J.D. Program & Required Courses

UDM School of Law offers a three-year full-time program, four-year part-time day and evening programs, and a five-year part-time evening program, all leading to the J.D. degree.

  • Full-time Day Program
    30 credits per year for completion in 3 years
  • Part-time Day Program 
    24 credits per year for completion in 4 years
  • Extended Day Program
    18 credits per year for completion in 5 years 
  • Evening Program
    24 credits per year for completion in 4 years
  • Extended Evening Program
    18 credits per year completion in 5 years

A detailed estimate outlining cost of attendance for each program is available from Financial Aid.

Required Courses

J.D. required courses include: Contracts, Property, Torts, Civil Procedure, Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (ALTA), Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Taxation, up to two Law Firm Program courses, a Clinic, an International Law elective, and an upper-level writing requirement.

New Curriculum

The School of Law offers a curriculum that complIments traditional theory and doctrine-based course work with practical learning, providing a solid transition between law school and a legal career. The entire curriculum not only addresses the third and critical transition year in law school, but enhances the first and second years with more legal theory, intensive legal writing, required clinical experience, and an international perspective. UDM has transformed its curriculum to address the challenges you will face in the profession.