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The Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree
The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) will be conferred upon students who have successfully
completed all requirements of South Texas College of Law for graduation. There are three
graduating classes each year (May-spring semester; July-summer session; December-fall semester) with two graduation ceremonies. The May graduation ceremony honors the May and July graduates.The December graduation ceremony honors the December graduates. Both ceremonies are held off campus.

Requirements for Graduation

The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) will be conferred upon students who have successfully completed all requirements of South Texas College of Law for graduation. There are three graduating classes each year (May-spring semester; July-summer session; December-fall semester) with two graduation ceremonies. The May graduation ceremony honors the May and July graduates and is traditionally held off campus. The December graduation ceremony honors the December graduates. The size of the graduating class will determine the location of the ceremony, whether on or off campus.

Requirements for Graduation

A candidate for a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree is required to:

  1. Meet all entrance requirements.
  2. Earn at least 90 semester hours of credit with a passing grade and a cumulative grade average of 2.200 or better within seven years of the date of first enrollment. No more than 30 semester hours
    may be earned at other law schools. (See Visiting Student Status.)
  3. Complete with a passing grade the following required courses for graduation:
    Civil Procedure; Constitutional Law; Contracts I and II; Criminal Law; Evidence; Federal Income Taxation; Legal Research & Writing I and II; Professional Responsibility; Property I and II; Torts I and II; substantial writing (minimum of two hours credit) and professional skills (minimum of two
    credit hours).
  4. Complete the degree no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after commencing law studies.
  5. Complete all required courses in residence, unless required courses were accepted when a student transferred into the college.
  6. Make formal application for graduation.
  7. Pay all fees and tuition charges incurred prior to graduation (see Accounting Services Office Approvals, page 72).
  8. Participate in commencement, unless permission to graduate in absentia is granted by the Dean.
  9. A student under Academic Supervision (see Academic Supervision) must satisfy the following additional requirements for graduation:
    a. Complete with a passing grade the following courses:
    Consumer Transactions, Payment Systems, Secured Transactions, and Texas Pretrial Procedure.
    b. Complete with a passing grade at least six of the following nine courses:
    Agency and Partnership; Corporations; Criminal Procedure; Family Law;
    Marital Property; Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law; Texas Criminal Procedure; Texas Trial & Appellate Procedure; and Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
    c. Attend the college’s bar examination preparation course. Students satisfy this requirement only by attending at least 80 percent of the course’s regularly
    scheduled sessions. Students are not obliged to pay for this course, and it will not count toward the
    90 semester hours credit required for graduation.
    d. If any of the above requirements is not met, the degree cannot be conferred and the anticipated graduation date will move to the next semester. Examples typically include: 1) a grade of “F” or “incomplete” entered on the record or 2) credit not received for a course taken as a visiting student. All requirements must be met within a period no later than one year after the original graduation. The degree will be conferred in the semester when all requirements have been finally met.