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Academic Policies

I. ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

E. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree must successfully complete all required courses, meet minimum academic requirements, earn a minimum of 86 credits and six residency semesters, satisfy the upper-level writing requirement, and maintain a standard of behavior characteristic of a prospective member of the legal profession. In accordance with American Bar Association standards, the course of study for the J.D. degree must be completed no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at Virginia or another law school from which the student transferred.

Candidates for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree must meet minimum academic requirements, earn a minimum of 24 credits and two residency semesters, satisfy the upper-level writing requirement, and maintain a standard of behavior characteristic of a member of the legal profession.

Candidates for the Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree must earn a minimum of 30 credits, complete a dissertation approved by the Graduate Committee and successfully defend the dissertation in an oral examination within five years of admittance to candidacy.

1) REQUIRED COURSES (J.D. DEGREE CANDIDATES ONLY)In addition to the basic first-year required courses (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property and Torts), J.D. degree candidates must successfully complete a professional ethics course and a professional skills course.

2) ACADEMIC RECORD During each academic year of enrollment all degree candidates must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C+ (2.3) and accumulate fewer than three exclusion points (see section I.I).

3) CREDITS J.D. degree candidates must successfully earn a minimum of 86 semester credits. Typically, students complete 30-32 credits during the first year and 54-56 credits during the second and third years. LL.M. degree candidates must successfully earn a minimum of 24 semester credits. S.J.D. students must successfully earn a minimum of 30 semester credits.

4) RESIDENCY J.D. degree candidates must complete six semesters in residence, except in the case of transfer students who receive credit for semesters completed at other law schools and enter with advanced standing. LL.M. degree candidates must complete two semesters in residence. A semester in residence is one in which a student enrolls in a minimum of 12 credits towards the degree and receives grades of D or better for at least nine of those 12 credits.

5) WRITING REQUIREMENT In accordance with American Bar Association standards, all J.D. degree candidates must satisfy the Law School’s upper-level writing requirement by completing at least one substantial research paper during their law school careers (see section I.M). LL.M. degree candidates also must satisfy the Law School’s upper-level writing requirement as part of their degree requirements.

6) CONDUCT All degree candidates must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the good order of the Law School and standards of the legal profession (see section I.O.3).

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