Requirements for the Juris Doctor Degree

The University of Dayton School of Law offers a full-time program to earn your Juris Doctor degree. You must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours to obtain a J.D. You can complete the program in either five or six semesters, and can begin classes in either the summer or fall semester. 

Students Who Began Their Legal Studies in May 2011 or After

The following overview of our curriculum applies to students who began their legal studies in May 2011 or after.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students must take one of the following courses:

Additional Upper-Level Requirement

ADR Requirement

Students must take one of the following courses:

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Students Who Began Their Legal Studies in August 2010 or Before

The following overview our of curriculum applies to students who are currently enrolled and began their legal studies in August 2010 or before. Students must complete 18 required courses, including an orientation, an externship, a capstone course or clinical experience, and 15 other core courses.

Prior to Beginning Classes

  • Introduction to Legal Studies and Professionalism - Orientation

First Year: First Semester

First Year: Second Semester

Upper Level

ADR Requirement

Students must take one of the following courses:

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School of Law

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300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772

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