Academic Requirements


Candidates for the J.D. degree are subject to requirements concerning

  • (A) minimum GPA;
  • (B) credit hours earned;
  • (C) terms of enrollment;
  • (D) maximum time for completion;
  • (E) required course;
  • and
  • (F) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Those requirements are explained below. Transfer students, foreign attorneys, and students who visit at other law schools are also subject to the course and credit hour rules in (H). Joint degree students are subject to the rules in (I).

    A. Minimum GPA: Students must attain a minimum cumulative average of 2.00 or higher.
    B.Credit Hours Earned: Students must earn at least 90 credits.
    Three limitations apply to those credits:
      1. At least 76 must be "classroom credits".Credits earned in the following are not classroom credits: Clinics (other than the associated classroom pre-courses); Guardian Ad litem (offered before Fall 2005); Judicial Internship (the 2-credit placement); Consumer Protection Internship (the 2-credit placement); non-law courses; Street Law; Student Activity credits; and Supervised Research. See V.F (Earning Academic Credit) for individual limitations on non-classroom credits.
      2. No more than 12 can be in courses designated as distance learning courses.
      3. At least 60 credits must be earned at NSU Law Center. No more than 30 credits can be earned for courses take in other graduate programs or at other law schools. Even if taken through NSU Law Center, no more than 30 credits can be earned for foreign study. Foreign study credits are credits earned from foreign law schools and credits earned from foreign program sponsored by U.S. law schools.
    C. Terms of Enrollment: Students must complete at least 6 regular semesters (or at least 5 regular semesters and 2 summer terms). To substitute two summer terms for one regular semester, a student must earn at least 10 credits combined for the two summer terms. Students must spend the last four regular semesters as a resident student at the Law Center. Student Affairs can grant exceptions for a legitimate academic purpose or in cases of personal or family hardship, but a student must spend at least two of the last four semesters in residence at the Law Center, and must spend at least four semesters in total in residence at the Law Center.
    D. Maximum Time for Completion: Unless waived by the faculty for good cause, students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of beginning studies as a full-time student (6 years of beginning as a part-time student). The faculty will not grant a waiver that would result in a student completing the program more than 7 years after beginning.
E. Required Courses: Pass all of the course listed in Categories 1, 2, and 3 below:

  • Category 1 Courses Required of All Students:
  • Category 2 Courses for Which Students Must Satisfy Requirements from Each of Three Menus:

First Year Full-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Contracts

Civil Procedure

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law I

Lawyering Skills and Values I

Lawyering Skills and Values II

Legal Study Skills I

Legal Study Skills II1

Torts

Property

 

First Year Full-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Contracts

Civil Procedure

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law I

Lawyering Skills and Values I

Lawyering Skills and Values II

Legal Study Skills I

Legal Study Skills II1

Torts

Property

1 May be waived if cumulative 2.70 or higher for first semester.

Second Year Full-Time Division (see also Category 3)

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Business Entities

Two of three upper class menu courses

Constitutional Law II

 

Evidence

 

 

Second Year Part-Time Division (see also Category 3)

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Constitutional Law I

Two of three upper class menu courses

Criminal Law

 

 

Third Year Part-Time Division

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

Business Entities

 

Constitutional Law II

 

Evidence

 

Before Graduation, Both Divisions: Professional Responsibility
Final Semester, Both Divisions: Advanced Legal Analysis
Critical Skills Program (CSP) Requirements:  Students will not be allowed to graduate until Student Affairs receives a certificate of completion with regard to their CSP requirements.
Advanced Lawyering Skills and Values (ALSV) Menu: Students must pass at least 2 courses from a single track: general practice; litigation; or transactional.  A list of qualifying ALSV offerings appears on the Academic Affairs page of the Law Center website.  (Notes:  A student cannot satisfy this requirement by taking both Negotiating Workshop and Interviewing & Counseling.  Litigation track students must pass Civil Pre-Trial Practice.)
Upper Class Course Menu: Students must pass at least 2 of the following 3 courses: Criminal Procedure; Family Law; and Wills & Trusts.  These three courses are offered every winter semester in both day and evening division.  (Notes: A student who takes Criminal Procedure AAMPLE® (in summer 2007 or earlier) is deemed to have successfully completed Criminal Procedure but is eligible to retake the course for P/D/F credit. A student who takes Introduction to Fourth Amendment AAMPLE® (in summer 2008 or thereafter) is not deemed to have successfully completed the Criminal Procedure menu course and will be graded on the regular law school grading scale if he/she enrolls in Criminal Procedure.  A student will be treated as passing Wills & Trusts by passing either the combined Wills & Trusts course or both of the separate courses in Trusts and Wills.)
Upper Class Writing Requirement:  Students must earn at least a C+ in a Seminar or have a full-time Shepard Broad Law Center faculty member certify that a note or comment written for Nova Law Review or Journal of International & comparative Law is of comparable quality.  (Notes:  A Seminar must be taught by a full-time Shepard Broad Law Center faculty member or an NSU emeritus/emerita faculty member.  Seminar will appear in the course title.  A student who will be attending another law school as a transient student may petition the Associate Dean—Academic Affairs for permission to count a seminar taught at that other school for writing requirement credit.  If the Associate Dean grants permission, a full-time NSU Law faculty member must read the seminar paper and certify that it satisfies the writing requirement.  Supervised Research does not satisfy the upper class writing requirement for any student who enrolled after Fall 2002.)

  • Category 3 Critical Skills Program Second Year Program:

Students whose overall first year grade point average is below 2.60 must pass Elements of Legal Analysis I.  Second year students whose overall average is below 2.60 after the first semester of second year must also successfully complete Elements of Legal Analysis II.   Second year students who did not earn at least a 2.60 in either first year semester must successfully complete Elements of Legal Analysis II even if their overall average is at least 2.60 after the first semester of second year.

  • F.Approval by the Board of Trustees. A student can graduate with a J.D. degree from the Law Center only upon recommendation of the Law Center forwarded through the Dean’s Office to the President and Trustees of the University.  The University will not confer a degree until the Law Center’s Student Affairs Office determines the student has met all requirements, both academic and financial, and has forwarded the student’s name to the University.  A student must pay all debts owed to the University before graduating, receiving grades or transcripts, receiving a Dean’s Certificate to take any bar examination, or receiving any other administrative services from the University.  A student will graduate on the degree conferral date determined by the University Board of Trustees.

 

 

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