisfied (see courses with an "NCF" footnote in the Schedule of Classes.)

Counts towards the 30 credits of clinic seminars, fieldwork, and externship components.

Directed Research/Fellowship (no more than 3 credits per semester).

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 JD

12

Teaching Assistantships.

2

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

Of the 83 credits for graduation at least 64 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). Counts towards the 30 credits of clinic seminars, fieldwork, and externship components.
Clinic fieldwork if Clinical Courses and Fieldwork items 3(a) and 3(b) are satisfied. Counts towards the 30 credits of clinic seminars, fieldwork, and externship components.