Academic Requirements

To receive a Juris Doctor degree at Seattle University School of Law, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and must successfully complete at least 90 credit hours. All required courses must be successfully completed. Required courses are:

First-Year Courses

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Practice
  • Legal Writing I: Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Property
  • Torts

Upper-Level Courses

  • Constitutional Law (Must be taken in the fall of the 2nd year)
  • Evidence
  • Legal Writing II: Written and Oral Advocacy (Must be taken during the 2nd year)
  • Professional Responsibility

Professional Skills Course

Students are required to complete one professional skills course. There are several varieties of professional skills courses:

  • In clinics, students represent clients under the supervision of Law School faculty.
  • In externships, students work in actual law offices, under the supervision of licensed attorneys who commit to the Law School's learning goals.
  • In simulation courses, students engage in structured role-plays designed to provide lawyering challenges that mirror the demands of practice.
  • In practicum courses, students receive lawyering training through classes and simulations and then have the opportunity to apply their skills in real-life settings.
  • In lab courses, students work on preparing documents in a specific practice area.
  • In Street Law students develop their communication skills and legal knowledge.

Graduation Information

For information on applying for graduation and administrative tuition waivers see the Office of the Registrar's Graduation page.
For information on the Commencement ceremony see Student Life's Graduation page.

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