GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

This section will describe what requirements for graduation are required of students seeking to receive their Juris Doctor degree from The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for additional and more thorough information pertaining to other academically-related matters.

Course Requirements

A student is required to complete course work for a total of at least 90 credit hours for all courses.

Required Courses and Course Sequencing for Full-Time Students

A student enrolled in the full-time program is required to complete the following courses in the sequence indicated, unless an exception is granted by the Dean or the Dean's designee.

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Required Courses and Course Sequencing for Part-Time Students

A student enrolled in the part-time program is required to complete the following courses in the
indicated sequence unless an exception is granted by the Dean of the Dean's designee.

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Other Required Courses for Full-Time and Part-Time Students

In addition to the above listed courses, a student is required to satisfy both the advanced writing and the skills requirements.

1. Advanced Writing
A student is required to enroll in a two (2) or three (3) hour advanced writing course. The advanced writing requirement is be met by earning a C or better in an advanced writing course. (See Section 12.5.) See the Course Catalog for a list of courses that satisfy the
advanced writing requirement. (See Section 12.5.) A student is required to complete the first-year full-time curriculum prior to enrollment in an advanced writing course, unless a waiver is granted by the Academic Affairs Committee.

2. Skills
A student is required to have at least two credit-hours of skills courses to satisfy the skills requirement. (See Section 12.2.) See the Course Catalog for a list of courses that satisfy the skills requirement.

Limitations on Courses for Credit toward Graduation

1. Not more than a total of twelve (12) credit hours may be utilized toward satisfying graduation requirements by satisfactorily completing the following courses:

  • (a) Any externship,
  • (b) Law Review and Law Review Board,
  • (c) Moot Court (including Moot Court Board, Moot Court Executive Board, and inter-school or intra-school competition credit),
  • (d) Independent Research, and
  • (e) Advanced Clinic.

2. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student is permitted a total of three (3) externships, two (2) clinic courses, or a combination of (1) clinic and (2) two externship courses. Absent permission from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a student may not repeat a clinic or externship, may not enroll in both a clinic and externship in the same semester or summer session, and may not enroll in more than one clinic or more than one externship in any semester or summer session. For enrollment purposes in these limited enrollment courses, a student who has taken one clinic will not receive priority for a second clinic, and a student
who has taken one externship will not receive priority for a second externship.

Waiver of Course Requirement

For good cause shown and to avoid hardship, waiver of completion of any required course may be permitted only with the approval of the Academic Affairs Committee and on conditions set by the Committee.

Twenty-four Month Requirement

A student may complete the law school's degree requirements no earlier than 24 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.

Six-Year Requirement

A student must complete all of such student's graduation requirements within six (6) calendar years from the date of the student's initial enrollment in law school or forfeit all hours earned during this period. The student will, however, be allowed to reapply for
admission as an entering student and compete with other applicants for a position in the entering class, with no credit allowed for prior work. The Academic Affairs Committee may make an exception to the foregoing rule if the student submits a proposed course
of study for approval, but in no event may a student extend study so that the J.D. degree is not completed within 84 months of the time the student commenced law study.

Work at Other Schools

Any work to be taken at another law school on a transient basis must be approved by the Dean prior to the student's attendance at such other law school. Once approved, a student may not utilize more than 30 semester hours toward the student's degree at this
law school, unless an exception is granted by the Academic Affairs Committee.

Grade Requirement

A student must have a grade point average of 2.00 or better in all work undertaken at the University of Memphis to graduate.

Completion of Work

All required courses must be completed. Completion of a course consists of sufficient attendance in class, performance of all required work, the taking of all examinations, making a passing grade (D or above or, in the case of non-graded course, a grade of E or S), with the exception of the research requirement which requires a grade of C or above. (See Section 12.5.) Failure to complete work in any course as it is required, or to take an examination when required, will result in a grade of F in the course. Delay in completing the work in a course may be permitted, as outlined under Delay in Completing Required
Work. (See Section 10.)

Pro Bono Requirement

A student must complete forty hours of pro bono service to graduate. Please see the Pro Bono Program Handbook for more information.