Law, JD

Degree: Juris Doctor (JD)

Graduate School Option

Students in the School of Law who are not enrolled in a dual-degree program may take up to nine hours of approved courses in the other graduate and professional schools of Case Western Reserve University and have such courses counted as elective credit toward the JD degree. Such coursework must be graduate-level coursework and must be closely related to the study of law and the student's educational/career objectives.

Academic Regulations

All coursework counting towards requirements of the JD degree must be completed within five years of initial matriculation into law school. Courses completed more than five years prior must be retaken, and the older courses will not be counted towards the degree requirement. A complete list of Academic Regulations for the Juris Doctor program is contained in the Law Student Handbook. Questions can be directed to the School of Law's Academic Services Office.  

Class Attendance Policy

JD students are required to attend all class sessions for which they are registered. Instructors will provide details of their procedures and policies regarding class absence at the beginning of the course. Students who fail to meet responsibilities for class attendance and preparation are subject to dismissal from a course by the Instructor. Students dismissed from a course will receive a grade of WF for the course and will not be eligible to take the exam or complete the work in the class.

Curricular Concentrations

JD students have an option to earn a curricular concentration by focusing their course selections within a particular area of legal study. Requirements for each particular concentration are listed below. In order to receive the concentration, students must earn at least 15-18 credit hours (varies by the specific concentration) in courses within the concentration. Each concentration has a number of prescribed required courses, along with a menu of courses that can be counted as elective hours. Each concentration also has a writing requirement (a substantial research paper on a topic applicable to the concentration) and a capstone experience requirement (related to the concentration). Specific courses applicable to each concentration are subject to change by faculty review.  Students should contact the School of Law's Academic Services Office for the applicable concentration requirements.