Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Located on Penn State’s University Park campus, Penn State Law offers all of the resources of a world-class, public research institution while also featuring a student-centered academic environment. With a curriculum taught by renowned legal experts, interdisciplinary study opportunities across Penn State’s largest campus, ample clinical and experiential learning opportunities, and a dedicated Career Services team, the Penn State Law J.D. Program is designed to give students the capacity to accomplish all of their professional goals.

The J.D. program at Penn State Law is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in University Park, Pennsylvania. To earn a J.D. degree at Penn State Law a student must:

  1. Earn at least 88 credits, including all first-year required courses. The maximum number of credits permitted per semester is 17.
     
  2. Be in residence for six semesters. To be in residence, the student must enroll in at least 12 credits, at full tuition, and not work more than 20 hours per week during the semester. Credits earned through the Semester in Washington Program, the Semester in Harrisburg Program, the Externships Everywhere Program, and authorized Penn State Law semester-long study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement. Credits earned during the summer months may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
     
  3. A first-year student who receives an F in Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I may not enroll in Applied Legal Analysis Writing II and must repeat Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I the following academic year. A first-year student who receives an F in Applied Legal Analysis and Writing II loses credit for Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I, irrespective of his or her grade in that course, and must repeat Applied Legal Analysis Writing I and II the following academic year.
     
  4. Complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as an Upper Level Writing Seminar course. All courses coded as ULWR and AULWR satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Seminar Requirement. In addition, students may work with a faculty member on an individual research and writing project to satisfy this degree requirement. More Information
     
  5. Complete with a grade of at least C the course in Professional Responsibility.
     
  6. Experiential Learning Credit. Complete with a grade of at least a C one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six credit hours. All courses coded as EXPR, as well as Field Placements (Externships), In-House Clinics and Practicum satisfy the Experiential Credits graduation requirement. More Information
     
  7. Each student is responsible for fulfilling the above graduation requirements. Students should track their academic record and progress using their Academic Requirements report in LionPATH, and should seek clarification as needed from the faculty, deans, Penn State Law registrar and other administrative personnel.

Curriculum

First Year - Fall
PSLFY 900Civil Procedure4
PSLFY 910Criminal Law3
PSLFY 912Applied Legal Analysis and Writing I3
PSLFY 908Legal Research Tools and Strategies2
PSLFY 925Torts4
First Year - Spring
PSLFY 907Criminal Procedure3
PSLFY 903Constitutional Law I3
PSLFY 905Contracts4
PSLFY 914Applied Legal Analysis and Writing II2
PSLFY 920Property4
Second or Third Year
PRORP 934Professional Responsibility3
Required Experiential Learning Credits 6
Required Upper-Level Writing Seminar Course 2-3
Elective Credits 44-45
Total Credits88

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Located on Penn State’s University Park campus, Penn State Law offers all of the resources of a world-class, public research institution while also featuring a student-centered academic environment. With a curriculum taught by renowned legal experts, interdisciplinary study opportunities across Penn State’s largest campus, ample clinical and experiential learning opportunities, and a dedicated Career Services team available to work with students from day one, the Penn State Law J.D. Program is designed to give students the capacity to accomplish all of their professional goals.

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