To graduate with a J.D. degree from the UNT Dallas College of Law, the following requirements must be met:
- Credit hour requirement. Students must complete no less than 88 semester credit hours.
- Residency requirement. Students must complete at least 53 hours in residence.
- Completion of required courses. For the required courses, see required courses listed in Requirements.
- Completion of the writing requirement, the skills requirement, the research requirement, the experiential requirement, and the practice-related technology requirement. Read more about these requirements in Upper-Level Curriculum.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Complete all requirements in no less than 24 months and in no more than 6 years after matriculating at the College of Law or at a law school from which the student has received transfer credit. The ABA Standards address the pace at which a student may complete his or her legal studies. Standard 304(c) requires that the course of study for a J.D. degree be completed “no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.” The College of Law has adopted a maximum period of 6 years (72 months). In exceptional circumstances, the College of Law may extend this requirement but for no more than the maximum allowed by ABA Standard 304(c).